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Letter: Climate signs


Sunday, October 14, 2018

Humankind’s fossil-fuel-burning-induced climate change is the common denominator in several articles in the Oct. 9 edition of the Monitor, and also an indicator of how to vote in the upcoming elections.

While noting signs of stress on an old ash tree, David Brooks cites only two stressors, a steep slope and adjacent roadway. Readers should realize that abnormally high levels of ozone, from the burning of fossil fuels, are now present in our atmosphere. This ozone is more toxic to vegetation than to us, causing damage to trees, and making them more susceptible to other stress factors. Also, trees absorb our harmful pollution. Finally, climate change, with droughts, deluges and unprecedented temperature extremes, wreak havoc with trees that have evolved during a more stable climatic period.

On other pages of the same Monitor, we read about yet another hiker falling on slippery rocks. Heavier downpours and warmer temperatures facilitate the growth of moss and fungi that render wet rocks more slippery and dangerous. In a separate article, the financial stresses caused by these rescue operations are discussed.

What can we do? Vote for candidates who support science, and understand the connections between climate change, energy and the environment. That’s why I’m voting for Marjorie Porter and Dick McNamara for District 1, Jim Bosman and Chris Balch for District 38, Jenn Alford-Teaster for state Senate, Molly Kelly for governor and Annie Kuster for our U.S. representative.

SUSAN SHAMEL

Hillsborough