Growing up in the suburbs of New York, I saw firsthand the emotional and physical damage that extreme weather events can cause, and I can still feel the sting of Super Storm Sandy occurring less than a year ago.

I was so excited to finally hear some positive news on the curbing global-warming front ("Lighting the way on climate change," Sept. 23). President Barack Obama announced new regulations to limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, a brave step in reducing a major contributor to climate change. This announcement occurred at an appropriate time, marking the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Isabel.

With our national administration creating rules that will have an encouraging impact on our environment, we can hope that such extreme weather will be less of an issue in the coming future.

I am hopeful that our leaders will realize how crucial it is to limit air pollution in order for future generations to live in a cleaner and safer planet. It is imperative that our Maryland representatives, as well as our national leaders, take action and support the push for restricting air pollution, because super storms should be a thing of the past, not a constant fear for the future.

Komal Desai, Baltimore