Source: Comment by Scott Mandia on Peter Glieck's Facebook page, March 18, 2014.
On March 16, 2014, New York Times published a letter to the editor, What to Do About California's Drought. It was co-written by Dr. Peter Glieck, President of the Pacific Institute, as well as Dr. Jonathan Overpeck and Dr. Connie Woodhouse, both professors of geosciences at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
In the letter, Gleick wrote about California's current severe drought focusing attention on the persistent debate about the links between drought and climate change (or any extreme weather event).
Gleick believes that present California drought "has certainly been exacerbated by climate change for one simple reason: Temperatures in California are now higher today, as they are globally. This alone increases water demand by crops and ecosystems, accelerates snowpack loss, and worsens evaporation from reservoirs."
Gleick ended with, "We are now unambiguously altering the climate, threatening water supplies for human and natural systems. This is but one example of how even today we are paying the cost of unavoidable climate changes."
When Gleick posted this NY Times letter on his Facebook page, Professor Scott Mandia at Suffolk County Community College, commented,
"Climate is the canvas and weather is what is painted on it. Humans have changed the climate so now all weather is affected by us."
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