THE report by scientists from around the world last week provided confirmation of what an increasing amount of Americans had already come to believe – that global warming is real and it is almost certainly largely caused by humans. This report wasn’t the work of one mad scientist communing with the grebes in the wild. This was a sober, evidence-backed assessment from an international network of hundreds of leading climate researchers and scientists that has been documenting climate change for years. Still, there are those who are suspicious of political motivations, and who raise objections to global warming’s threat. And to those people we ask, does it even matter if global warming is myth or reality? The counter-measures for halting global warming – using cleaner vehicles and driving less, reducing waste and consumption – are ones that would do us all a bit of good, regardless of what you believe about climate change. For instance, who could honestly argue that reducing dependence on oil from the war-torn Middle East and making smart purchasing choices that result in cleaner air are bad things? We could all breathe easier, and oil money would stop flowing into some of our enemies’ hands. Maybe some can’t buy the argument that widespread use of fossil fuels is causing polar ice to melt, thus drowning polar bears and causing seas to rise. But they must at least admit that without all that lovely revenue from oil production, terrorists would have a lot less money to spend buying bombs, training killers and blowing up civilians. Maybe some can’t swallow the idea that people could possibly trash this enormous planet. We urge them to talk to residents of Granada Hills who live in the shadow of Sunshine Canyon Landfill and know we are at least trashing some of it. If they don’t want to recycle for the planet, then do it for the people who live in neighborhoods that have fume-belching trash trucks rumbling through their streets every day. Is it even in dispute that telecommuting means better quality of family life? And if it helps the environment, what’s the loss? In the end, it doesn’t matter if you believe in global warming. We all would benefit personally and collectively by making smarter choices about using natural resources. That’s not just good for the environment, it’s good for us.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino hopes to lead Spurs back into the Champions League ahead of a move into their new stadium next season © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Apr 16 – Mauricio Pochettino said Tottenham’s performance against Manchester City gave him confidence for the future despite a heavy defeat that ended his side’s long unbeaten Premier League run.Spurs were beaten 3-1 at Wembley on Saturday before Manchester United lost to West Brom the following day, confirming City as Premier League champions for a third time. It was Tottenham’s first taste of defeat in the league since losing to Pep Guardiola’s side in December’s reverse fixture, a run of 14 league games, but Pochettino, whose side are in fourth spot, saw the positives.“After 14 games unbeaten, it was a massive, massive run for us,” he said. “We played Liverpool, United, Arsenal, Chelsea and 14 games unbeaten I think the players deserve full credit.“We are disappointed but not frustrated or sad because when we increased our level and showed our real quality we showed we can compete against Manchester City — the best team in England.“That is why I am not concerned about the future. Yes, it was 20 minutes where we were really poor but I am not worried because I think the team competed really well.”Spurs lead fifth-placed Chelsea by seven points and can stretch that to 10 with victory at Brighton on Tuesday.“Top four is our challenge and target,” said Pochettino. “It is to finish top four and provide the club next season with the Champions League in the new stadium, that is our target.”Pochettino has hinted that Toby Alderweireld could be brought out of the cold for the visit to the south coast.The Belgian defender has not been involved in any of the past three matchday squads. His future at the club looks increasingly bleak, having not played in the Premier League since October.Captain Hugo Lloris will also keep his place despite goal-costing errors in the past three games, including giving a penalty away against City.“For me Hugo Lloris is, from the day that we arrive here, improving every season,” said Pochettino. “For me today he is one of the best ‘keepers in the world and for me there’s no doubt.”Danny Rose is still missing with a calf injury while Harry Winks remains in Qatar as he recovers from an ankle injury.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)