Burning down the south
Thanks very much for your "Burning down the South" article (cover story, June 14). By far the best article I have read about this situation and Georgia's future with global warming. I fully expect that you will receive some award for this excellent piece of environmental journalism.
– Brad Beaman, Decatur
Predictions or guesses?
As you can tell from Scott Henry's dueling experts, climatology is still a very young and inexact science. Forecasters often have trouble predicting what the temperature's going to be right here 12 hours from now. They're also poor at forecasting major weather influences such as sunspots, earthquakes, volcano eruptions, hurricanes (check last year's forecast), tornadoes and tidal waves. Their predictions of Earth's climate 50 years from now are little more than semi-educated guesses.
As for man's role in climate change, one fact scientists agree on is that carbon dioxide accounts for slightly less than four one-hundredths of 1 percent of the gases that make up our atmosphere. Humans produce only a small portion of that, and we couldn't eliminate a significant amount of it without shutting down civilization.
So the only truthful answer to whether Georgia wildfires portend a hotter future is, "nobody knows, and we couldn't do much about it if we did."
– Joe Williams, Douglasville
I just wanted to say thanks for the very interesting columns, especially for the week of June 7 (Metropolis, "Movin' on down") when you wrote about the subtle demographic shift going on in the suburbs. It's fascinating to think that Gwinnett Place Mall could become a shell.
And this week's (Metropolis, "Crime is up and the mayor is out," June 14) was on the mark, too, regarding city crises and the mayor. I don't know if you saw Bob Barr's June 13 AJC guest column, but it was excellent and in a similar vein, i.e. FBI statistics v. city PR.
Keep up the great work!
– Joe Moredock, Atlanta
Wait did did you get the Christmas gifts or not yet? Writing about gun control…
Funny and interesting. Thanks.
"Stadium Love" - Metric
Ben Palmer is a funny dude. I'm saving up to buy his book someday.
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