, Newburyport, MA

April 15, 2014

Act now to control climate pollution

Newburyport Daily News

---- — To the editor:

The United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the principal international body for the assessment of climate research, just published its Fifth Assessment Report concluding unequivocally that climate change is real and requires meaningful action. Science should guide our response to climate change — not the opinions of the extreme fringe.

Dozens of governments and hundreds of experts reviewed the IPCC report. Its findings represent a global consensus on the basic science of climate change.

Ecological systems are being damaged on every continent.

Increased tree mortality and associated forest dieback is projected to occur in many regions over the 21st century. Climate change impacts are expected to exacerbate poverty in most developing nations.

And in our own very developed nation we are seeing some of the effects of climate change in extreme heat or cold, in coastal flooding and in extreme precipitation.

We need to act now to control climate pollution.

Rebecca Esche