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Reader Opinion: Learn about climate change

There is a good article in the Sept. 11 USA Today about changes in climate in Yellowstone. The article mentions these changes in the past 50 years: fewer days with snow on the ground, 80 more days above freezing, and higher average temperatures e...

There is a good article in the Sept. 11 USA Today about changes in climate in Yellowstone. The article mentions these changes in the past 50 years: fewer days with snow on the ground, 80 more days above freezing, and higher average temperatures especially at night. These changes could cause summer droughts and increased damage from wildfires (which we are already seeing in Canada and California).

Maybe your mother or your grandmother really did walk to school in waist-high snow!

So, haven't changes in weather and climate always been a feature of life on Earth? Haven't we had extreme climate events before, such as five ice ages? The difference is how quickly these changes are happening, says Ann Rodman, director of geographic information systems operation for Yellowstone Park. "Big temperature shifts used to take 5,000 to 10,000 years. Now, they're happening in decades."

That means that climate information is changing fast, and humans must react more quickly than we ever have in the past. Come to hear Paul Douglas, meteorologist, speak about "Climate Change in the Brainerd Lakes Area" at 10 a.m., on Sept. 22 at Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Baxter, and "A Christian's Perspective on Climate Change," at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 6, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Pat Scott

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