Dear Editor: One of the most tragic aspects of the epic natural disasters in California is knowing that much of the cost and suffering could have been prevented had we taken action decades ago when the impact of greenhouse gas build-up was first becoming clear. More tragic is the backward action of current national leaders when the link between extreme weather events and human-caused climate change is as close to a fact as science will ever get.

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This story was posted on January 18, 2018.