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Climate change merits swift action

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The fight against climate change must be local, global and immediate. The clear and increasingly imminent threat should be of concern to everyone on the planet but especially to those who live near oceans and bays due to their vulnerability to rising water levels ("Climate change warnings," June 12).

In spite of overwhelming scientific evidence, there are still politicians who, for reasons of ideology and special interests, deny the facts and science. House Speaker John Boehner, for example, dismisses the looming danger as "absolutely crazy." Unfortunately, putting one's head in the sand does not avoid a very unpleasant outcome.

As we've witnessed, the longer countries delay taking action, the more dangerous the threat becomes and the more difficult it is to avoid catastrophes. The place to begin is with a bold national and, hopefully, international commitment to reduce carbon emissions.

Roger C. Kostmayer, Baltimore

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