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Letters to The Solar, Nov. 22, 2022: Senior ranges of presidency should take care of local weather change 

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Re: B.C. floods: One 12 months after catastrophe and there’s ‘no cash to forestall the prepare wreck’ that’s coming

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Communities similar to Merritt and Abbotsford live on borrowed time. One results of local weather change is hotter air, which holds extra water vapour. Mockingly, hotter air ends in extra, extreme droughts and floods, typically a mixture of each.

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Ignoring the influence of local weather change, the West Coast is topic to massive scale flooding, such because the Fraser River flood of 1894 and the California mega flood of 1861-62. All that’s wanted is a sequence of atmospheric rivers hitting a area over a protracted interval. Paleoclimate data present a succession of mega floods, one each century or two.

One other implication of worldwide warming is that previous climate patterns will likely be much less predictive of the longer term climate. Hotter air might enlarge flooding, significantly if mixed with a stalling of the jet stream for a protracted interval. There could also be a rise in each the frequency and severity of extreme droughts and flooding, which together with sea stage rise, creates rising threat of occasions with no historic parallel.

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Municipalities lack the fiscal pockets to take care of local weather change. Senior ranges of presidency should come to the desk.

John Shepherd, Richmond

The band Chilliwack is a nationwide treasure

I’ve learn loads about Nickelback being inducted into the Canadian Music Corridor of Fame. Nice for them. However I heard nothing concerning the band Chilliwack being inducted in 2019 together with the late Bobby Curtola, Cowboy Junkies and Andy Kim. We have been all set to fly to the Junos in Saskatoon that March however simply then the world shut down. No awards evening, no person knew and nonetheless don’t actually know. Nickelback has had longevity, I’ll give them that.

However Invoice Henderson is Canadian songwriting royalty — pumping out Canadian hits for the reason that late Sixties. He additionally nonetheless writes, data and produces music. He’s a part of an elite group that paved the best way for Canadian Music to experience on — together with Nickelback. Perhaps someday somebody ought to sit down with him and his huge catalogue and let the world learn about this nationwide treasure once more. No offence, Chad. None taken, I’m positive!

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Gord Maxwell, Port Coquitlam

Sunshine Coast has a water storage downside

Re: Drought state of emergency lifted for B.C.’s Sunshine Coast, water restrictions keep

Right here we go once more. I received’t deny that we’re coping with local weather change. However for the Sunshine Coast, we’re largely coping with years of head-in-the-sand administration by a string of woefully inept native governments and being continuously ignored by our provincial authorities. Our haphazard water administration by the regional district board doesn’t even present us with a coast-wide water system. Some residents are washing driveways and having fun with showers, whereas some are saving sink water and questioning a few second cup of espresso. Native companies are being shut down as a result of they occur to function throughout the Chapman Creek watershed. We don’t, and by no means have had, a water scarcity, we’ve got a water storage downside. Now we face a winter water scarcity as a result of there’s such little ahead considering that with issues now freezing, rain/snow can’t simply be absorbed.

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Within the 18 years we’ve lived right here, we’ve got seen the inhabitants develop exponentially whereas our water storage functionality has not modified. Residents can solely be requested to take action a lot and now the very operation of our hospital is threatened. With out increasing our storage, this state of affairs will solely grow to be worse sooner or later

M. Eastley, Sechelt

What about water scarcity?

Re: Canada’s LNG export goals might depart B.C. powerless to pursue different alternatives

The op-ed by Clear Vitality Canada, rightly involved about growing shortages of current and future electrical energy era capabilities right here and overseas, has failed to say one of many single most crucial phrases in the issue, and answer(s): water.

Website C, as soon as on-line, and lots of present energy producing dams depend upon water, itself steadily projected to decrease in availability as main glaciers disappear, and their downstream waters dry up. What then?

If local weather targets collide head-on with inhabitants survival wants, which is most definitely to prevail? … That’s a rhetorical query.

Dave Bibbs, Delta 

Letters to the editor ought to be despatched to sunletters@vancouversun.com.

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