Re "More warming scaremongering" (Letters, Jan. 15): The letter writer gives sarcastic kudos to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for stating that 2012 was the warmest year on record for the lower 48 states. He says that this only represents 1.5 percent of the planet's surface. Never mind that NOAA's report was not intended to reflect temps across the entire planet.
He notes that an October 2012 National Geographic article stated that Antarctic sea ice is the "greatest, largest, and thickest ever." He fails to note that the article also says that the rate of increase in Antarctic ice (about 1 percent a year), does not nearly correct for the record loss of ice in the Arctic. The article states that this phenomenon "is clearly consistent with a warming world."
He is "relieved that the unintended consequences of looking at a small enough sample can prove just about anything." Apparently he's right about that.
-- D. Mark Wilson, Sacramento
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