Letter: Explain why some grass still is green

There are remnants of green grass on our lawns. When we were children, people would question the stability of anybody who expected green grass in December. What’s causing it now? Common sense says something strange is happening.

Climate change is occurring so fast that seed catalog companies say they have difficulty keeping changes in growth-zones updated.

California wildfires. We’ve heard scientists say you can’t tie specific weather events to climate change. But hopefully we didn’t block out their next statement: expect more extreme weather because climate change amplifies fires and storms.

The ocean. Phytoplankton is the bottom of our world’s food chain. It grows in the ocean. Scientists say it creates 50-70 percent of the oxygen we breathe in the atmosphere. But annually ocean water is warming, which increases acidification, which is toxic to phytoplankton. If the bottom of the food chain diminishes, what results for the rest of us?

Polar ice caps. Picture the globe with two icy anchors on it — one on the north extremity, the other on the south. They’ve been ice-covered for recorded human history, but they’re melting. What’s the result?

Yes, climate change occurred before human history and it was devastating.

While I’m not a scientist, I look around and listen. The vast majority of scientists say climate change is real and increased by human’s carbon-based-activity.

Warm weather was enjoyable. But next time you’re out, examine your lawn and your neighbor’s. Why are there remnants of green?

Linda Svoboda

Cedar Rapids

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