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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

January 18, 2014 at 11:50 AM

The difference between ozone and climate change crises

Ann McFeatters incorrectly attributes blame for the real and devastating effects of climate change to “depleting the Earth’s delicate ozone layer,” a separate global crisis [“Listen up, America; climate change is real,” Opinion, Jan. 11]. Climate change is caused by the build-up of carbon pollution in our atmosphere from fossil fuels.

The hole in the ozone layer, in contrast to climate change, is actually an example of how serious global problems can be addressed when science is respected, rather than distorted, and politicians do their job of safeguarding the public.

I believe that a larger issue is also revealed here. What does it say when, given that scientists have been warning us for years about the dire repercussions of climate change and our continued carbon pollution, a reader such as myself must write to a major U.S. newspaper clarifying the difference between climate change and the hole in the ozone layer?

Kathleen Washienko, Seattle

Comments | More in Climate change | Topics: Ann McFeatters, climate change, Ozone

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