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April 23, 2018

4/3/2018 7:30:00 AM
Reader shares thoughts on climate change

To the Editor:

We love our lakes. They are central to our quality of life and critical to our tourist economy. And they are increasingly being threatened. On March 14, Dr. John Lenters presented a highly informed talk on the impacts of global warming on lakes here and around the world. The presentation, sponsored by Citizens' Climate Lobby and Nicolet College in Rhinelander, showed that the climate crisis is hitting us here in northern Wisconsin.

We have known for a long time that global temperatures have been rising since the 19th century because of greenhouse gases. Dr. Lenters noted that the rate of increase has more than doubled over the past 30 years. What is particularly surprising is that lake temperatures are increasing even faster than air temperatures, and that is expected to continue.

Such temperature rise has major implications for the health of our lakes. Walleyes are cool-water fish and their numbers will continue to decline with warmer temperatures. Algae blooms will increase and invasive species will expand. Water stratification and seasonal turnovers will be impacted, with potential loss of oxygen levels. And there are other threats.

But the point is simple: if we continue to cause global warming, our lakes will suffer. And so will the future of the Northwoods.

What can be done? We can adopt policies that slow our ongoing climate disruption, such as the market-friendly Carbon Fee & Dividend policy promoted by Citizens' Climate Lobby. But we also need to have politicians in Washington and in Wisconsin that take climate chaos seriously.

We need representatives that follow the advice of military strategists, financial institutions, corporations, and conservative economists: adopt strong climate change policies now - if we care for our lakes and our future.

Randall Wendt


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, April 16, 2018
Article comment by: Elmer Leitl

Merlin,Bill,and name calling James,I am willing to bet that you are all dems and believe Gore and the biggest liar of all.You can bet the authers of those books got paid to write about what you believers now call climate change.I guess mabey all you believers are right about climate change because there were at least eight wisconsin cities that set new record lows on april 8th and i am sure you all heard about the new snow depth records last week.Keep listening to the paid liars and keep reading those books.Hurry because it is happening fast!.

Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Article comment by: James Patriarca

Elmer, your ignorance is profound. Read a book..............

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018
Article comment by: Bill Barto

Elmer, there are literally hundreds of scientific, peer reviewed articles about climate change right at your fingertips. Will you look them up on the Google? Heck, even if you did you'd yell 'Fake News!' because you won't like the findings.

BTW, the word is spelled 'maybe' and 'global' and 'believers' and 'southern'.

Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018
Article comment by: Merlin Van

Weather does not equal climate! You cannot look at just one part of the planet and say "Hah where's your global warming?" You have to take the earth as a whole. Right now the big changes are happening on the poles. These changes are happening faster than predicted. So get your head out of the sand, and let's make some common sense changes to combat global warming!

Posted: Thursday, April 5, 2018
Article comment by: Elmer Leitl

Mabey since you are now well informed about globile warming you could tell the non belivers why this winter was so cold in the whole united states with snow in texas,florida, and most sothern states.It was also a very wet winter.Mabey you could also explain why the ice on our local lakes was thicker than it has been for many years and it is still snowing in april with temps 15 to 20 degrees below normal.What are you doing to solve the problem?

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