LTE to Pittsburgh Post Gazette, by BRUCE COOPER, Cranberry, April 12, 2020.

The writer is a group leader of the Slippery Rock chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

The world is in the midst of a struggle, the likes of which we haven’t seen in over 100 years. Great chunks of the global economy are shut down as the coronavirus sweeps across the planet.

One of the main tests being used to determine if someone might be infected is taking his or her temperature. A fever is a good indicator that additional tests are necessary.

The planet has been running a fever for 50 years, and its symptoms of illness have become more and more pronounced. Flooding, drought, wildfires, bleaching coral and melting ice are all increasing in both frequency and intensity. But except for mitigation here and there, we’ve been prescribing “two aspirin and call me in a few years.”


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