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Letter to the editor: Important climate details

Posted 4/19/19
I’d like to respond to the Letter to the Editor from the March 28th issue regarding climate change. As a community member who has a master’s degree in atmospheric science and spent nearly …

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Letter to the editor: Important climate details

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I’d like to respond to the Letter to the Editor from the March 28th issue regarding climate change. As a community member who has a master’s degree in atmospheric science and spent nearly a decade studying weather and climate, I feel an obligation to inform the readers of some important details that were missing from the previous letter. While it is true that climate change has a natural, albeit slow-moving, variable, the writer failed to mention anthropogenic (human-caused) influences, such as the increase in greenhouse gases following the industrial revolution. The American Meteorological Society’s report on climate change concludes, “It is clear from extensive scientific evidence that the dominant cause of the rapid change in climate of the past half century is human-induced increases in the amount of atmospheric greenhouse gases, including carbon dioxide, CFCs, methane, and nitrous oxides.”
However, my question to the readers is this – when a dentist informs a patient of a cavity, why do we believe them? Because they went to dental school and have years of training. Why do we trust teachers to teach our children? Because they received an education specifically for this task. So why is it when 97% of actively published climate scientists agree that climate-warming trends over the past century are “extremely likely due to human activity,” people don’t believe them? I beg the readers to trust the experts trained in this field and to realize that “all the hullabaloo about climate change” is warranted.
Ashley Mefferd
Arvada

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