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Thomas dead-wrong on climate [Letter]

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Cal Thomas' column on "Chicken Little science" (April 19) on baltimoresun.com contains so much inaccurate deception that it's hard to know where to start.

In dismissing the seriousness and urgency of the climate change challenge, he places his faith on one economist who withdrew from the 309 scientists who wrote the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change impacts report. He is also willing to trust one physicist who did research on climate in the late 1970s rather than 235 still active scientists who wrote the IPCC physical science report. His assertions about the rate of sea-level rise declining are dead wrong. Just go to Colorado University's sea level website and you will see for yourself the actual satellite data that no slow-down in the rate of rise for the past 10-year period. In fact, the sea-level rise experienced has been slightly higher than earlier climate models had forecast.

After such a fine editorial calling for action on climate change the day earlier ("Climate change demands action", why would The Sun publish such nonsense?

Donald F. Boesch, Cambridge

The writer is president of the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

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