Puzzling, it is, that Tom Harris (“Real climate crisis: misdirected funds” in the Nov. 29 Letters column) attempts to make a case that global warming is not related to extreme weather events.

First he erroneously cites the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and the Nongovernmental International Panel on Climate Change in regard to low to no probability that global warming results in increased extreme weather events.

Next, however, Harris alludes to the vanity of trying to prevent such events from occurring. Hardening societies to these inevitable events, he warns, is necessary. We must help people adapt to climate change.

Harris seems to believe global warming, climate change and extreme weather events are occurring, and that they are not linked stands to reason. Regardless, his conclusion is correct. We must divert more “climate finance” funds to helping people adapt to climate change.


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