Solutions to climate change menace political

In the words of the National Association for the Advancement of Science, in its just issued report, “What We Know: the Reality, Risks and Response to Climate Change”:

“Climate scientists agree: climate change is happening, here and now.”

“The evidence is overwhelming: levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere are rising. Temperatures are going up. Springs are arriving earlier. Ice sheets are melting. Sea level is rising. The patterns of rainfall and drought are changing. Heat waves are getting worse, as is extreme precipitation. The oceans are acidifying.”

None of this is good. All of it will worsen if we do not act to prevent it.

Moreover, in the words of the report, “we are at risk of pushing our climate system toward abrupt, unpredictable and potentially irreversible changes with highly damaging impacts” with “massively disruptive consequences to societies and ecosystems.”

In a word, catastrophe.

The solutions to this menace are political. They require not just a switch from Republican to Democrat, the most direct approach, but a whole new way to think about the world we live in.

This is an election year. Make the most of it.

Byron W. Baker