We must take hu­man ac­tion to re­verse real cli­mate change

The Buffalo News - - OPINION - Evie Klein­berg Joshua Carnegie Mark R. Hardy

In a re­cent “An­other Voice” ar­ti­cle, Dr. Dou­glas More­land cast doubt on the pre­dic­tions of cli­mate sci­en­tists that the Earth is on a dan­ger­ous course of global warm­ing. Let’s re­view what we do know:

• NOAA and NASA just re­leased their year-end cli­mate re­ports, and 2018 was the fourth-hottest year on record glob­ally. The three years that were hot­ter were 2016, 2015, and 2017, in that or­der.

• Antarc­tica and the Arc­tic Ocean have lost a sig­nif­i­cant amount of ice cover.

• Ocean tem­per­a­tures are on the rise, and this is con­sis­tent with ob­ser­va­tions on coral bleach­ing and more in­tense cy­clonic storms such as hur­ri­canes, which are spawned over warm wa­ter.

The list goes on.

Are there weeks when the tem­per­a­ture is below av­er­age? Of course, be­cause as More­land cor­rectly points out, data points don’t al­ways sit on the model’s curve. But there is no un­cer­tainty about the trend in global tem­per­a­tures over the last 100 years.

A NOAA web page ex­plains that “To cal­cu­late a global av­er­age tem­per­a­ture, sci­en­tists be­gin with tem­per­a­ture mea­sure­ments taken at lo­ca­tions around the globe.

Be­cause their goal is to track changes in tem­per­a­ture, mea­sure­ments are con­verted from ab­so­lute tem­per­a­ture read­ings to tem­per­a­ture anom­alies – the dif­fer­ence be­tween the ob­served tem­per­a­ture and the long-term av­er­age tem­per­a­ture for each lo­ca­tion and date.

Each value is then used to cal­cu­late a global tem­per­a­ture av­er­age.

This process pro­vides a con­sis­tent, re­li­able method for mon­i­tor­ing changes in Earth’s sur­face tem­per­a­ture over time.” Fur­ther­more, 97 per­cent of cli­mate sci­en­tists agree that the warm­ing trend is ex­tremely likely to be due to hu­man ac­tiv­ity.

More­land says in his ar­ti­cle that he has been a neu­ro­sur­geon for 29 years. I imagine that dur­ing that time he has had to make di­ag­noses based on the best avail­able ev­i­dence and to rec­om­mend treat­ment that car­ried a cer­tain amount of risk. But lack of ac­tion would have car­ried its own bigger risk.

Now we are asked to do the same for our planet.

Wales Cen­ter

It is long past time to stop us­ing day­light sav­ing time

As many peo­ple al­ready know day­light sav­ing time causes an in­crease in in­juries, ac­ci­den­tal deaths, and sui­cides. In con­tin­u­ing day­light sav­ing time we are choos­ing the hour change over sav­ing peo­ple from in­juries and death. We are choos­ing to have mem­bers of our com­mu­nity, friends and fam­ily get into ac­ci­dents and/or die rather than not chang­ing the clocks an hour twice a year. To me it is ab­so­lutely ridicu­lous to make this de­ci­sion to keep day­light sav­ing, and we should end day­light sav­ing time right now!

Lock­port

Think first, be­fore re-elect­ing our na­tion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive

Does any­one re­mem­ber when our Congress was called “The Do Noth­ing Congress?” I do.

All (or most) of these politi­cians just couldn’t get out of their own way, and noth­ing was get­ting done.

This di­vi­sion in my opin­ion cre­ated a gen­er­al­ized ap­a­thy among vot­ers.

Then along comes a man who jumped all over this ideation, low hang­ing fruit.

He put his spin on this and ex­ac­er­bated all our worst fears and dis­gust with gov­ern­ment.

Mitch, Mitch, Mitch. He’s at it again. Abus­ing his power. What a per­fect storm Amer­ica is fac­ing now that At­tor­ney Gen­eral Wil­liam Barr has de­cided through his de­lib­er­ate ob­fus­ca­tion in his four-page con­clu­sion to the Mueller Re­port that the pres­i­dent is pretty much scot-free to con­tinue the coun­try’s descent into au­toc­racy. Four pages? We saw it com­ing.

Barr had al­ready stated in his writ­ings that a pres­i­dent can get away with vir­tu­ally any crime with no reper­cus­sions. And pre­dictably, Pres­i­dent Trump had to scream “No Col­lu­sion.” “I’m ex­on­er­ated.” Wrong!

Mitch McCon­nell set the tone even be­fore Trump by ab­so­lutely re­fus­ing to al­low a hear­ing for one of Pres­i­dent Obama’s Supreme Court nom­i­nees. But, of course, he had no prob­lem con­firm­ing the likes of Brett Ka­vanaugh and Neil Gor­such. Stack­ing dis­trict courts? Again, no prob­lem.

McCon­nell and his hench­men tried (and failed) to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act. For­tu­nately, there was Sen. John McCain to sti­fle his ef­forts.

Some­one had to be the hero. It’s cer­tainly not McCon­nell, who had noth­ing with which to re­place it any­way. McCon­nell al­lowed His High­ness to shut down the

U.S. gov­ern­ment with­out a care for how it af­fects av­er­age Amer­i­cans un­less there was fund­ing for Trump’s asi­nine wall.

The year 2020 is fast ap­proach­ing (not fast enough) and I hear McCon­nell’s poll num­bers in Ken­tucky are in the toi­let. Hope­fully, he will have been pried out of that seat he’s been glued to for too long.

Ton­awanda

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