Global warming widely believed by science, religion, military
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