As we’ve seen this winter, there have been extreme changes in weather patterns. These massive and frequent snowstorms in New England are not the only indicators. The West has experienced more severe droughts and wildfires, and the Midwest and East have had increased flooding.

These are real threats facing public safety today. This is what scientists have predicted, and they see more of it in the future.

Sea level rise, ocean acidification and ozone depletion are other indicators of climate change, but they are easy to put on the back burner. The increase in intense storms is hard to ignore.

It will be very difficult for our current systems to combat the new weather patterns, and costly to update and rebuild after disasters. Carbon emissions are the culprit and can be reduced with sustainable technology.

Renee Dugal

South Portland