Mr. Staruk’s reply to Mr. Burruss rebutting man’s effect on climate change misses some critical points. While it is true that there have been warming and cooling cycles throughout geologic time, scientists are able to identify those caused by natural cycles and those caused my man. I know that Mr. Staruk may not know the science behind this, but he can do some research if he is at all interested. I am afraid, however, that those who share Mr. Staruk’s opinion are victims of cognitive dissonance.
Those who deny climate change brought about by man are missing a key point. Those gases and chemicals that are at least partially responsible for climate change also have a huge impact on human health and the health of all inhabitants of our world that depend on non-polluted air and water in order to survive.
WebMD states that “The number of Americans who die from chronic respiratory diseases has skyrocketed over the past 35 years, led in large part by deaths from COPD, a new report indicates.
“From 1980 through 2014, more than 4.6 million Americans died from a range of chronic respiratory illnesses, the researchers reported. While the risk was pegged at 41 deaths for every 100,000 people back in 1980, it rose to nearly 53 out of every 100,000 by 2014, representing a nearly 31 percent spike over 35 years.”
And the dismal news continues in the new report.
“Eighty-five percent of the deaths — 3.9 million people — were from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) which moved up in that period of time to become the third leading cause of death, ahead of stroke in the United States.” There are many more references that state the same facts.
This is despite the fact that cigarette smoking has decreased. The CDC states, “Current smoking has declined from 20.9 percent (nearly 21 of every 100 adults) in 2005 to 13.7 percent (nearly 14 of every 100 adults) in 2018, and the proportion of ever smokers who have quit has increased.”
It is time that climate change deniers face the fact that the same pollutants that are at least partially responsible for climate change are unquestionably responsible for increased mortality from respiratory disease and this does not even account for the other carcinogens in our air and water that lead to extremely high medical costs and mortality.
Paul E. Lehmann