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March 31, 2014 at 7:39 AM

Oso mudslide: Echos around the world to come from climate change

When the mountain crashed down on Oso, horror and disbelief gave way to an all-out rescue effort [“In Oso mudslide, signs that warnings may have been missed,” Opinion, March 31]. There is a global message from this local tragedy: Despite warnings and documentation of the danger, homes were built and lives lived in…

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December 4, 2013 at 7:32 AM

Act now to lower emissions and protect our world

Federal carbon tax is the solution

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Climate activists shout slogans during a march to campaign against global warming in downtown Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. The demonstration coincides with a two-week United Nations conference that is to prepare groundwork for a new climate deal expected in 2015.
(AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

Everyday the media is reporting global warming symptoms (caused by CO2 pollution from burning fossil fuels) more and more frequently: drought, fires, floods, ocean acidification, insect pests moving north destroying forests and bringing tropical diseases [“Arctic Ocean leaking methane at alarming rate, researchers say,” Online, Nov. 30].

Perhaps we are complacent in the Northwest. We don’t see the symptoms as so dangerous to us, as if they are manageable. And the cause, the gases, are invisible to us.

But now comes this news from the Arctic. Methane is being released at twice the predicted rate as the permafrost and ice is melting. Methane is the most dangerous of all the greenhouse gases. It’s 30 to 70 times as damaging as CO2. This will profoundly escalate all the problems for our ecosystems.

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September 18, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Sea Change

Commendation The Seattle Times is to be commended for its series on sea change. [“Sea Change,” page one, Sept. 15-17.] Far too few citizens and world leaders are aware of the disastrous effects of climate change and ocean acidification on our planet. Only by recognizing what is happening and taking necessary, corrective actions can we reverse these…

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August 14, 2013 at 7:32 PM

The melting glaciers in Montana and beyond

Climate change is cyclical By neglecting to mention that the Earth has been warming and glaciers receding since the end of the last major ice age more than 10,000 years ago, Jonathan Martin implies that man is solely responsible for climate change. [“Glacier National Park, melting before our eyes,” Opinion, Aug. 12.] That’s like accusing someone…

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August 13, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Glaciers melting before our eyes

Science goes both ways Jonathan Martin’s lament for the retreating glaciers in Glacier National Park is understandable; If the glaciers continue retreating, the park’s name will no longer be meaningful, and all of us who enjoy the sight of glaciers will miss out. [“Column: Glacier National Park, melting before our eyes,” Opinion, Aug. 12.] But if…

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May 10, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Plan would strive to make Seattle carbon neutral by 2050

Seattle should be carbon neutral by 2020 I applaud city leaders for promoting a carbon-neutral plan for Seattle by 2050 [“Seattle plan would make city carbon neutral by 2050,” NWMonday, May 6]. Nevertheless, 2050 is far too distant a target. Most of the council will be dead by then, so it’s really an empty promise to…

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