Climate change belongs in school curriculum

August 18, 2012

Kudos to the National Science Foundation and the states of Maryland and Delaware for adopting a curriculum to teach the science of global warming and climate change ("A grant to help teach climate change," Aug. 16). We need to address this issue before we witness parts of the Inner Harbor and the Eastern Shore go underwater.

Some may dispute the approach, but there's no dispute among the scientific community about whether climate change represents an existential threat to the planet unless humans take drastic steps to reverse the trend.

This is the position adopted by the National Academy of Science and the great majority of scientists worldwide. Those who question these facts are primarily special interest groups, like the energy industry, who fear the costs of countermeasures such as a carbon tax, or those too ignorant or gullible to understand the facts.

Jack Kinstlinger, Baltimore

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