Op-EdClimate change earns new support

At a conference in Washington this summer, former Congressman Bob Inglis stated two reasons for changing his mind about climate change. A self-described conservative Republican, he recalled how he used to “mock Al Gore” on the issue. As a member of the House Science Committee, he twice visited Antarctica to inform himself on the worth of polar research being done, with government support of about $300 million per year.

In Antarctic ice core samples, Inglis stated, he “saw the compelling evidence” of how humans are changing the atmosphere, through rising carbon levels, since the industrial revolution.

The journal “Science” carried a report on the ice-core evidence in April last year. A 364-meter-long core, drilled from the Antarctic Peninsula and spanning 1,000 years of earth history, shows surface ice now melting 10 times faster each summer than 600 years ago. That being the past millennium’s coldest time, by the start of the 20th century annual ice melt had doubled and, by the end of the century, risen tenfold. More...

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