Reader’s view: Extreme weather events raise climate concerns

Duluth News TribuneA tornado raced by my home, missing my house by feet, before plowing into the town of Wakefield, Mich. It tore the hockey arena roof off and dumped it into the lake. (“Tornado in Gogebic County,” July 12).

The storm dumped 10 inches of rain on the shores of Lake Superior: Saxon Harbor was destroyed. From Ashland to Little Girls Point, bridges, culverts, homes, boats, vehicles, seawalls and, tragically, people were washed away.

Last summer the University of Wisconsin offered classes on the Great Lakes’ changing weather by scientist Steve Ackerman and meteorologist Margaret Mooney. Their warning: Expect more extreme rain events caused by the burning of fossil fuels.

Explorer Will Steger’s Minneapolis-based Climate Generation nonprofit put on a summer institute this June for science educators. Steger will be among the last explorers to walk to the North Pole and could be the last to cross the Rhode Island-sized Larsen B ice shelf of the Antarctic. The Arctic sea ice no longer reliably freezes. Internationally respected scientists Benjamin Santer and Robert Jacobel warned us the world’s ice sheets continue to shrink under the trapped heat of greenhouse gases.

Is it possible the warnings of over 97 percent of the world’s climate scientists are worthy of consideration? Perhaps those quiet, high-IQ types who went to college with a passion to discover truth aren’t lying.

Was our recent storm directly attributable to climate change? Scientists won’t say until they are better than 90 percent certain. They tell us our warm winters and extreme heat events are driven by climate change. The drought that triggered the war in Syria is now attributed to global warming.

I’m neither Republican nor Democrat. My bumper sticker says, “Climate Voter.” We at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby and Climate Generation are getting on with the job of repairing Mother Earth’s climate. We have solutions.

Greyson Morrow

Wakefield, Mich.

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