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Science  22 Jan 2016:
Vol. 351, Issue 6271, pp. 319
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf2138

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  • RE: Why not suggest specific action that can taken immediately
    • Dr. Walter Brooks, Retired Ph.D Organic Chemist,, 50 yr member ACS and long time subscriber to Science

    As a resident of WA state, I could easily suggest actions to take. 1. Stop cutting tree in the huge national forests of our area. 2. Devote work to reduce forest debris in ecologically conscioius manner ( We just this year had the largest forest fire in the states history of one million acres). 3. Start immediate to provide free public transportation so people can get to work, doctor, shopping or regional vacation needs. 4. Most difficult of all encourage smaller family size, our family has done. 5. Use the currently available technology to generate solar, wind and wave power generation. 6. Make major efforts to build agricultural facilities to utilize, carbon dioxide, waste heat, and waste, non toxic water. 7. Create a better utilization system to collect rain water everywhere to remove contaminants and debris. 8. Place an emergency development status on any nuclear fusion power source right now.
    9. Stop the use of coal and petroleum products as rapidly as possible. 10. Create electric railroad infrastructure to move people and freight on an emergency basis. 11. Stop transoceanic surface traffic with submarine ships. These ideas do not need further study we just have to take action, spend the money, and stop arguing about it. If we do not make these investments we will continue to see major coastal destruction, vast destruction by very powerful storms and drought. We are already seeing these potential issues what are we waiting for!!

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