Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Climate Change Is Happening ; IN RESPONSE

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

Climate Change Is Happening ; IN RESPONSE

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I am glad Mike Maguire (Thursday, Viewpoint page) is worried about the health effects of air pollution. I am too. Though none of our local media outlets reported it, our area received poor grades in the American Lung Association's State of the Air 2013 report, released in April. Vanderburgh County got a D for ozone and an F for annual average particulate pollution. By the latter measure, Evansville was just shy of making the list of 25 Most Polluted Cities at 26.

I am very concerned about air pollution. But I am equally concerned about how my daughter will live on a planet ravaged by climate change.

In the years since Maguire wrote his last letter, we've had the hottest month on record (July 2012) and scientists around the world have confirmed (and reconfirmed) that climate change is happening and is caused by human activity. Warming has not "stalled out" since the 80s and 90s, as Maguire writes. The 10 hottest years on record have occurred in the past 15. …

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