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  • Jerry Plantz: We can't ignore climate change

  • What I find disturbing in this race to the White House is the lack of dialogue about climate change or global warming. It was barely mentioned in the debates and is never a topic on the campaign trail, yet scientists from the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree we should be concerned. Even the Ford Motor Company agrees.

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  • What I find disturbing in this race to the White House is the lack of dialogue about climate change or global warming. It was barely mentioned in the debates and is never a topic on the campaign trail, yet scientists from the World Meteorological Organization and the United Nations Environment Programme and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree we should be concerned. Even the Ford Motor Company agrees.
    Let me cite the findings of a self-serving corporation – the New Mexico Solar Energy Association – that warns us, including Rush Limbaugh, not to take scientific findings lightly.
    They tell us that global warming is the increase of Earth’s average surface temperature due to effect of greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels or from deforestation, which trap heat that would otherwise escape from Earth.
    Their data reveals definite global warming in that recent years have consistently been the warmest in hundreds and possibly thousands of years. The last 28 years have been the warmest than any in the last century resulting in:
    1. Rising seas – inundation of fresh water marshlands (the Everglades), low-lying cities, and islands with seawater.
    2. Changes in rainfall patterns – droughts and fires in some areas, flooding in other areas.
    3. Increased likelihood of extreme events, such as flooding, hurricanes, etc.
    4. Melting of the ice caps, loss of habitat near the poles. Polar bears are now thought to be greatly endangered by the shortening of their feeding season due to dwindling ice packs.
    5. Significant melting of glaciers is already observed.
    6. Widespread vanishing of animal populations, following widespread habitat loss.
    7. Migration of diseases such as malaria to new, now warmer, regions.
    8. Bleaching of coral reefs due to warming seas and acidification due to carbonic acid formation. One-third of coral reefs now appear to have been severely damaged by warming seas.
    9. Loss of plankton due to warming seas. The 900-mile-long Aleutian island ecosystems of orcas, sea lions, sea otters, sea urchins, kelp beds and fish populations, appears to have collapsed due to loss of plankton.
    So, please approach global warming with an open mind and do some research. We owe at least that much to the planet for future generations.
    I give your President John Adams’ toast: Independence forever.
    Jerry Plantz lives in Lee’s Summit. His website is at www.Jerryplantz.com. Reach him at jerryplantz@msn.com.
     

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