Eastern Courier : July 15th 2011
5 EASTERN COURIER, JULY 15, 2011 NEWS IS WHERE YOU RETIRE AS IMPORTANT TO YOU AS THE COMPANY YOU KEEP? You're invited to inspect 7 Saint Vincent and our available apartments at 7 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera. Discuss your expectations and personal requirements with our highly professional village staff. VISIT OUR OPEN DAYS SATURDAY 16TH & WEDNESDAY 20TH JULY, 10am~ 4pm DAILY. 7 St Vincent Avenue, Remuera. Call 09 520-3123. Visit www.7saintvincent.co.nz +1-7SV-JULY-ALL IN BRIEF Tram rides This Sunday Motat visitors can enjoy a ride on a double decker tram. The latest addition to the museum's tramway fleet Double Decker Tram No 47 is one of only two operating double decker trams in New Zealand. A return tram ride is free with Motat entry, or tram fares are $2 return for adults, $1 return for children and a family pass is $5. Children under five are free. Go to www.motat.co.nz for information. Panda ranger Find out if you have what it takes to become a red panda ranger these school holidays. Auckland Zoo is looking for keen kids to take up the challenge from July 16 to 31. In the wild part of a ranger's job is to find red pandas and make sure the forest they live in is well looked after. Participants will be issued with a trail map to help them in their task of recording red panda numbers and finding a series of secret letters to unscramble a mystery code word. Only then can they be inducted as a red panda ranger. Normal zoo admission prices apply. Visit www.aucklandzoo.co.nz or phone 360-3805. Expert talks on global warming Flooded future: Climate change expert Dr Jim Salinger says sea levels could rise from 0.5 to 1.5 metres over the next 60 years. Photo: GRAHAME COX By PIP BOURKE This is the critical decade -- whatever we do in the next 10 years is going to affect the next generation and the one after. These were the words of cli- mate change expert Jim Salinger at this month's meeting of Forest and Bird at All Saints Church in Howick. The former NIWA scientist and Pakuranga resident says without greenhouse gases Auckland's average tempera- ture would be minus 17 degrees. While most commuters would rather not battle with snow ploughs on their way to work, Dr Salinger says global warming is a serious issue. The activist says the earth will warm up by 2 degrees over the next 60 years, caus- ing glaciers to melt and sea levels to rise from 0.5 to 1.5 metres. Dr Salinger says green- house gases, particles in the atmosphere and variations of the sun have already caused irreparable damage. Although if industries change the way they do things we could stop further warming, he says. To change over to new technologies it's going to take another 20 to 40 years -- it doesn't happen instantly,'' he says. But carbon dioxide emissions will peak and decline and in about 30 years will stabilise in the atmos- phere. Then finally in another 30 years warming will stop.'' Dr Salinger says global warming is not complex sci- ence. Adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere is like you in your bed at night popping on another blanket. By doing so you'll lose less heat.'' Global warming occurs when heat from the sun enters the atmosphere. The earth then acts like a mirror reflecting one third of the heat back. Two thirds is absorbed into the ground. But this heat doesn't stay on earth forever, eventually it gets reflected back into space. Some of this heat makes it into space, the rest of it ends up getting absorbed when it hits obstructions in the atmosphere, such as green- house gases. Dr Salinger says the gases currently keep the planet 33 degrees warmer, and temp- eratures keep rising. The impacts of warming include massive reductions of ice, early emergence of insects, retreat of New Zea- land glaciers and the spread of agriculture further south. Subtropical grasses are already spreading into Mana- watu and Hawke's Bay.'' He says sea level rises are one of the biggest concerns. We don't have a planet B to experiment on,'' he says. In the words of Mahatma Ghandi: Whatever we do will be insignificant but it will be significant when we do it.' We are all in this together.'' Dr Salinger will host talks on climate change over the next few months. Working alongside Professor Caroline Saunders from Lincoln Uni- versity and business journal- ist Rod Oram the trio will next speak at Auckland Uni- versity on September 2. The seminar will be held from 4.30pm to 6.30pm in the Owen Glenn Building, 12 Grafton Rd.
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