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Climate change has been impacting the world for decades now, and it is increasingly affecting numismatists, who find themselves and their coin collections at the mercy of wildfires, rising shorelines, more intense hurricanes and tornadoes, and escalating heat and humidity, among other threats from Mother Nature.

Storms, winds, floods, and thres are nothing new – humankind has coped with such natural disasters for millions of years. But the problems are getting worse by the year, and they’re getting worse quickly.

The overwhelming majority of credible climate scientists agree that the earthly forces behind climate change are at least in part being driven by humans and can be potentially mitigated with more sociopolitical will and environmental awareness.

Yet climate change is a controversial topic – a bizarre reality today, given that just a few decades ago political leaders on both sides of the aisle agreed that climate change and environmental protection were issues worth taking up through the passage of laws and regulations.

Many older coin collectors may recall a time when Republican President Richard M. Nixon signed into law the U.S. National Environmental Policy Act of 1970 – accomplished the same year Americans first celebrated Earth Day. In the early 1970s, Nixon also established the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and signed into law the Clean Water Act, which was further amended by Democratic President Jimmy Carter a few years later.

Republican President Ronald Reagan signed the Water Quality Act in 1987. Reagan’s vice president and eventual presidential successor, George H.W. Bush, addressed “global warming” by name many times during his presidency. He even gave a notable speech on the matter in 1988, just weeks affter NASA scientist James E. Hansen delivered groundbreaking testimony to Congress about the cause-and-effect relationship of greenhouse gases and increasing average temperatures around the world.

Sadly, the good ol’ days of the 1970s and ‘80s – when Republicans and Democrats were working together on environmental issues and the climate was behaving more “normally” – are long behind us. Now, more than three decades later, the extreme effects of climate change are no longer hypothetical. They’re real, and numismatists have only one option: to better protect their coins.

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Beckett COINage Feb/March 2020, 2021 bullion coin game changer, The magazine for coin collectors and investors, Your coins and climate change, Numismatic global warning, And more..