Fail­ure to lead on climate

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

The July 6 editorial “A global warn­ing to the G-20” dis­cussed the cur­rent ef­fects of climate change while not­ing that they ap­pear greater than pre­dicted and that the rate of ac­cu­mu­la­tion of green­house gases was also ac­cel­er­at­ing faster than pre­dicted. Miss­ing was the “What now?” part.

The world must rec­og­nize global warm­ing’s im­pact and take ac­tion to deal with the sea-level rises and more se­vere weather and climate. This ac­tion must go be­yond turn­ing to elec­tric cars and re­new­able en­ergy. The ac­tions must pro­tect the pop­u­la­tion from sea-level in­creases and lo­cal flood­ing and rec­og­nize the chang­ing dis­tri­bu­tion of food pro­duc­tion.

The fail­ure of the main­stream me­dia and pol­i­cy­mak­ers to deal with the un­pleas­ant truth is a fail­ure to lead or to even iden­tify the path for­ward.

Wil­liam Hicks, Gaithers­burg

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