Climate change real

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 9:09 a.m. CDT

To the Editor:

In “Nothing to worry about today” (Jan. 6, PlanIt Style), the writer seems to suggest there is plenty of time to deal with climate change. We are told not to be fooled by the gloom-and-doom stories in the media.

Would that the media accepted its obligation to accurately inform the public on this issue. 2012 was the year that climate change made an undeniable mark on the planet with record-breaking heat waves, droughts, wildfires and extreme storms.

Arctic ice melted at an unprecedented rate, and additional scientific studies were released indicating that climate change is occurring at a rate faster than expected.

Unfortunately, the major media largely ignored the opportunity to connect climate change with these extreme weather phenomena. When the media did cover the topic, they all too often relied on the comments of politicians more than on scientific testimony, and news shows failed most of the time to inform the public that climate science organizations agree that climate change is happening and is being driven mainly by the consumption of fossil fuels.

The reality is that we don’t have 400 or even 50 years to respond intelligently to the effects of climate change. We are witnessing today these extreme weather events, and the experts tell us it will only get much worse. We may wish there was nothing to worry about today, but if we don’t act very quickly, it may be too late to act at all.

Rick Johnson

Wonder Lake

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