This morning, preparing to eat breakfast and read the morning paper, I cleaned the ash from yet another wildfire off the table on my porch. I thought of the drought and how unusual Utah's weather has been these past few years. Then I read James Hansen's op-ed, "Welcome to climate change" (Opinion, Aug. 9), and the weather changes I was contemplating made sense.
Scientists like Hansen talk the language of mathematics: probabilities, bell curves, standard deviations, etc. The rest of us rely on what we are observing and experiencing.
The math and science confirm what we are seeing a warming planet with more extreme weather. And while the cause is not obvious to casual observation, the science tells us that these changes come from increasing greenhouse gases, primarily from burning fossil fuels.