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February 28, 2009

Re "Under ice, a threat bubbles," Feb. 22

The Times' article on methane bubbling up in the Arctic is a first-class piece of work.

Scientists complain that the mainstream media are not reporting the alarming scientific facts about the global warming threat, or not reporting them in a way that the public can understand. This article overcomes both of those complaints.

Let's hope the public will realize sooner rather than later that we are all in dire trouble from climate change, right now.

Robert Benson

Los Angeles

The writer is a professor of global warming law at Loyola Law School.


The article states: "Methane levels in the atmosphere have tripled since preindustrial times. Human activities, including rice cultivation, cattle raising and coal mining, account for about 70% of releases."

Near the conclusion of the article, however, the scientists ringing the alarm about the frightening rise in the release of methane gases are cooking up a "batch of hamburgers." What hypocrisy!

Beth Taormina

Long Beach

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