Dr. Wilhite: Nebraska must act on climate change

Despite warnings from numerous sources (including a 2014 report from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Nebraska has been complacent about planning for climate change.

Given its agriculturally based economy with its sensitivities to weather, Nebraska should heed the warning of the most recent report from the United Nations. These warnings ("UN report carries life-or-death warning," Oct. 8) illustrate the dire consequences of not taking decisive and urgent action to reduce sharply carbon pollution.

The consequences of our inaction include continued and accelerated far-reaching effects on public health, agriculture and food security, water supply, economic growth, national security and livelihoods.