We Should Never Allow Science to be Defeated by Fake News

Why the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is an affront to science, our planet, and our future generations.

As Donald Trump pulls the plug on the United States’ involvement in the Climate Change Agreement, ISWA President Antonis Mavropoulos makes it very clear that this is an affront to science, our planet and to our future generations.

The International Solid Waste Association stands with all the industrial and political leaders who have since spoken out against this dangerous action.

The recent announcement that the US is leaving the Paris Accord is a decision that will create huge profits for the fossil fuels industry and huge costs for the whole planet, especially for the poorest and more vulnerable countries and populations.

It demonstrates how vulnerable and politically fragile is a landmark agreement that took many years to be developed. It highlights that the available tools and mechanisms for a global response to planetary challenges are not yet strong enough. It also reminds us that the road towards the implementation of the Paris Accord will be a continuous fight against long-term established interests that still try to dominate our future.

The immediate reactions from 61 US Mayors and 3 US States, in combination with the global outrage against Donald Trump’s decision, confirm that the world will find a way to respond to this historical pushback that puts the whole planet at risk. I do hope that this decision will create a new wave of coordinated efforts to implement and simulate climate adaptation and mitigation measures.

This decision is also a clear sign of the divorce between US climate policy and science. In today’s complex, multipolar and interconnected world, science and scientific analysis remain the key elements for proper policy making. ISWA, as a scientific organisation, will always advocate, and contribute to, more and not less science in public policies and decision making.

The message for all of us is clear. ISWA will work harder to ensure that the Paris Accord, as a minimum measure to avoid the planet’s catastrophe, will stay on track. We will work more intensively to close the world’s biggest dumpsites and ensure that this will result in substantial reduction of CO2 emissions.

We will continue to demonstrate that integrated sustainable waste management is a key-contribution to climate change mitigation efforts, and a cornerstone of the Sustainable Development Goals. ISWA will insist to transform the waste sector, worldwide, to a net CO2 saver, as the evolution of the waste sector in Europe has already highlighted.

We should never allow science to be defeated by fake news. We cannot afford a revenge of Middle Ages against Renaissance.

MTA Takes Heat for Surge in Subway Delays; Cuomo & DeBlasio Remain Mum

Thanks to Jewish Voice NY

According to the New York Times, there has been a surge in subway delays and problems and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has been increasing its efforts to fix the problem.

In recent years, subway delays have increased with now more than 70,000 delays every month—up from 28,000 per month in 2012, reports the Times.

Overcrowding, which keeps the trains stuck in their stations, and ancient infrastructure that is failing, are the two chief guilty components for being the main source of the delays, says the Times.

Just in March, overcrowding was to blame for nearly 30,000 subway delays, which is about 38 percent of all delays; also the failing infrastructure, specifically the signal system which dates back to the 1930s, could take half a century and $20 billion to upgrade, reports the Times.

According to the Times, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo controls the subway, as opposed to Mayor Bill de Blasio, who many people believe is responsible for the failing system. Although the ‘state-run’ MTA oversees the city’s subways, buses and commuter railroads, Mr. Cuomo and Mr. de Blasio have stayed fairly quiet about the worsened service, reports the Times.

“Governor Cuomo shows up to open the Second Avenue subway, but he’s missing in action for the day-to-day disaster that transit riders are experiencing,” said John Raskin, the executive director of Riders Alliance, an advocacy group.

The Times reports that the MTA recently announced a six-point plan to put into place instant repairs on the Eight Avenue lines, which if proven to be successful will be implemented into the rest of the system. Some aspects of the plan include increasing the number of rapid response teams to fix track problems and assigning EMTs at five stations to respond to passengers in need of medical assistance, says the Times.

In terms of a long-term plan, the MTA is working on increasing the capacity of subway cars by buying new subway cars which are designed to fit 10 percent more passengers, and they are also hoping to extend the Second Avenue Subway line to 125th Street in Harlem, reports the Times.
The MTA has also raised the fares of a subway pass every two years, in order to keep up with the rising costs of the failing system, says the Times. Many advocacy groups and even elected officials have called on Mayor de Blasio to seek out a program for reduced fares for low-income New Yorkers, reports the Times.

“The M.T.A. keeps fares as low as possible while providing safe, reliable service,” said Beth DeFalco, a spokeswoman for the MTA, who cited how the agency subsidizes fares for students and people 65 and older, says the Times.

So why does only Penney Vanderbilt talk about the subway control system?


Funny that Penney knows the real answer that Cuomo and DeBlasio do not!!!