Climate reaching point of no return -- Daryl K. Sherman

January 26, 2019

It has been apparent for a long time that climate change, caused by us, is real. Its consequences are catastrophic, and the time to act is now.

Despite this, too often nothing has been done. Now we learn from a United Nations report that we have 11 years to reduce our carbon emissions to prevent a point of no return, beyond which the situation will worsen despite our best actions. With stakes of this magnitude, we must act, even if we disbelieve the predictions.

We buy fire insurance, though we don’t believe we’ll have a fire. In a flood plain we buy flood insurance, even if there hasn’t been a flood in years. Common prudence says you prepare for the worst, even if you believe it is unlikely.

But we have reams of evidence climate is changing our world.

I personally have observed the Marshall Islands covered by a high tide, and melting glaciers and icecaps. Coastal cities are more and more frequently flooded. Catastrophic storms, fires, flood, drought -- we ignore them and imperil the only world we have.

Daryl K. Sherman, Madison

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