Cli­mate change needs to be front-page news

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Bon­nie and Elden Sch­nei­der, Bal­ti­more

One of the most im­por­tant, if not the most im­por­tant, re­cent re­port in The Sun was “Earth posts 16th straight month of un­sur­passed heat” (Sept. 20).

Yet it was placed near the back of the news sec­tion on page 17. This re­port should have been front-page news.

Not only did it re­veal that this Au­gust was .09 de­grees warmer than last year’s record­break­ing tem­per­a­tures but that this has been 16th con­sec­u­tive month of record­break­ing heat.

Yet the Repub­li­can Party plat­form re­jects the Paris cli­mate agree­ment to curb global warm­ing, and GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee Don­ald Trump ad­vo­cates withdrawing from that agree­ment.

This clearly tells the rest of the world that the U.S. is not in­ter­ested in global warm­ing and the hu­man ac­tions that have had an im­pact on cli­mate change. This is dan­ger­ous for our coun­try and for the rest of the world.

We are in the midst of a very con­tentious elec­tion year for both the pres­i­dency and Congress. The two par­ties and their pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates have very dif­fer­ent points of view on the en­vi­ron­ment, and who­ever is elected will have a se­ri­ous im­pact on our cli­mate for years to come. The Sun should have put such an in­for­ma­tive ar­ti­cle on its front page as im­por­tant po­lit­i­cal news.

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