Letter: We need climate action before it's too late

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I have been drawn to my TV this week, watching in horror as one natural disaster gave way to another. I have experienced many a hurricane, because I grew up in Houston, but none like Harvey. And Florida has encountered the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic. Consequently, I donate to relief agencies and call friends and family to see if they are OK, but I feel we all must do more.

Yes, and science confirms this, climate change is involved. Extreme weather results in extreme costs to us all, with the southern states often suffering the most. Warmer sea surface temperatures make hurricanes more powerful and do more damage. As the world becomes warmer more water evaporates from oceans into the air, creating heavier precipitation and more flooding. Sea-level rise caused by climate change increases storm surge from hurricanes.

I’m taking more steps toward a less-frightening future. I am trying to limit my own carbon footprint, so as not to put even more greenhouse gas into the air. I am also active in environmental organizations. I would be grateful if ya’ll (Texas talk) join in too, since we are all on this fragile planet together. It would be great if the United States takes a leadership role in addressing this problem. We are all ultimately responsible for our actions, and they will come back to haunt us, and future generations even more. So, let’s act now. It’s never too late to prevent things from becoming even worse.

Lois Howlett
Yarmouth

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  • Moishe the Beadle

    “Taking more steps toward a less-frightening future”? Will you be going into the military, the FBI or the CIA to fight ISIS, al-Qaeda, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Hezbollah, Hamas or the Muslim Brotherhood front groups such as CAIR?

  • danmaine

    No one argues that climate change doesn’t exist, it is always changing. We have little understanding of all of the variables and no real data indicating how much and how significant man’s actions influence that change. We do know that the rate of sea level change has been between 7 and 11 inches per 100 years for thousands of years. We know that it has been both warmer and colder in both recorded and ancient historical measures. We know that the draconian measures proposed by Governments do little to change the rate of change according to their failed models. We also know that there has been a concerted effort to lie about and edit many data points, always in support of their hypothesis. The 97% consensus is at best a joke and at worst criminal, read the actual 2 question survey… Right now the data shows that we can expect global cooling, many more people suffer when it is cold than when it is hot.

    • Just Sayin’

      97% of climate scientists have come to the conclusion that human-driven climate change is real. Danmaine seems to be claiming that the only proof of this fact is derived from a 2 question survey, and he couldn’t be more wrong about that. It’s been found again and again that the overwhelming majority of climate scientists are in agreement about this, in multiple surveys of scientists and climate science literature published in peer review journals. Proof of this can be found here:

      https://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-scientific-consensus-intermediate.htm

      Furthermore, the 3% of published scientific articles that refute human-driven climate change were recently reviewed, and found to be flawed. They either relied on flawed methodology, incorrect assumptions, or math errors.

      https://qz.com/1069298/the-3-of-scientific-papers-that-deny-climate-change-are-all-flawed/

      The science on human-driven climate change is clear, it is solid, it is accepted by the overwhelming majority of climate scientists. There is no room for debate on this topic. There are only those who accept the truth, and those who hide from it.

  • Chew H Bird

    The reality is between ice ages and periods of heat our climate is perpetually changing. The bottom line is we can not control the weather and whatever things we do to minimize our footprint are a drop in the bucket. As George Carlin once said, (and I paraphrase): “The Earth will be just fine no matter what we do. We are the ones with a problem.”

    When I was in school in the 1970s our best scientists were predicting and ice age. Now it is global warming that is predicted. I am actually more concerned about our total population and distribution of water, food, and resources for fuel and other materials necessary for our civilization to continue without becoming stone age people…

    • Ted Markow

      ‘As George Carlin once said, (and I paraphrase): “The Earth will be just fine no matter what we do. We are the ones with a problem.”‘

      The actual quote is: “The planet is fine. The people are [f@¢#&d].” G. Carlin

      Carlin is a great quote, but let’s be clear what we’re talking about now: The Earth will be fine, but we won’t, and neither will untold number of other species.

      It is ultimate hubris to state that we don’t need to do anything about global warming. We may, or may not, be able to avert most of the devastating effects of global warming/climate change (which was renamed for those whose gaze goes no farther than their back yards), but wise people don’t keep digging a hole when they find their noses at ground level. Kinda like not stomping on our car’s gas and brake pedals at the same time – something will burn out pretty quickly.

      Yes, population, water, food, etc. are all part of the mix, but we need to put it all into context. Famine and water shortages are greatly exacerbated by global warming. This is a both/and problem. We need to wise up…fast!

      “The IQ and the life expectancy of the average American recently passed each other in opposite directions.” G. Carlin

      • Chew H Bird

        I am not saying that we should not do anything about global warming. What I intend to say is our choices concerning what to do about it need to actually have some measurable impact rather than be “feel good” inconveniences to everyday life. Heck, Brunswick is now requiring paper bags that (cradle to grave) constitute a downgrade in environmental impact because our town failed to secure a recycling firm capable of recycling the plastic bags. There are now more pet hairs and grime on supermarket conveyors than prior to this requirement.

        • Ted Markow

          “There are now more pet hairs and grime on supermarket conveyors than prior to this requirement.”

          A fitting epitaph for humanity.

          I think Brunswick’s new BYOB requirement is a great step. In many other countries either you bring your own bag to the market or you carry out your goodies in your hands. Why are we so entitled that we think plastic (and largely unrecyclable) bags are necessary?

  • Mainer1

    You go ahead Lois, change your carbon footprint if it makes you feel better.

  • spcitizen

    Nothing but a bunch of eco-terrorists forcing their agenda on us normal people.
    spcitizen has spoken

  • MisterMainer

    “The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Hurricane Research Division counts ten Category 4 and 5 monster hurricanes in the U.S. between 1920 and 1969 – but only three between 1970 and 2016, when our planet was warming more rapidly. If warming causes more severe hurricanes, the number of big storms should have been greater in the latter period and fewer in the earlier part of the 20th century.

    Now that’s an inconvenient truth!