The lead article in today’s New York Times, “Scientists Warn of Rising Oceans from Polar Melt,” provides more sobering evidence of the effect of human activities on the earth and should provide an impetus for conservative politicians in the United States to understand that this issue should be beyond politics.
It is getting harder and harder for them to deny the effects of climate change, and this news is especially critical because two independent teams of researchers came to the same conclusion: global warming has destabilized six glaciers holding together the Antartica ice sheet, making the effects of rising seas several magnitudes higher than previously thought. In other words, the devastation will be worse; it’s happening now; and it will be very difficult if not impossible for reverse.
For my conservative friends who feel piled upon by scientific evidence, I give my plea for a reversal of your stance — on this one issue, the fate of every human being on the planet is at stake; so even if you still have some doubts, please allow the implementation of some steps to mitigate the damage. The Earth is the only home we have, so it makes sense to take some precautions by reducing greenhouse emissions, even if you are unsure about the situation. Just in case. Otherwise, the coastal cities requiring evacuation will include New Orleans, Miami, Boston and New York.