Letters to the Editor

Naysayers need to wake up to facts

Albert Kausch ("Climate theory deceptive, untrue," Aug. 5 letter) needs to face up to reality. His thesis seems to be that because of the challenges of modeling the chemistry of atmospheric elements, somehow climate change is a fraud.

Why not just look at some facts? Measurements, not theoretical predictions, are the basis for recognizing the reality of climate change. Computer modeling predicts how much worse it can be.

The concentration of atmospheric CO2 has risen from 280 parts per million 200 years ago to 385ppm today, and is still rising.

Eight of the hottest years ever recorded on this planet have occurred within the past 10 years.

June 2010 was the 304th consecutive month with an average global temperature above the average for the 20th century.

The National Academies of Science in 12 of the world's leading nations, including the U.S., U.K., Sweden, etc. have endorsed the reality of climate change. Attempts by climate change deniers last year to create a "climate-gate" story were fully discredited this year by a special U.N. investigation panel. The panel confirmed that global warming is real, and that human activities (read: burning fossil fuels) are a significant factor in the changing climate.

If we as a global society do not face up to the climate crisis that looms ahead due to our use of fossil fuels, we will leave our children and grandchildren a legacy of ongoing events such as the recent, unprecedented temperatures in Moscow, the record temperatures in Northeastern U.S., devastating floods in Pakistan, and the immersion of island nations such as the Maldives as a precursor to water levels invading many of our own coastal communities.

The writer lives in Litchfield.