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December 11, 2011
Former ambassador to China and GOP presidential primary contender Jon Huntsman normally takes reasonable positions, but he has waffled on the question of global warming ("Gingrich has double-digit lead in new national poll," Dec. 7). Mr. Huntsman was quoted in The Sun as requesting the scientific community to state its position on whether humans have played a role in climate change more clearly. Mr. Huntsman should be aware that the National Academies of Sciences, the nation's spokesman for the scientific community, has unequivocally stated that global warming is in part man made and poses an serious threat to mankind.
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September 22, 2014
Monocles are off to the New Yorker for the best headline we've seen yet regarding climate change, this week's United Nations summit in New York and the large-scale demonstrations that have accompanied it: "Largest Climate-Change March in History Unlikely to Convince Idiots. " It's harsh but fair. For the record, man-made climate change is undeniable and serious. There is remarkably little division in the scientific community about that finding. That's not to suggest there doesn't continue to be legitimate debate on such specifics as the timetable for how quickly that change is taking place or the best approach to remediation.
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NEWS
October 30, 2011
If the debate on global warming has been decided in favor of climate change skeptics, as Richard Haddad suggests ("Get past alarmism on global warming," Oct. 26), it is not apparent from information available on the web. Even a cursory search reveals dozens of scientific, newspaper and magazine web sites that flatly contradict his undocumented assertion. To take just one example, Richard Muller, a physicist at the University of California, Berkeley and a former global warming skeptic, recently wrote in the Wall Street Journal (Oct.
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By Ned Tillman | June 12, 2014
Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy earlier this month announced plans to lower the carbon emissions from our antiquated coal-fired power plants 30 percent by 2030. Much of the justification for this has been focused on the need to slow down global warming, sea level rise and other threats of climate change. But there are many other benefits to Marylanders from reducing our dependence on coal-fired power plants that we need to fully understand so that we can enthusiastically support these new measures and speed up their adoption.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Extreme weather is on the rise ("Maryland braces for second heat wave," June 7). Maryland's heat wave is just one example, and scientists predict these extreme events will become increasingly common due to global warming. Heat waves are actually more lethal than other extreme events and pose greater danger to at-risk groups. In our recent report, "Global Warming and Extreme Weather," we found the number of heat waves has gone up since 1960, while 2010 is tied for the warmest year on record.
NEWS
October 27, 2011
In response to Richard Haddad's recent op-ed piece ("Get past alarmism on global warming," Oct. 26), I wish I could understand why he thinks that a growth in world population of 6 billion people in only 207 years when it took all of time to reach 1 billion in 1804 has no effect on a finite planet. We continue to use cars that spew carbon dioxide, industries continue to spew carbon dioxide, etc., etc., etc., and than we continue to cut down trees that absorb carbon dioxide. The things we need to live are being depleted rapidly - air, water, soil - all because of human activity.
NEWS
May 28, 2011
I have carefully read and digested Erica Fuhrmeister's piece on geoengineering ("Fight climate change through geoengineering" May 26 )The thrust of her comments is on various ways to combat "global warming," which is neither man-made nor under man's control. Once again you have used valuable space on your editorial commentary pages in an attempt to misinform the public concerning the disproved "global warming" concept. Indeed, the climate is continuing to cool and warm in cycles, as it always does.
NEWS
February 16, 2010
I laughed when I read Mike Tidwell's "The sky really is falling" (Feb. 14). The fact that this winter has been the snowiest on record in Baltimore proves nothing. Climatologists know that climate change is constant and there have been many periods of warming and cooling throughout earth's history, some more extreme than anything we have experienced in human history. Therefore, no one can prove that our back-to-back blizzards were freak events. Nor can anyone prove that they were due to man-made global warming.
NEWS
July 7, 2010
Hey, I wonder what those correspondents who declared that the twin blizzards proved global warming was a hoax and a fraud think of the early summmer twin heat waves? Hot enough for ya now? Douglas J. Kaplan, Baltimore
NEWS
February 20, 2010
A recent letter to the editor confused long-term shifts in the Earth's climate with global warming ("Snow does not prove global warming," Readers respond, Feb. 16). Scientists know the Earth goes through different orbital configurations that bring it closer to or farther from the sun. Those shifts take place over tens of thousands and hundreds of thousands of years. Recent climate change, however, has taken place in a relatively short period of time. The sun and other natural factors haven't changed over that time period.
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The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
"Wheel of Fortune" host and part-time Severna Park resident Pat Sajak is taking some heat for comments he made on social media about global warming. Sajak (@patsajak) , who got his start as a local TV weatherman in Nashville, according to IMDB, has drawn widespread attention for Twitter posts he made recently, including one posted yesterday that read: "I now believe global warming alarmists are unpatriotic racists knowingly misleading for their own ends. Good night. " Sajak was in town Sunday for an appearance by comedian Martin Short at the Maryland Hall for Creative Arts in Annapolis . Yesterday, he tweeted a photo of him and Short with a shout out to Rams Head.
NEWS
May 6, 2014
No matter who or what is ultimately deemed responsible for last week's dramatic landslide that caused a major portion of East 26 t h Street to collapse onto adjoining CSX tracks, it's clear that unusually heavy rains played a role. The hillside was destabilized, at least in part, by a torrential downpour that brought as much rain in a few days as Baltimore normally sees in the entire month of April. What's worrisome is that this vulnerability - a city's aging infrastructure pitted against unusually severe weather - is likely to become an even greater problem in the future.
NEWS
April 11, 2014
In his ardent defense of the natural gas industry, letter writer Robert C. Erlandson worries that "economic progress" - by which he means the Cove Point LNG project - may be stifled by "environmental zealots" ("Study LNG exports but decide soon" April 7). Clearly Mr. Erlandson is unworried by any long-term negative environmental impact the facility may have. Yet American and international businesses are spending huge sums of money to buy up vast territories around and above the Arctic circle to exploit the region's oil and mineral deposits when global warming melts enough of the ice cap to permit full-scale operations.
NEWS
April 4, 2014
In his commentary, Joe Uehlein makes some dire predictions about ecological conditions in the future ( "Climate change threatens economy," April 2). He writes that flooding and coastal erosion will have an impact on port operations. He states the rising sea levels will have a catastrophic effect on the lower Eastern Shore. But the one that really grabbed my attention is this: "By 2050, days hotter than 90 degrees Fahrenheit will triple to 90 days a year. Between 25 and 30 days will be above 100 degrees.
NEWS
March 16, 2014
Sen. Ben Cardin's statement, "Water levels are increasing. Representing a coastal state like Maryland, we see that. We see the impact of [global warming]," was a clear sign that he understands the urgency of addressing global warming. Given the PR campaign by the dirty energy industry to spread junk science and deny climate change, it is critically important for elected officials to make statements like this. The next step is acting, and that means cleaning up our power plants - America's top source of carbon pollution - and shifting to wind, solar and energy efficiency.
NEWS
February 28, 2014
Thank you for expressing editorial concern about global warming ("Climate change's day in court," Feb. 26). It is ridiculous that the EPA (or anyone else) is even thinking of allowing any new fossil fuel powered plants, pipelines or fracking. Ice-core data tells us that 800,000 years (at 30 years per generation, that is 26,667 generations!) prior to the use of fossil fuels, atmospheric carbon dioxide was in the range 180 to 300 ppm. So we know 300 ppm is safe. Starting in 1850 we have raised carbon dioxide concentration from 280 to 400 ppm. The fact that we are at 400 ppm does not mean it is safe.
NEWS
January 2, 2012
Perhaps the environmental movement in America is stalled because the vast majority of scientists who support the idea that global warming is a result of human activity are social scientists ("Green movement's blues," Dec. 29). Hard science points in the other direction. It recognizes that the warming comes first, caused by irregularities in the sun's energy reaching earth, followed by an increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide released from sea water. True science trumps computer models any day. William Vail, Glen Burnie
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By David Horsey | February 18, 2014
With the American South thawing out after a deep freeze, you can be sure that plenty of the folks are interpreting the big chill as more proof that global warming is a hoax. "Warming?" they scoff. "How can the planet be warming when it's so darn cold?" People in other parts of the world seem to have no great difficulty understanding the science, but in the good oldĀ USA, where quite a few people consider science just another political opinion, it is going to take a lot longer to get most people to accept the cold facts about a warmer world.
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