Global warm­ing widely be­lieved by science, re­li­gion, mil­i­tary

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In ref­er­ence to the Feb. 24 edi­tion of the Mary­land In­de­pen­dent, the let­ter “Su­per snow Jonas and the po­lar vor­tex fi­nally nailed it,” by Ch­ester Se­aborn, con­sider the fol­low­ing be­fore “squelch­ing.”

The NASA web­site states, “The ev­i­dence for rapid cli­mate change is com­pelling,” and cites the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion:

• At­mo­spheric car­bon diox­ide has in­creased ap­prox­i­mately 300 parts per mil­lion to 400 parts per mil­lion since 1950;

• The rate of sea level rise in the last decade is nearly dou­ble that of the last cen­tury;

• The earth has warmed since 1880, with all 10 of the warmest years oc­cur­ring in the past 12 years;

• The top 2,300 feet of oceans are warm­ing;

• The Green­land and Antarc­tic ice sheets are de­creas­ing in to­tal mass in amounts mea­sured in cu­bic miles;

• The Arc­tic sea ice, in both ex­tent and thick­ness, has been de­clin­ing rapidly over the last sev­eral decades;

• Gla­cial re­treat has oc­curred al­most ev­ery­where around the world;

• In the United States, record high tem- per­a­ture events have been in­creas­ing and record low tem­per­a­ture events have been de­creas­ing since 1950;

• Ocean acid­i­fi­ca­tion has in­creased by about 30 per­cent since the be­gin­ning of the In­dus­trial Rev­o­lu­tion as a re­sult of hu­mans emit­ting more car­bon diox­ide into the at­mos­phere;

• The amount of spring snow cover has de­creased over the past five decades and is melt­ing ear­lier.

From the South­ern Bap­tist En­vi­ron­ment and Cli­mate Ini­tia­tive: “Though the claims of science are nei­ther in­fal­li­ble nor unan­i­mous, they are sub­stan­tial and can­not be dis­missed out of hand on ei­ther sci­en­tific or the­o­log­i­cal grounds. There­fore, in the face of in­tense con­cern and guided by the bi­b­li­cal prin­ci­ple of cre­ation ste­ward­ship, we re­solve to en­gage this is­sue with­out any fur­ther lin­ger­ing over the ba­sic re­al­ity of the prob­lem and our re­spon­si­bil­ity to ad­dress it.”

Pope Fran­cis: “Cli­mate change is a prob­lem which can no longer be left to a fu­ture gen­er­a­tion.” Cli­mate change “rep­re­sents one of the prin­ci­pal chal­lenges fac­ing hu­man­ity in our day.”

Ap­proved by the 218th General Assem­bly of the Pres­by­te­rian Church (U.S.A.): “The Pres­by­te­rian Church (U.S.A.) sup­ports com­pre­hen­sive, manda­tory, and ag­gres­sive emis­sions re­duc­tions that aim to limit the in­crease in Earth’s tem­per­a­ture to 2 de­grees Cel­sius or less from pre-in­dus­trial lev­els.”

Res­o­lu­tion on global warm­ing by the United Methodist Church: “Now there­fore, be it re­solved, as a global church com­mu­nity, we call on our mem­bers to re­duce hu­man-re­lated out­puts of green­house gases.”

The NOAA web­site pro­vides the fol­low­ing in­for­ma­tion: “2015 was the warmest year on record. Global sur­face tem­per­a­ture was record warm in 2015, mov­ing ahead of the record set just last year by 0.290 F — the largest mar­gin by which one year has ever beaten an­other since of­fi­cial records be­gan in 1880.”

An ar­ti­cle in the New York Times re­ports that a re­cent sur­vey con­ducted by three prom­i­nent Repub­li­can poll­sters states that a ma­jor­ity of Repub­li­cans, in­clud­ing 54 per­cent self-de­scribed con­ser­va­tive Repub­li­cans, be­lieve the world’s

Art Crofoot cli­mate is chang­ing and that mankind plays some role in that change.

A 2014 ar­ti­cle in Newsweek re­gard­ing a Pen­tagon re­port states, “U.S. Mil­i­tary con­sid­ers cli­mate change a ‘threat mul­ti­plier’ that could ex­ac­er­bate ter­ror­ism.”

A 2014 ar­ti­cle in Forbes Mag­a­zine states, “At a time when Pres­i­dents Ron­ald Rea­gan and Bush 41, and even Bri­tish Prime Min­is­ter Mar­garet Thatcher, called for bind­ing in­ter­na­tional pro­to­cols to con­trol green­house gas emis­sions, the U.S. Mil­i­tary was se­ri­ously study­ing global warm­ing in or­der to de­ter­mine what ac­tions they could take to pre­pare for the change in threats that our mil­i­tary will face in the fu­ture.

“The Cen­ter for Naval Anal­y­sis has had its Mil­i­tary Ad­vi­sory Board ex­am­in­ing the na­tional se­cu­rity im­pli­ca­tions of cli­mate change for many years. Lead by Army General Paul Kern, the Mil­i­tary Ad­vi­sory Board is a group of 16 re­tired flag-level of­fi­cers from all branches of the Ser­vice.

“This is not a group nor­mally con­sid­ered to be lib­eral ac­tivists and fear mon­gers.”

Lee Stam­ford, St. Leonard

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