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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.