In “Climate science far from settled” (Opinion, March 14), Jeff Jacoby concludes that the push to lower carbon emissions is “so irresponsible,” and that warnings of rising sea levels are “little better than reckless fearmongering.” I disagree with Mr. Jacoby’s conclusions, as do the 194 countries who signed the Paris agreement on climate change. In the scientific community, there is overwhelming agreement that human carbon emissions are causing global climate change, with a “97 percent consensus among publishing climate scientists,” according to skepticalscience.com.
I think it is safe to say that, based on over 100 years of scientific observation and research, the earth is warming, ice caps are melting, and sea levels are rising. To be fair, it could be caused by a shifting weather pattern (common throughout the history of the planet), or man-made carbon emissions could be merely a contributing cause rather than the primary cause. If human beings are able to abate some of our contribution to these changes, then as stewards of our planet I think we have an obligation to do so. Otherwise, these climate changes will most certainly have a detrimental effect on the vast majority of human beings.