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November 13, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Humans at fault for typhoon in the Philippines

A man sits in front of his destroyed business amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

A man sits in front of his destroyed business amid scenes of devastation in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan on November 13, 2013 in Tacloban, Leyte, Philippines. (Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images)

It is necessary to cut carbon pollution

If I read once more that it’s impossible to attribute single weather events to climate change following a natural disaster of unprecedented scale, I may scream (or cry) [“Experts: Humans also to blame for tragedy,” News, Nov. 12].

This article actually did better than most in discussing the role of climate change in this terrible tragedy.

I understand the nature of the scientific process and the cautious language it employs. But we, as moral actors and decision-makers, must stop pacifying ourselves with such a focus. It undermines the moral urgency of taking bold action against climate disruption while we still can.

We’re already way behind, thanks to special interests’ influence and documented campaigns by the fossil-fuel industry to “manufacture uncertainty” about climate science. We’ve been warned for decades that rising temperatures would yield rising sea levels, more ferocious storms, higher storm surges, increased flooding, drought and more. That’s exactly what we’re seeing. It’s time to stop pretending we’re not sure why and demand decisive action from our leaders to cut carbon pollution now.

Kathy Washienko, Seattle

Comments | More in Environment | Topics: climate change, environment


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