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Letter: Don’t discount impact on climate

(The writer is responding to a Bloomberg column by Faye Flam in Wednesday’s Post, “The hazards of connecting the dots.”)

Faye Flam urges caution regarding connecting the dots between climate change and hurricanes.

However, in its report “Catastrophe Modeling and Climate Change,” Lloyd’s of London states that the 8 inches of sea-level rise off the tip of Manhattan increased Superstorm Sandy’s surge losses by 30 percent, and that “Further increases in sea level in this region may non-linearly increase the loss potential from similar storms.”

Moreover, in its 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review, the U.S. Department of Defense warns: “As greenhouse gas emissions increase, sea levels are rising, average global temperatures are increasing, and severe weather patterns are accelerating. These changes, coupled with other global dynamics, … will devastate homes, land and infrastructure.”

It’s helpful to look to independent organizations like the insurance industry and the military when evaluating the threat posed by climate change. Because they depend on scientific evidence to assess risk, they are less amenable to politicized science.

It’s crucial for our members of Congress to heed these voices and find common ground on climate action.

— Terry Hansen

Hales Corners, Wisconsin

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