OPINION: Tom comes into the kitchen the place Marg is on the desk sorting the submit.

Tom: “Did my Austin Healey arrive in the present day?”

Marg: “A automobile? You’ve purchased a automobile?”

Tom: “No, it’s a miniature duplicate. It ought to have arrived by now. I ordered it greater than a month in the past”.

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Marg: “Oh, you imply a toy automobile. No, nothing got here…”

Tom: “IT’S NOT A TOY! IT IS A COLLECTABLE!”

Marg: “Oh, sorry. So, the place is it coming from?”

Tom: “It ought to be coming from the States. They stated it might be right here in two to 3 weeks. I’ve received the show cupboard all prepared.”

Marg: “Properly, you already know transport is all tousled in the meanwhile on account of Covid.”

Tom: “Bloody pandemic. First it’s lockdowns and now transport delays and costs going up. It’s all an enormous mess!”

Marg: “Properly, don’t rely on it getting higher any time quickly.”

It’s hard to put your finger on when Tom Powell’s collectable (not toy) car will arrive. (File photo)

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It’s arduous to place your finger on when Tom Powell’s collectable (not toy) automobile will arrive. (File photograph)

Tom: “Why is that? Issues ought to return to regular as soon as the world will get vaccinated and borders open up once more.”

Marg: “Issues will most likely worsen within the years forward. I’ve simply been studying in regards to the probably impacts of local weather change on transport. Stormier seas will make transport extra hazardous. Sea stage rise will improve harm to ports throughout storms. Floods will harm factories and roads.”

Tom: “However we’ve at all times had storms. How dangerous can it get?”

Marg: “In line with the consultants, fairly dangerous. Add to that droughts and warmth waves inflicting crop failures.

Google Assistant: “The warmth wave within the western US final summer time all however destroyed the berry crop in Oregon and Washington.”

Tom: “THANK YOU FOR BUTTING IN, GOOGLE! However Marg, that’s simply meals. Different issues will nonetheless be produced.”

Marg: “Sure, however it will likely be arduous to deal with these different issues when folks don’t have sufficient meals to eat. Who’s going to load the ships?”

Tom: “OK, so there will likely be extra disruptions on account of storms and crop failures. I can see the place they might have an impact.”

Marg: “Add to that the rising tensions between the US, Australia and China. We might simply get caught up in a commerce battle. The Overseas Minister has already warned us about this. Have you ever seen how a lot of our stuff comes from China? Your toy automobile was most likely made in China and shipped…”

Tom: “MARG, IT IS NOT A TOY! I’VE TOLD YOU – IT IS A COLLECTABLE AND THEY ARE QUITE VALUABLE!”

Marg: “OK, sorry, settle down. It’s a collectable and I’m certain it’s fairly priceless.”

Tom: “OK, so we’ve received storms, crop failures and commerce wars. What else might go incorrect?”

Marg: “Properly, then there’s the query of simply what sort of power goes to energy cargo ships. Ships in the present day run on oil however the world is attempting to remove fossil gasoline. What are the cargo ships of tomorrow going to run on? Wind? Batteries? Batteries would possibly work for brief journeys however not for crossing the oceans.”

Tom: “What about hydrogen or biofuels? There’s a number of analysis happening. Everybody at work says they’re the fuels of the longer term.”

Marg: “I wouldn’t get your hopes up. We had been all imagined to have flying vehicles by now, when you learn the previous science magazines.”

Google Assistant chimes in: “Inexperienced hydrogen, made by splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen utilizing electrical energy is inefficient and nonetheless comparatively costly. You get solely a couple of quarter of power used to make and transport inexperienced hydrogen again while you use it.”

Marg: “And Tom, biofuels are additionally a fear. How a lot of South East Asia can we wish to flip into palm oil plantations to make bio-diesel? How a lot of New Zealand farm land can we wish to convert from meals manufacturing to gasoline manufacturing? Meals is definitely extra necessary than gasoline!”

Tom: “OK. So, you might be saying my budding miniature automobile assortment is doomed. Thanks, darling. You’ve ruined my day.”

Marg: “Oh, I’m sorry sweetheart! Possibly we are able to discover somebody right here who makes miniature automobile ‘collectables’. You understand, with all these issues with worldwide transport on the horizon, we have to begin making issues right here in New Zealand once more. And we ought to be supporting our companies by shopping for native.”

“Let’s test the web.”

“HEY GOOGLE, ARE THERE ANY NEW ZEALAND COMPANIES MAKING TOY CARS?”

Tom: “MARG! IT IS NOT A TOY!

Tom Powell is from Local weather Karanga Marlborough. You probably have any questions on local weather change and world warming, be happy to go to and ask at Local weather Karanga Marlborough’s web site (www.climatekaranga.org.nz) or Fb web page. They’d be completely satisfied to reply them.