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Letter to the editor: Climate awareness

To the editor:

It seems like summers are hotter, winters are colder, and spring and fall have been getting shorter with each passing year. There has been less rain to cool down the record-breaking heat, no snow to justify the frigid temperatures and even fewer conversations about how we can help stop climate change.

Even if Kansas has yet to see any major implications of climate change, that does not mean that we should sit idly by and watch the world heat up, one degree at a time. We need open conversations within schools and households about the dire consequences of climate change and, most importantly, we need to acknowledge our own shortcomings.

One way we can reduce our carbon footprint is to recycle more and minimize use of Styrofoam and plastics. Another way we can help our environment is to start using public transportation or walk and bike on a more regular basis as opposed to driving alone. One less car on the road can reduce carbon emissions hugely as one car emits six tons of carbon every year. In the recent local election, funding for the transit sale tax passed. This is a step in the right direction, allowing for the continuation of services in mass transportation and, thus, the continuation in our reduction of carbon emissions.

The most important method is to get the conversation started. I cannot stress this enough. Create opportunities to educate yourself and those you interact with. These conversations are helping to bring awareness to people and spur them into action.

Comments

Bob Smith

Just a few days ago, LJW posted a climate alarmist letter saying that it was too warm in November. Today we get a letter saying it's too cold. Everything can't be an indicator of the mythical human caused climate change.

6 months, 1 week ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

Here are the temperature data for the state as a whole and by region from 1895 to 2011 taken from the Kansas Geological Survey website. Note the upward trendlines for all regions and the state as a whole.

http://www2.ljworld.com/users/photos/...

6 months, 1 week ago

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Bob Summers

If humans can change the climate, how did they evolve on Earth?

I thought humans were a natural result of nature on Earth.

Earth let us evolve so we could change the climate?

6 months, 1 week ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

"If humans can change the climate, how did they evolve on Earth?"

How are these two ideas related?

6 months, 1 week ago

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Steve King

I don't know if it counts P Allen but Fred Flinstone did have a car so Bob may have a point. Not too many cars and factories in 1 Million BC though so I agree it's still a pretty weak hypothesis on his part.

6 months, 1 week ago

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Ken Lassman

Furthermore, I think the Jetsons are pretty compelling evidence that things are going to work out just fine. And the evidence that we've gotten off fossil fuels by then is equally compelling.

6 months, 1 week ago

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Josh Berg

Al Gore's soldiers at it again.

6 months, 1 week ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

More snarkiness. Can we stick to the issue and avoid the innuendo, please?

6 months, 1 week ago

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Josh Berg

Not a chance. Your welcome to not read my posts or leave if you cannot handle it

6 months, 1 week ago

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P Allen Macfarlane

I can handle it. It's a shame you have such a poor attitude.

6 months, 1 week ago

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Ken Lassman

Thanks, Kayleigh, for suggesting that sincere conversations about the matter is of utmost importance. I think that despite the ragtag group of tobacco company science alumni that Trump has tried to put into position, the real conversation that should move ahead is not whether there is such a thing as human activity-triggered climate change but how can we boost our economy while at the same time transitioning to a low carbon economy quickly enough to mitigate the worst effects of having increased amounts of greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and oceans.

The rest of the world is shrugging their shoulders and moving ahead in developing the critical infrastructure and we are abandoning our position as leaders in these fields. Trump and his oil/coal cronies seem bent on hanging on to a fossil fuel economy like a bunch of land line users refusing to switch over to cell phones and VOIP. It wouldn't be so bad if they removed all of the fossil fuel subsidies or enacted a carbon fee and dividend program, but using public resources to prop up a private sector is well worth talking about, too.

6 months, 1 week ago

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Bryan Bowen

Some good news here. Still have more work but at least we can see some progress for what's been done so far. At the very least it seems to me everyone, no matter what side of the issue they fall can at least be happy about this.

Why not stop the bickering and start looking at the environmental issues as a chance all of us, individually, can conduct a scientific experiment to see what happens to the environment. The details of the experiment can be worked out later. And since we're not in congress maybe gridlock can be avoided. It seems to me that those who deny climate change should want to do that so that when, in their thinking, the environment is still messed up they can shout victory from all of the wilted tree tops.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/s...

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