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Of course global warming is a threat to human health

While I applaud Tim Wheeler for shining a light on the risks of climate change in his recent article "Rising temperatures increase health risks" (May 10), I'm saddened by these three esteemed universities investing time and effort into researching what appears to be common sense.

Most all of us know intuitively and from experience that extreme heat — whether it results in heat stroke, dehydration, sunburn, other physiological reactions, or just lack of ability to participate actively in daily activities — is not good for us. The more of it we experience as a society, the higher the number of individuals who will be impacted. Because it was just announced this week that we've hit 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, it's pretty certain we're in for more of it.

Perhaps Yale, Harvard, Johns Hopkins and other universities and major thinkers can take the knowledge and clout they have and apply it to convincing Congress to establish a revenue-neutral tax on carbon. That way, future generations can be less worried about the risks of extreme heat, with less carbon emissions to warm the atmosphere. Lower temperatures and better air quality would help us a lot more than the knowledge that we're at risk.

Lisa Kempler

The writer is a member of the Citizens Climate Lobby.

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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