The most important issue in the current presidential election may now be starting to get the attention it deserves.
The Sept. 14 edition of The New York Times has an article beginning as follows: “When President Trump flies to California on Monday to assess the state’s raging forest fires, he will come face-to-face with the grim consequences of a reality he has stubbornly refused to accept: the devastating effects of a warming planet.”
The September 11-18 edition of the magazine, The Week, devotes a full page to an article entitled “Climate change has arrived.” It begins with- “For years, climate scientists have been wary of attributing extreme weather directly to man-made atmospheric warming, but that’s changing in the face of historic heat waves and cascading natural disasters.”
Following are descriptions of a complex of “unusually powerful” storms tearing across the Midwest, and a “punishing heatwave” in the Southwest. “The Atlantic coast has seen 10 named storms so far this season, a mark typically hit in October, and upcoming storms are projected to be twice as intense as usual, because of extremely warm ocean waters.”
The effects are worldwide, of course, and many other countries are working together to try to minimize the long-term effects, which will be mostly quite negative.
Our country needs to rejoin that effort and to help lead it by example.
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