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Frank Lavallee of Valrico is quite worried about climate change

Michael Kruse, Times Staff Writer

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 8:40am

You saw his letter to the editor in this morning's paper?

Whether people want to believe it or not, there's plenty of scientific and physical evidence to confirm that the Earth is going through a global warming. Part of it is because of the geological warming cycle that has occurred since the last Ice Age about 20,000 years ago, but an even bigger part of it is because of the impact from the human race.

By the year 1900, the global population was about 1.6 billion people. By 2000, it had reached about 6 billion. By 2015, it will be about 7 billion. That's 1 billion more people contributing to greenhouse gas emissions than only 15 years ago, and there are no signs that the population explosion is slowing down.

Miami is beginning to suffer the consequences of rising sea levels, and other large coastal metropolitan areas will eventually follow. I don't believe this cycle can be stopped or reversed, so the future of my grandchildren and great-grandchildren is something I try not to think too much about.