Letter: Heat Levels a Sign of Worse to Come

What can you do? Write, or otherwise contact, your congressman, conserve fossil fuels, give up beef, vote for Tedra Cobb for Congress and stand up for the climate by joining a demonstration on Sept. 8.


It’s summer 2018, and the Northern Hemisphere is burning. Is this a surprise? Well, not to me. It’s just another indication of global warming, and we can expect more to come in the future.

How hot is it? In our own area, we have been under “heat advisories” several times, and for several consecutive days at a time, this summer. Wildfires due to heat and drought are burning out of control in Greece, California and within the Arctic Circle in Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia, sending more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere and burning forests which act as a “carbon sink,” sequestering CO2 from the atmosphere. This only increases the rate of global warming. Dozens of people have died in Canada as a result of heat-related illness. The morgues in Montreal have been overwhelmed, and the roof of Glasgow’s Science Center has melted.

Taking the whole planet into consideration, the Northern Hemisphere is warming faster than the Southern Hemisphere. Our northern coniferous forests, which play a large part in earth’s climate, are burning at a rate not seen in the last 10,000 years.

What can you do? Write, or otherwise contact, your congressman, conserve fossil fuels, give up beef, vote for Tedra Cobb for Congress and stand up for the climate by joining a demonstration on Sept. 8.

Jahnn Gibson, Johnstown

A letter to the Editor originally published in the Post Star, dated August 10, 2018.

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