Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Consider How Climate Change Affects Our Region

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Consider How Climate Change Affects Our Region

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The May 15 article "Climate Report Predicts Dramatic Changes for Ohio River Basin" is an important piece for Pittsburghers to read and understand. Extreme environmental changes will come to our beloved city if our consumption of fossil fuels does not change. As toxic carbon-based compounds are continually released into the atmosphere, the weather will become more extreme than is already observed. As a budding scientist, I think one of the most important outcomes of temperature increase is a decline in wildlife diversity.

A decrease in biodiversity affects every living species. The loss of organisms such as the mussels in the Ohio River would cause a chain reaction to the ecosystem, which includes a disruption of the local food web and potentially a disturbance in global nutrient cycles.

Maintaining biodiversity is important for human health and the health of our planet. We have the ability to do something about this problem. Investing in and creating more jobs in energy sources such as wind and solar power have the potential to decrease human impact on the environment. If we don't continue to fight harder against climate change now, the flooding in the Ohio River Basin will only increase.

TESS LALOR

Fox Chapel

HE DEMANDS PRAISE

Letter writer Albert Bianchini ("Productive President," May 15) thinks President Donald Trump didn't go to the White House correspondents' dinner because he wanted to be with hardworking Americans instead. No, Mr. Bianchini, he didn't go to the dinner because he can't take a joke; he demands only praise from everyone.

As to his executive orders, Mr. Trump doesn't read them and certainly wouldn't understand them if he did. He signs whatever this Republican Congress puts in front of him. In his first 100 days, he signed 32 executive orders and played golf nearly as many times.

But do they really help hardworking Americans? One was to "stimulate manufacturing," but these jobs have disappeared because of automation, not trade agreements. …

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