Carbon Dioxide concentrations in the Earth’s Atmosphere over the past 400,000 years.
The Lincoln City City Council Monday night endorsed the Audubon Society’s call for everyone on planet Earth to do all they can to combat Climate Change. Rapidly rising sea levels would definitely affect Lincoln City, especially south of town where the Siletz River flows into the ocean. Rising sea levels would likely inundate the Siletz Highway and Highway 101.
Here’s the resolution from the Audubon Society as adopted by the City Council:
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF LINCOLN CITY RECOGNIZING CLIMATE CHANGE AWARENESS
WHEREAS, climate change, created by atmospheric warming caused by greenhouse gases, has reached a critical level; and
WHEREAS, science has shown that climate change is a result of human activity; and
WHEREAS, climate change on the Oregon coast will result in higher wave heights, more powerful winter storms, shoreline erosion, rising sea level and tidal height, hypoxic nearshore ocean waters, seasonal temperature changes, more acidic ocean waters, and changes in forest cover; and
WHEREAS, the impact of addressing the effects of climate change on the Oregon coast may be measured in lost lives, economic losses, an increased cost of living; and
WHEREAS, climate change has a profound effect on the residents and visitors of the City of Lincoln City and the Oregon coast; and
WHEREAS, it is incumbent upon everyone to seek innovative solutions to reduce the impact of climate change on the atmosphere, oceans, forests, fisheries, and energy and water sources; and
WHEREAS, it is important for the City of Lincoln City to be a leader on the Oregon coast in seeking solutions to this crisis.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the City Council of the City of Lincoln City, Oregon, that we hereby urge the residents and visitors of the City of Lincoln City, Oregon, to do their part in reducing climate change impacts by seeking innovative solutions to this global problem.
We further urge residents and visitors to promote by example, energy efficiency, a healthy environment, and a sustainable economy to address the serious impacts facing our Earth.
The City Council also wants to tackle a problem that most cities have and that’s speeders. A traffic study was conducted recently that showed that roughly 15% of motorists driving Highway 101 and other busy stretches of pavement with the city limits are violating the speed limit – some more than others.
City Manager Ron Chandler offered a number of tactics to slow down that 15% but said he preferred solar powered speed reading signs which he claims are very effective at slowing traffic. They can also be moved around town to slow down drivers on other stretches of 101 and major arterials.
No final decision was made but it seemed apparent that the solar signs may well be the preferred option.