NEWS: Commentary: Let’s not be afraid to talk about climate change

Sarah Wright and Dennis Haslam
Salt Lake Tribune

The horrifying images we have viewed on our screens over the past several weeks illuminate the unprecedented series of extreme weather that has cost lives, hundreds of billions of dollars in devastating property damage and the disruption of millions of lives. The extreme nature of recent hurricanes and wildfires are driven by many factors, but are exacerbated by human-driven climate change.

We all come from a different place of understanding, but simply stated, pollution from burning coal, oil and gas acts like a blanket in our atmosphere and traps heat, resulting in warmer temperatures and warmer oceans that have optimized the impact of tropical storms, increasing the risk for more costly and deadly weather events in Utah and communities across our nation, and indeed the globe.

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