Letters to the Editor

Climate change is the culprit in fires and floods alike

Kit Hentzen stands amid burnt brush as he sprays foam on hot spots near Oak Shores.
Kit Hentzen stands amid burnt brush as he sprays foam on hot spots near Oak Shores. dmiddlecamp@thetribunenews.com

Gee, what a fire season we’re having. At least five major fires in California alone, one in our county. And it seems, year by year, this situation is only getting worse. It is not difficult to see the link between this and climate change, aka global warming.

Another scary feature of these times is the prevalence of heavy rains and floods in many parts of the country. Can this also be attributed to climate change? Yes it can. Both the ocean water and the air above it have warmed substantially, and this causes increased evaporation — that is, more water available for rain.

Well, if climate change causes heavy rains, at least it’s not responsible for the drought we’re having, right? Guess again. For more complicated reasons having to do with the Gulf Stream, climate change is a major factor in our drought.

The situation is dire but still, just, salvageable. If you want to be part of the solution, check out the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Do it today!

Bob Wolf, San Luis Obispo

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