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Do You Favor a Ban on Burning Leaves?

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Nov 03, 2012 9:48 pm

VOTE: Do You Favor a Ban on Burning Leaves?

Many state and local government bodies have outlawed placing leaves and other yard waste material in landfills. So, how do you dispose of your leaves in the fall?

By Ron Kremer
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5:50 am

Citizen rights? Government intervention?

Who knew leaf disposal could generate such a heated debate? Some of the debate stems from the fact many state and local goverment bodies now ban leaves and other yard wates from being placed in landfills.

On one side of the issue, there are those who consider burning leaves a time-honored family tradition. On the other side, there are those who raise public health and safety concerns.

At Patch, we want to know what you think. Do you favor a ban on burning leaves? Vote in our Patch poll. And check back to see the final results when voting ends at 9 p.m. Monday, Nov. 5.

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Global warming and Hurricane Sandy

Published: November 02, 2012 4:00 PM
Updated: November 02, 2012 4:01 PM


Destructive, devastating, catastrophic - words can not describe the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S.A. The single factor that makes a nasty storm become a monstrous storm is the temperature of our oceans. The single factor that has raised the temperature of our oceans is the carbon products we have emitted into our atmosphere.

The atmospheric carbon numbers have exceeded 400ppm for the first time in recorded history. We have wrapped our earth in a big downe jacket and the temperature is inevitably rising. Sandy is surely the biggest wake-up call yet we have been given with regards to our industrial and residential emissions that have been gathering pace for 200 years.

We need to ask ourselves, our regional governments, our national governments and international agencies “what are we doing to lower our emissions?” Your emissions and our regional industries all contribute to our regional pollution levels and eventually to atmospheric carbon levels. Each and every one of us is responsible for our oceans warming and for the generation of these super storms. In Metro Vancouver, we had the worst air pollution ever in July, August, and September. The regional AQ numbers were seldom below 3 and frequently 4 and 5. On at least one occasion the AQ reached 6. Do not for a moment think 6 out of 12 (the max) is not bad. The 6 should be measured against 3 and 7. 3 is when the twenty percent of people with lung/heart issues get sick and 7 is when all of us will get sick. The past summer’s hot temperatures trapped our emissions and caused these very bad AQ measurements. Our summer carbons have now been added to the atmosphere of our planet, as happens every year except this year we got caught regionally.

As winter approaches, our regional biomass systems and residential wood-burning are starting up. These totally unnecessary emissions will now be impacting our regional pollution levels, as well as poisoning our neighbourhoods. We need to write and call our municipal and regional politicians and let them know clearly and unequivocably that we want to be part of the solution and not the problem. All our efforts and resources should be applied to get us off fossil fuels and, in the interim, move us to gas-fired energy (which is half the pollution levels of coal and bioenergy) and hybrid/electric vehicles, and in the longer term move us to solar and wind energy and electric vehicles. Of course, we will retain gasoline and diesel engines for those jobs that need mega horsepower but do you and I really need a 6 cylinder diesel SUV to collect a litre of milk from the local store? We need to consign the Emites to the history bin where the Luddites were sent 150 years ago.

I urge all of you who have discretionary resources to email and offer support to the tens of thousands in the Eastern Seaboard who are now without homes; worse will follow as many will soon be without incomes as businesses struggle to restart. Make no mistake, this is a catastrophic disaster and we all need to help.

John McCrossan


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