The Charlotte Observer

Changing climate

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How much more evidence does Congress need to address climate change seriously and enact far reaching national policy to start reducing global warming?

Just this week we see continuing record drought in the West, wildfires, a fourth heat wave bringing 100-plus temperatur­es to the upper Midwest, floods in the Northeast, monsoon rains and flash floods in the Southwest, devastatin­g floods in Western Europe killing hundreds — and it’s barely hurricane season.

This crisis is killing people and causing a economic hardship for individual­s, communitie­s, states and our country. Government­s should provide massive support for the research necessary to find solutions through innovative approaches to save us.

Waiting for the private sector to do this will not be fast enough.

Kent Rhodes, Charlotte

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