Friday, December 5, 2014

Don Gaede 10-24-2014 - Take measured steps

Take measured steps

I wish Michael Freeman were right (letter Oct. 15). I wish there could be, as he puts it, "a massive increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide" without causing any global warming. I would sleep better at night.

Unfortunately, he leaves out a few things: like the ocean. It covers 70% of the Earth's surface, and has immense heat-storing capacity. In fact, the vast majority of global warming goes into the ocean. Its temperature has shown a very steady rise since 1950.

Surface temperatures show more variability, but the overall trend is unmistakably upward. The World Meteorological Association stated that the decade 2000 to 2010 was the warmest since records began in 1850.

I agree with Mr. Freeman on one point: "draconian measures" are not needed to address global warming. But we do need to start taking measured steps toward averting a very serious problem.

Don Gaede Fresno

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