Todd Sanford of the Union of Concerned Scientists NAILS IT:
Our own National Academy of Sciences, founded by Abraham Lincolnto inform policymakers about science, concluded that climate change is occurring, is caused largely by human activities, and poses significant risks for human and natural systems.
Nearly every national academy of science the world over and scores of scientific societies affirm these basic findings.
But misinformation from special interests has sown doubt and confusion about climate science among the public and policymakers.
That has to change. There’s nothing ideological or partisan about first responders planning for the toll increased summer heat can take on seniors. Or farmers taking a hard look at the future for their crops. Or coastal planners anticipating how fast sea levels are rising near valuable beaches.
Post-Sandy, conversations about climate change have a new urgency.
We can be more creative in planning and building resilient communities. There are win-win solutions to address the underlying causes of climate change. For instance, energy efficiency reduces heat-trapping emissions and also helps power companies manage demand during heat waves. Reducing emissions that cause climate change can also help improve air quality and health.
Policymakers shouldn’t put climate change – and the best available, most accurate science, that informs our responses to it – on the back burner.
As our climate changes, it will almost certainly keep delivering more wake up calls like this year’s extreme weather. It’s time for us to get to work finding solutions and making sure we’re prepared for the impacts that are still to come.