Vail Daily letter: Climate change concerns |

Vail Daily letter: Climate change concerns

Climate change is an increasing problem in the United States and across the world. Instead of watching this phenomenon grow, the US needs to take action and start to educate the citizens before it continues to make a larger impact in this world. Loss of sea ice, accelerated sea level rise and longer, more intense heat waves are all realities of climate change that we are now facing.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change believes that the net damage costs of climate change will be harsh and will increase over the upcoming years. The increase of climate change will cause damage to property and infrastructure as well as a massive loss in productivity. If we do not look at climate change as a severe and rapidly growing problem, the United States and other countries will look at facing economic struggles in the future.

In the last century the global sea level has risen by about 17 centimeters. The 10 warmest years since 1880 have all occurred in the past 12 years. Antarctica has lost about 36 cubic miles of ice per year since 2002, and Greenland with almost 60 cubic miles per year. Sea ice is an important component when it comes to our global climate system; ignoring climate change, sea ice will continue to decrease and problems within our climate system will arise.

A common argument is that the sea ice extent is larger than it has ever been. Sea ice extent is at the highest recorded number, but this is only because of that fact that it is breaking off of land with the rise of temperatures. In reality, climate change is a aggressive problem that the United States should be concerned about.

The solution to climate change in our world is a complex task, but if the United States educates our citizens and uses our resources, we could start solving catastrophic climate change around the world.

Inge Vandenberg


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