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Letter to the editor: Prevent an apocalypse

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 - 12:01 am

The 2013 United Nations Climate Change Conference began planning a process for poor developing countries to be able to claim “loss and damage” from extreme weather events and receive payments from the carbon polluting industrialized nations.

Rich nations have their own loss and damage from the extreme weather to add to a growing debt. However it is transacted, worldwide investment is needed in replacing housing, transportation and any other fossil fuel dependence.

If all this seems overwhelming, we also must build this new sustainable world in just a few decades or so if we are to limit catastrophic environmental tipping points. One tipping point is nearing with the northern summers getting so long and hot that increasing levels of ancient ice trapped methane are being released into our overloaded atmosphere. Worldwide mass extinctions had similar conditions.

Every step we take to prevent this apocalypse should be done with urgent high priority. Steps to bring passenger rail service to Fort Wayne are a good example and most deserving of support from the community Legacy fund.

Howard Traxmor