Letter: Mom and Wooten right about global warming


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Posted Online: March 25, 2013, 3:04 pm
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My mother was born in a farmhouse in a small town in Iowa. With eight children in the family, the family pretty much lived off of the land. I'm sure this early attachment to the land was the reason that she loved to garden. Every fall would find her happily canning her tomatoes and beans in the kitchen. In her final years of gardening she would often remark about how the weather was changing. She had lived long enough to realize that something was different with the seasons.

Don Wooten recently wrote an article on global warming, in agreement with my mother, that global warming is, indeed, happening.

Another column appeared challenging Wooten's support of global warming. Mars, Jupiter and Neptune's moon, Titan, are supposedly warming up, too, so humans must not have anything to do with warming here on earth. If three of the hundred-plus major solar system objects are maybe warming up, so what? Scientifically, that statement means nothing.

The author also stated that the Antarctic sea ice had increased thirty percent from 1980 to 2010. This is not true! The increase is only about 2 percent (this is from NASA.) It is, however, the land ice that covers the Antarctic continent that is the most important. The amount of water in this land ice is equivalent to more than a two hundred foot rise in the world's oceans.
And is this land ice melting? Yes it is!

Now the question is:

"Do humans play a part in this?"

Steven J. Virnig,
East Moline












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