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December 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: 12/18/2013

Earth not that sensitive

Four-hundred parts per million (400 ppm) of the life-sustaining molecule carbon dioxide (CO2), is the approximate concentration in Earth’s atmosphere. Many are concerned that this concentration will doom coastal cities across the planet by raising average temperatures, which they say will melt polar ice, causing sea levels to rise. My experiences lead me to think that our planet is resilient to activities that our species may impose on the atmosphere. I do not believe that the Earth is that sensitive to a bit more carbonation — a.k.a. bubbly.

Visualize this tiny amount — 400 ppm — using a pie denoting Earth’s atmosphere, which has been uniformly minced into one million equal bits. Slice this pie into 100 equal pieces, each now contains 10,000 bits. Extract 400 bits from one piece and you have an idea of how tiny the concentration of CO2 is in Earth’s atmosphere — four-one hundredths of 1 percent.

Since 1998 Earth’s average temperature has not increased. More CO2 going into our atmosphere will enhance plant growth and provide longer, warmer growing seasons.

Opening a bottle of champagne releases bubbly CO2 — cheers, (Naz-drov-ia) Happy New Year!

Joe Griggs

Traverse City

Where’s the outrage?

It was interesting to note in the “Our View” section of the Dec. 8 edition of the Traverse City Record-Eagle your concern for the servers being exposed to second-hand smoke from adult patrons at bars and restaurants that have outdoor seating and as you state, “No one has the right to expose someone else to a known cause of cancer or any other disease.”

The word “known” must be a pass to OK companies that are allowed to pump millions of gallons of water, polluted with thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals of which they won’t disclose (trade secret) into the ground that’s surrounded by the Great Lakes and has the potential to harm thousands if not millions of people in the future, because at present we can’t tie those chemicals of which we know so little about to a known cause of cancer or any other disease.

Really, where is the outrage?

Darryl S. Burkhardt

Bear Lake

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