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Engineers for Social Responsibility on Energy and Transport
This revised paper, which focuses on energy and transport, is intended to
assist in identifying some of the actions which ESR considers New Zealanders,
communities, cities, businesses and New Zealand as a nation should be
implementing as a matter of high priority. Some actions refer specifically to
Auckland, but that does not mean that they may not have relevance to other
Engineers for Social Responsibility Statement on Climate Change
The Earth’s average surface temperature has increased by more than 0.80C over the past 100 years, with much of this increase taking place over the last 35 years. It is stated that human activity had much to do with this and that if we continue as we are much greater temperature increases can be expected in the future. Is this correct and, if so, should we be concerned about it? More ...
ESR Position Paper on Transport Policy: 14 October 2012 DRAFT
An Excessive Emphasis on Road Construction
National transport policy assumes that
vehicular traffic growth is a given and that demand for vehicular travel will
continue to increase for the foreseeable future. The available information does
not support that position and indeed suggests that past growth may not be a
good indicator of future change. More ...
White Roofs by Ian Montanjees
use of ‘white roofs’ is a simple low-cost way of reducing a building’s cooling
costs, improving the comfort of its users, and mitigating global warming. ESR supports the principle of using of ‘white
roofs’ where appropriate. More…
Nuclear Waste – Is it still a Problem? By Prof Jack Woodward
With concern over
global warming on the increase, Nuclear Power is again being promoted in some
quarters as a low carbon emission alternative to the continuing use of fossil
fuels. In this paper a number of popular
misconceptions on nuclear waste are exposed and commented on. Detailed comment is given on the radioactive
processes and the physical problems.
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