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Debating carbon-dioxide emissions
A recent Washington Times editorial unfairly disparaged climate research based on a purposefully narrow representation of science (“Snow job,” Comment & Analysis, Jan. 28).
The editorial cited a recent study about glaciers in the Himalayas to try to downplay the effects of climate change. However, as your editorial noted, the study was limited. Dirk Scherler, the study’s lead author, told Reuters news agency, “Overall in the Himalayas, the glaciers are retreating.” The editorial misrepresented science in the service of its ideological opposition to government policies aimed at reducing carbon-dioxide emissions.
The climate does not care where we stand politically - it is simply responding to human activity overloading it with heat-trapping carbon dioxide. I respectfully disagree with the editorial board on the question of whether we should try to reduce emissions and minimize the risks of climate change. I think it would be prudent to do so based on the risks scientists have identified from allowing emissions to grow ever higher.
Press secretary, Union of Concerned Scientists
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