JBNA: Climate Change

JBNA: Climate Change

Submitted by the James Bay Neighbourhood Association

Geologist Thomas Gallagher made a presentation titled The Evolving Science of Climate Change to the James Bay Neighbourhood Association (JBNA) on March 13, 2019. Mr. Gallagher, who has recently completed four years on the Board of Oceans Network Canada, described his presentation as controversial. He presented an historic look at changes in earth’s temperature based upon time, C02 and climate change, and raised as many questions as he answered.

Several points were made during the lecture, including but not limited to:

C02 is not the only factor in climate change. One gas cannot control the climate of the earth. Increased population is only one of many other factors influencing climate. Average temperatures are in question given wide variations locally/globally. Solar cycles driven by ice core (refer Milancovitch Cycles) warrants study.

Water vapour in the form of cloud is a significant greenhouse gas affecting climate. Clouds are closely tied to global temperature regulation. More study is required on the effect of layers in the upper atmosphere. Ozone deflects solar radiation before it penetrates the atmosphere. A polar vortex releases the earth’s heat and traps cold air. Canada experienced a polar vortex this winter. Studies of the polar ice cores demonstrate C02 lagging over time. While the earth radiates heat, the atmosphere conserves heat. Hurricanes and typhoons steal heat from the atmosphere, releasing it as energy.

Gallagher is not a climate denier. He believes that C02 levels are not the only factor affecting climate change. While much of the current focus of scientific study is on C02 levels, other factors such as cloud cover, evaporation, recent population increases, magnetic fields, solar flares, and increased heat loss from the south and north poles should not be ignored.

While C02 build up may be responsible for ocean warming it may not be the only cause for changes anticipated in the earth’s oceans. Movement of the poles, something previously considered stationary, require study. Greater cloud mass could decrease temperatures, but we also have to recognize the importance of Milankovitch's study, and the predictive possibilities associated with rotation. The elliptical rotation of the earth (as opposed to a circular cycle) has a bearing on localized heat absorption. Gallagher believes that analysis of factors affecting climate change requires bigger thinking.

Councillor Laurel Collins:

At a recent GVHA Board meeting, Councillor Collins raised the idea of a community member from James Bay on the GVHA Board. She was advised that member representatives on the Board will continue to make the decision of representation. As the four independent Board positions become vacant, the positions will be posted for interested parties from the community. The Victoria and Esquimalt Harbour Association is currently looking for a member to join the Board.

Councillor Collins also informed us that the City has allocated $800K to preserve and enhance Victoria's urban forest, which includes conservation of flowering trees where possible. Flowering cherry and plum trees are NOT coming down in spite of media reports.

Upcoming and ongoing events:

CRD Wastewater Project:

Monitor progress of the pipe installation: https://www.crd.bc.ca/project/wastewater-treatment-project/current-construction-activities/dallas-road-construction

Dallas sidewalk widening near Ogden:

JBNA has been contacted by City staff regarding the possibility of widening the west sidewalk by 2 feet on Dallas Road between Anglers and Dock Street past the Pilotage building. The City hopes to use the CRD’s obligation to reconstruct the area trenched for the wastewater pipe-lay along Dallas Road to cover much of the cost.

James Bay Community School:

There will be small electronics and small appliance recycling, by donation, at the Niagara Street basketball court location of the JB Community School on Saturday April 13 from 10:00 to 2:00. Time to recycle that fax machine.

James Bay Community Market:

The market starts May 4 and runs every Saturday from 9:00 to 3:00 into September, located at the corner of Menzies St and Superior St. For additional information go to www.jamesbaymarket.com

Compostables 101:

The Hard-To-Break-Down Facts

How do “compostable forks and cups” break down, and just how compostable are they? Surfrider is hosting a public forum with speakers and a Q&A panel to follow. Studio Robazzo, 2001 Douglas St, April 2nd, 6:30-8:30pm.

Event link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/compostables-101-the-hard-to-break-down-facts-tickets-58216499116

VicPD Block Watch:

Using your home as a rental or vacation property? Are you looking for information about renting short-term properties or looking for roommates? You can protect yourself by taking a few key steps when renting space. Do not rent your space to someone without meeting that person or, for those who use short-term rental services like AirBnB, only rent to approved, confirmed persons.

For those renting to roommates - do not rent your space without receiving a damage deposit. Ensure your valuables are secured when renting your space to persons you do not know.

Next Month

James Bay Neighbourhood Association Annual General Meeting 2019 Wednesday April 10, 2019 at 234 Menzies Street. Registration for the AGM starts at 6:30. The meeting begins at 6:45. There are two Board positions to fill for a two year term: Vice-President and Secretary. Nominations will be accepted from the floor. The JBNA General Meeting will start at 7:15 pm.

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