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More on our warming globe

Dear Editor:Dan Richardson is absolutely right to say that “there is unprecedented scientific consensus that the emission of human-caused carbon dioxide is the primary cause of global warming.” He then goes on to say that “the questions that still remain are exactly what impacts global warming will have on our environment and quality of life.” Although the impacts of global warming occur over a long period of time, I would argue that we are already beginning to see some of the consequences. Air pollution is increasing and with it the incidences of asthma and heart disease. There is flooding as sea levels rise. We are seeing drought and intense heat waves that are leading to wildfires and food shortages. Habitats and species will continue to be lost and infectious disease in humans is spreading.Global warming will not be curbed if we continue to rely on dirty energy sources. From solar panels to wind to geothermal energy, there is no lack of renewable and clean forms of energy. These options are continually being refined to be more efficient and affordable. The renewable energy industry also provides highly skilled job opportunities. Our government must invest in renewable energies if they are to compete with fossil fuels. We must demand that our government impose mandatory reductions in global warming pollution.Anne HavemannWashington, DC

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