In The Seattle Times article “Natural disasters have quadrupled in number since 1970,” U.N. Secretary General António Guterres spoke about the “dramatic aggravation” of climate change in recent years, currently evidenced by major storms and floods, not only in Texas but around the world.
Indeed, we may be locally experiencing the impact of global warming, which has likely contributed to the wildfires currently ravaging our state and the Northwest. Another Seattle Times news article quoted Gov. Jay Inslee’s invitation to our climate change denier-in-chief to come visit Washington and see for himself the devastation that has resulted.
The NASA website cites several statistics that document climate change:
- Carbon dioxide levels are at their highest in 650,000 years.
- Sixteen of the 17 warmest years on record have occurred since 2001.
- Global average sea level has risen about 8 inches in the past 100 years.
- Satellite data show that Earth’s polar ice sheets are losing mass.
It’s time that we all face up to the reality of human-caused climate change, and consider what we can do to slow it down and ultimately stop it.
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