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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - September 26, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta 28 LETHBRIDGE Wednesday, September 26, 1973 University of Lethbridge professor asserts: Change of lifestyle needed to preserve The complex problems ot pollution and the energy balance have been tin long ignored says a University ot Lethbridge them.stn prolessoi iecentl> icturned trom a year s sabbatical teseaich in New Zealand Di Lot on Heplei would piobably term himself a hard-nosed idthei than a pessimist but when he speaks of the eneigv crisis he nas some rather discouraging things to say He a good deal ot the blame tor potential famines and eneigv shoitages on mans tendency to be conspicuous con- sumeis and goveinment's reluctance to implement what might be unpopular measuies today to ensure adequate resources for tomoi row Although the media and the public have perhaps gotten a lit tie about the gasoline shortage, he says, "both have toi too long ignored the serious problems posed when a limited resource is being consumed without thought for the future It s not just gas it s most of our resources which have been abused adds the chemist Dr Hepler deplores the waste ol an essential commodity such as gasoline bv over-consumption in huge and powerful cars executive-model cars burning, a gallon of gas every seven miles are nothing short of irresponsiuble, to his way of thinking Aside horn all the pleasure-oriented uses, we require gas or oil to heat our homes he says 'And when that is gone we will have to use coal Think of the pollution we'll be faced with then, when everv single-family dwelling is belching forth great quan- tities ot smoke'" However, instead of proclaiming 'doom and gloom' over what could be a very bleak future, Dr Hepler believes man can change and learn from our errors, providing there is a sincere wish to do so Governments and the individual citizens they consist of must be willing to initiate and support limiting and possibly un- popular legislation to curtail excessive use of resources Citizens must also be willing to change their lifestyles in some vei ways the scientist believes Some examples limiting population growth, eliminating the 'two-car' family attitude, and generally adjusting to living a less-pampered and have- evervthing today life, to ensure the next generation's tomorrow And scientists role'' That is the area in which Dr Hepler holds the most definite views of all PURE AND BASIC We must, he says of his colleagues and himself, "continue to conduct research of a pure and basic nature, in an attempt to find formulas and theories today which will have practical and essential use to mankind in the future Scientists he says, must not opt for the easy project or the ob- vious problems which will bring quick recognition and a certain degree ot lucrative reward He does not discount the value of specialized industrial research to give the world a better mousetrap or mixmaster But he believes academic scientists have a duty to follow a more lonely (and sometimes discouraging path) that of pure research which has applications to practical problems mainly resources on a long-tange basis That a scientist may become discouraged by following such a path he readily admits "The world as a whole is not sym- pathetic to long-range work or planning" Di Hepler explains the long-range purpose ot his work as a simple problem of ecological economics Once we're short of high-grade ores, we will have to use the low-grade ones he says "But this means we will have to go through more refining resulting in greater cost, greater use oi fuel and inevitably, more pollution to use the lower-grade materials We therefore have an increasing need for higher and higher efficiency in the refining process, which is a matter of proper application of the results of pure research in he adds 'The same principles apply to re-cycling of personal and industrial wastes In short careless, compulsive and conspicuous consumers are going to have to re-educate themselves to become cautious and conservation-conscious citizens Or face the consequences DISASTER WARNING Satellites, radar, computers combine to outwit the elements By DAVID F. SALISBURY Christian Science Monitor Ten U S government agen- cies are joining in a new five- year plan to reduce the loss of life and billions of dollars a year in property damage caus- ed bv hurricanes floods forest fires earthquakes, ana other natural disasters In a report entitled "A Federal Plan For Natural Disaster Warning and Preparedness the agencies detail steps that they soon will be taking to impiove the U S disaster warning and preparedness network already one of the best in the world Satellites up-to-date radar, and computers are the key im provements With these and other flew tools the agencies hope to give more accurate and time- Iv warnings of disaster, including tornadoes, tidal waves, droughts, volcanic eruptions and others Early next year the National Oceanic and At- mospheric Administration (NOAA) hopes to have a prototype of its disaster warn- ing satellites in orbit If the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) works properly, it will become part of the first space monitoring svstem us- ing satellites that hover over one part of the earth The satellites will keep track of severe storms as they develop, spy on tidal waves before they hit and provide warnings of rapidly develop- ing floods They will also have com- munications channels that in- stantaneously link various weather centers around the country so that each will have access to the entire weather picture Radar is the mainstay of the present warning network, but according to the NOAA s Dr Clay Jense, co-ordmator of the new plan this system has two problems The network of local radars covers only about two-thirds of the U S and most of these local radars are of World War II vintage so that spare parts must be handmade when they fail The new plan calls for replacing them with newer radar sets and filling in all the major gaps Minicomputers will be in- stalled in weather service of- fices across the country Especially during a dis- aster explains Dr Jense, forecasters get so tied up sending out warnings that they can t always teep track of the storm So this new automation system will free them from a lot of busy work Included will be a special warning device The forecaster's computer will alert him when the storm begins acting in a way he didn't predict so he will be sure to Keep his forecasts as up-to-date as possible In order to get better war- nings tor flooding particular- ly after hurricanes, the plan proposes a system that links up computer radar sets The computer will transform the radar echoes into numbers that correspond to the amount of ram falling in different areas Am embryonic earthquake monitoring system engineered by the U S Geological Survey will be expanded Experts feel it can provide valuable infor rnation about earthquake risks that will be helpful m design- ing buildings and roads even if no one can yet ac- curately predict when a quake will occur But no matter how elaborate a system is constructed if local com- munities do not make use of it, the warning system will not be effective So an important part of the five-year plan includes an intensified effort to educate the public as to what they should do during emergencies Officials are requesting an extra million in 1974 to begin If it cuts down property damage by just 10 per cent, that would mean a national savings of million a year, they estimate Safe view of hurricane on Navy radar screen British Grits tempt fate by predicting victory By KEVIN DOYLE LONDON (CP) The pros- pect of a small, struggling Liberal party suddenly crashing through the barriers of this country s two-party political system has ignited a storm of heated speculation in Britain Liberal leaders have aban doned earlier predictions of simply increasing their parlia- mentary strength at the next general election Now they say the> can form the next government Opinion polls show them neck and-neck with the gov erning Conservatives in the i ace for popular support Both have the allegiance of roughlv W per cent of the electorate the polls indicate while the opposition Labor partv holds about 40 per cent elections two taxis instead of one may be needed to carry the parliamentary party but Mr Thorpe s most extreme hope in the next Parliament cannot be beyond two coachloads, even to achieve 50 seats will be an astonishing triumph CAREERS ACCOUNTANT REQUIRED! The L N I D has a responsible position currently available for a person qualified to become an accountant For General and Cost Accounting We offer a cnallenge and an opportunity to develop Good working atmosphere Agricultural or Irrigation background an asset Please reply to..... Lethbridge Northern Irrigation District 334 13th St. North Lethbridge RESEARCHERS Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research (T.A.R.R.) of the Indian Association of Alberta JOB REQUIREMENTS and motivation to do oral and archival research in the area of Treaty and Aboriginal Rights of Alberta Indians communication eg the ability to speak an Albeita Indian language would be a definite asset and individual initiative will be required Alberta drivers license SALARY RANGE -S675 S833 APPLICATION DEADLINE -October 10 1973 APPLY IN WRITING TO. Richard Pnrp Director Treatv and Aboriginal Rights Research Room 103 11710 Kmgsway Avenue EDMONTON Alberta T5J PHONE 453 3661 ASSISTANT MANAGER TRAINEE CAR WASH- SERVICE STATION QUALIFICATIONS Age 25-35 Grade 12 minimum Sales or Management Experience Applicant with appro- priate automotive back- ground is preferred But all applications welcome Attractive benefit plan. Advancement within the industry. Salary depend- ing on experience. Direct enquiries to: BOX 87 Lethbridge Herald Get out your favourite apple recipes! Polish up the fruit bowl! New-crop B.C. Mclntosh Apples are back. Orchard-fresh B C. Macs crackling crisp as a Fall day! Let the whole family enjoy the wide-awake flavour of B.C. Macs some way every day as instant desserts. in lunchboxes as between meal snacks... and after school treats. Great for Macs-imum flavour in all your home-made apple desserts, too. For special harvest time savings buy your new-crop B C. Macs in the family-size Handi-Pak box. Take a Mac to Munch ;