The cli­mate change con­nec­tion

The Washington Post - - FREE FOR ALL - Jes­sica LaMay, Washington

The Sept. 30 Metro ar­ti­cle “A re­lief from rain, but not its ef­fects” was a thor­ough re­port of flood­ing ex­pected in the re­gion. How­ever, the ar­ti­cle failed to address a link be­tween said flood­ing and cli­mate change. Un­der cli­mate-change sce­nar­ios, record­break­ing rain­fall and high wa­ters will be­come all too com­mon. When we dis­cuss in­creas­ingly ex­treme weather events, cli­mate change is of­ten left out of the con­ver­sa­tion. We mustn’t have an aver­sion to the sub­ject of cli­mate change. Let’s hope that mit­i­ga­tion mea­sures are taken at the city level and that day-to-day weather sce­nar­ios do not sur­pass our thresh­old to with­stand them.

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