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12 The Julian News • March 25, 2015 Questions & Answers About Our Environment Dear Earth Talk: What are the prospects for reaching an international agreement to rein in carbon emissions significantly at the upcoming Paris climate talks at the end of the 2015? -- Jason Cervantes, Los Angeles, CA All eyes will be on Paris this coming December when climate delegates from around the world gather there for the 21st annual session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Achieving their objective a legally binding and universal agreement limiting carbon emissions to keep globa warming below two degrees Celsius has been elusive to date, but environmentalists remain optimistic that 21 could be their lucky number. "1 have every expectation that negotiators will agree on an international climate pact in Paris," says Jennifer Morgan, Climate Program Global Director for the World Resources Institute, a sustainability-oriented non-profit think tank. "This first truly global climate agreement but wonders "if it will actually significantly cut emissions." He explains ,that some countries, led by the U.S., are trying to transform the climate agreement from a legally binding document that mandates emissions reductions to a looser "pledge and review" approach, whereby countries voluntarily offer up their own emissions reductions and financial commitments. "That makes it easier to get a deal, but it's unclear whether the commitments will really add up," says Henn. "So far, it isn't promising." He adds that few countries have put forward the types of bold commitments necessary, while others, like Canada with its tar sands extraction, are flaunting the international consensus and aggressively expanding fossil fuel development. Given these politica realities, Henn thinks any deal struck at Paris is unlikely to "save the climate" but could nevertheless send a powerful signal to politicians, investors and the public that the age of fossil fuels is coming to an end. "That would be a useful development, something that could lead to major shifts in investment flows and decision making at the national level," he reports. Henn believes that while the fossil fuel industry may still be "calling the shots" here in the U.S., the climate movement is making inroads. He cites the fossil fuel divestment campaign and mobilizations like the September 2014 People's Climate March, where upwards of 400,000 people took to the streets of New York City calling for emissions reductions, as indicators that change may finally be afoot. "The fight for a fossil free future will continue whether or not Paris is a success," concludes Henn. will embody a new form of international cooperation that Pruning roses can put the world on a path to a low-carbon economy." Make pruning cuts just above an Morgan remains optimistic outside bud, so the new growth will not only because clean tech investments are surging worldwide while manufacturing costs for renewables ike solar plummet, but also because the world's largest emitters, the U.S., China and India, are already making unprecedented climate . commitments. "All of this sends positive momentum heading into the climate talks in Paris," she adds. Meanwhile. Jamie Henn, strategy and communiCations director for the non-profit 350. org, agrees that the prospects for some kind of deal look good, Too high THORN// develop outward. This opens up the plant for better air circulation and sunlight exposure. Too close Correct CANL ~( [ ~branc~j) ~ [ © 2015 by King Features Syndicate. Inc. World rights reserved Lic: #995342 • • • • •. • • • • • • • • • • • Grading • Seal Coating • Sign Installation • Paving • Striping • Thermoplastic • Culverts & Drains •Wheel Stop & Road Markers www.j ulianasphait.com (619)201-2361 mrsimser@gmail.com "The talks are just another stop along the way to a 100 percent renewable future." CONTACTS: World Resources "Institute, www.wri.org; 350.org, www. 350. org. Earth Talk® is produced by Doug Moss & Roddy Scheer and is a registered trademark of Earth Action Network Inc. View past columns at: www.earthtalk.org. Or e-mail us your question: earthtalk@ emagazine, com. Ask Pastor Rick In The News North Carolina Sheriff Tells Sex Offenders They Can't Go To Church A sheriff in one of North Carolina's smallest counties told registered sex offenders they can't go to church, citing a state law meant to keep them from day-care centers and schools. Graham County Sheriff Danny Millsaps told sex offenders about his decision in mid February, according to a letter the Asheville (N .C.) Citizen-Times. About 9,000 people live in Graham County in western North Carolina "This is an effort to protect the citizens and children of the community of Graham (County)," he wrote. "1 cannot let one sex offender go to church and not let all registered sex offenders go to church." Source: Citizen-Times. summarized by Pastor Rick Ask Pastor Rick What is the Sabbath- Saturday or Sunday? The Sabbath day is the seventh day. In the Genesis account, God "worked" six dale and rested the seventh, The seventh ,day is our Saturday [The Jewish Shabbat begins sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Since they follow a lunar calendar, the Hebrew day begins at sundown the day prior). Over time, Christ followers began to worship on the first day of the week [our Sunday], in celebration of Christ's Resurrection. There are some although few,Christian denominations that worship on Saturday in honor of the Sabbath. Rick Hill is the Senior Pastor at Hillside Church on 3rd and C Streets in Julian, CA. Direct all questions and correspondence to: PastorRick@ julianchurch.org or Hillside Church, Religion In The News, Box 973, Julian, CA, 92036. (Opinions in this column do not necessarily express the views of Julian News, its editor, or employees.) Life is a.foreign language All men mispronounce it Christopher Morley Taking Steps to Reduce (NAPSA)-If we can take walking " meetings as an alternative to sitting in a stuffy conference room, what if we could take a walk with our doctor- getting the benefits of 30 minutes of exercise which research has shown can help maintain body weight, lower the risk of obesity, enhance mental well-being and reduce the risk of certain diseases, all while learning about our condition? This is the idea behind Walk with a Doc, a free participation year-round walking program held in communities across the United States. The organization is dedicated to encouraging physical activity with the goal of reversing the consequences of a sedentary lifestyle and improving health and well-being. Physical activity is even more important for people with high levels of fat in their blood, such as very high triglycerides (VHTGs) (> 500 mg/dL), a problem faced by up to four million Americans. VHTGscan be caused by poor diet and inactivity but they can also be inherited. If triglyceride levels are too high, improvements to diet and exercise, as well as proper treatment, can be important to getting levels under control With that in mind, biopharmaceutical company Amarin launched the Lower My Trigs campaign, a nationa initiativeaimed at raising continued on page 14 mercial ial ince 1 ,emen 24 Hour Emergency Service ~iu &rn~ :, COUNCIL *~