LETTER: Lake woes stem from global issueThe heating of Lake Superior is a local manifestation of a global phenomenon.
The heating of Lake Superior is a local manifestation of a global phenomenon.
All across the globe, people are figuring out that things aren’t what they used to be, climatically speaking. Regions that require glacial melt for their water are looking at increasingly arid futures, while citizens of island nations are getting ready for the day rising seas turn their homelands into historical footnotes. And, closer to home, people who live on the shores of America’s largest lake are discovering that industrial civilization’s century-long fossil-fuel binge has some serious consequences right in their own neighborhoods.
But the U.S.A. is unique among nations in that many of its citizens reject the existence of climate change entirely. We can sympathize with the denialists’ reluctance to accept the greenhouse effect will disrupt their lives in countless unpredictable and complex ways — after all, nobody looks forward to planetary catastrophe — but future generations on the shores of an ice-free Lake Superior will deplore their inaction.