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
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
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.