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Letters – for Aug. 19, 2010

I happen to be one who believes climate change is not only real and affecting us now, but is caused by the way we live on this earth as humans.

But don’t take my word for it. That is exactly what the world’s best scientific minds have been telling us for years. But nobody seems to be listening; or, even worse, refusing to hear!

And what about the skyrocketing number of deadly storms, both around the world and here on our own doorstep?

After all, the experts have also been telling us for years that, yes, climate change will not only bring more of these storms but more serious ones, too. And it is!

Floods, droughts, blizzards, tornadoes, hurricanes, monsoons, mudslides, wildfires and heat waves are now everywhere. They are inflicting death, destruction, hunger and heartache on increasing numbers of people at new and disturbing levels.

But is this just happening in faraway, exotic places? Not really.

Often, we needn’t look any further than the next town or the next farm.

Just ask the folks who keep track of such things, such as the Worldwatch Institute; or, for that matter, the old-timer next door who is seeing conditions he or she has never seen in his or her lifetime, or the northern outfitter or First Nations’ residents who’ve been forced out by forest fires, or a farmer suffering from crippling crop or pasture losses thanks to unprecedented rainfall.

In other words, these patterns are, at the very least, consistent with the climate change theory, are they not?

Of course, it would be unscientific of me to single out climate change as the reason behind any given “severe weather event” which our planet might experience.

But on the other hand, just how scientific is it for the “climate deniers” to keep insisting that none of this is due to climate change?

And just how much longer can outfits like the Canadian Chamber of Commerce continue to obstruct meaningful action on climate change, clinging to the argument that fixing the problem will somehow inflict serious harm to the economy?

Larry Powell Roblin, Man.

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