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Dear Ely: Thanks for these comments -- I do not know enough about the specific cases you quote to understand whether they are the result of climate change or (in the case of Lake Chad) the result of excessive diversions upstream, or (in the case of lake Tanganyika) the result of over-fishing. That said, I believe your examples rather confirm my point: there are many, many serious resource issues facing diverse communities today. These issue may be the full or partial result of climate change, or may be unrelated to climate change. In every case, dealing with "the future" includes addressing BOTH these current issues as well as such additional problems as may arise from climate change. My concern is that in the rush to address "climate change" we understate or even forget some of these already existing problems. I hope this clarifies. Thanks for your comments. Chris