My letter to the Valley News (local paper that makes virtually no content available via the Web) appeared Wednesday:
Thin Ice in the Arctic
Thanks for the interview with Jackie Richter-Menge, lead editor of the
Arctic Report Card ("Hanover Researcher Writes Report on Arctic Health,"
Dec. 24). To Ms. Richter-Menge's comments on global warming and the
Arctic, I'd like to add a statistic that is remarkable to me. Detailed measurements of Arctic sea ice have been taken since 1979. In 2011, the minimum estimated volume of the sea ice was just one-quarter what it was in 1979, and less than half what it was as recently as 2006. For
anyone interested in following the latest findings in climate science, I
recommend the excellent Climate Progress and Skeptical Science blogs.
If you're already concerned, Citizens' Climate Lobby is actively
pursuing a simple remedy--a gradually increasing national tax on carbon
with the proceeds distributed back to individuals as a yearly dividend to
all Americans. This concept is embodied in the Save Our Climate Act,
H.R. 3242. I urge your support.