|Earth from Space|
In a recent letter circulated to Members of Congress, 18 scientists from various universities and research centers called for lawmakers to take a "fresh look" at climate change. The letter notes that "every one of the leading national scientific academies worldwide - have concluded that human activity is changing the climate. This is not a 'belief.' Instead, it is an objective evaluation of the scientific evidence."
The letter, circulated Jan. 28, highlights that the effects of climate change are already having serious implications. "Our coastal areas are now facing increasing dangers from rising sea levels and storm surges; the southwest and southeast are increasingly vulnerable to drought; other regions will need to prepare for massive flooding from the extreme storms of the sort being experienced with increasing frequency...Our military recognizes that the consequences of climate change have direct security implications for the country that will only become more acute with time, and it has begun the sort of planning required across the board."
The letter also references the U.S. Climate Impacts Report, commissioned by the George W. Bush administration, which states: "Climate change poses unique challenges to human health...There are direct health impacts from heat waves and severe storms, ailments caused or exacerbated by air pollution and airborne allergens, and many climate-sensitive infectious diseases."
The scientists write that specific legislative action should be left to elected leaders but that "as scientists, we have an obligation to evaluate, report, and explain the science behind climate change."
To view the entire letter, click here: