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Reader Opinion: Climate disruption

NASA and NOAA just released the first half of 2016 climate analysis and it, quote, "blew the excessive heat year of 2015 out of the water." Record average monthly warming records were shattered January through June. Record low Arctic Sea ice occu...

NASA and NOAA just released the first half of 2016 climate analysis and it, quote, "blew the excessive heat year of 2015 out of the water." Record average monthly warming records were shattered January through June. Record low Arctic Sea ice occurred in five of the six months. Perhaps the most frightening is the South Pole, where very little polluting happens, has now also reached over 400 PPM of atmospheric CO2.

I remember 10 years ago when Time Magazine said "Be very scared," Al Gore toured every country to warn them of climate changing pollution, and CO2 was 380 PPM. Now excessive heat and huge storms are beginning to disrupt our daily lives too. Many answered the call by switching to clean energy and reducing beef and petroleum use. The solar on my roof has kept 24,000 pounds of CO2 out of the air while harnessing the sun's free electricity for my family and the excess for the grid. Unfortunately, not enough people have worked to save Earth.

A new analysis by Yale University and George Mason University shows this trend is changing. The number of eligible American voters alarmed by climate change increased this year from 12 percent in 2015 to 17 percent. Also the number of deniers dropped from 11 percent to 10 percent. The analysts expect these trends to continue. Eating and breathing healthier while polluting less have always been good ideas. Our goal must be: to be first in our families and other networks to change our lives and join one of the many groups working hard on stopping climate disruption.

Neal Lesmeister

Baxter

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