Urging action

To the Journal editor:

In the Nov. 15 issue, The Mining Journal published an editorial (Pilot project is a good start to addressing issues) about a recent meeting of the Michigan Climate and Health Adaptation Program at Northern Michigan University.

This editorial highlighted some of the dire consequences we’ll face locally here in the Upper Peninsula associated with climate change, including more high wind events like we saw on Oct. 24 and a shorter cold season that would impact the local winter recreation economy.

The great majority of the most qualified scientists in my field of atmospheric/earth science believe human-caused greenhouse gas emissions are responsible for a dangerous climate change and that urgent action to reduce these emissions is necessary to avoid the worst impacts. In fact, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reports 2016 ended up as the warmest year since 1880, with the mean global annual temperature breaking the record that was set the year before in 2015. Since the 2015 mean temperature had broken the record that was set in 2014, last year was the third in a row of record global warmth.

In fact, 15 of the warmest years on record have occurred since 1998.