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LETTERS: Forecast cloudy for climate


Re: Sci-fi leaps vs. practicality, March 6 column.

Columnist Roy Strang asks how we can adapt to naturally occurring global warming. But there are many who believe burning fossil fuels contributes the most to climate change, with many implications.

White Rock has recently begun to put funds into a regional scheme to deal with rising ocean levels, including dikes. At the same time, India is constructing a 2.5 metre-high fence 3,000 kilometres long, designed to keep the people of Bangladesh out.

Not only has the federal government told us not to worry about climate change, it looks forward to the Arctic melting. In 2010, Prime Minister Stephen Harper sang the praises of gas in the Beaufort Sea, oil in the eastern Arctic and diamonds in Nunavut, resources all waiting to be exploited.

The same year, the House of Commons passed the Climate Change Accountability Act, but later the Conservative-dominated, unelected Senate killed it.

Perhaps Canada’s seemingly nonchalant attitude towards global warming is encouraged by the Climate Vulnerability Monitor put out by DORA.

The monitor indicates Canada will be at the low-end of flooding, storms, drought, heat waves and fires. Asia and Africa will not be so fortunate, with food supply taking a big hit.

Recently, my son asked me about climate change; my reading has not inspired optimism, so long as record amounts of greenhouse gases are being spewed into the atmosphere.

Bob Burgel, Surrey

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