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Letter: A greater threat

We were all shocked by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings, which led to the deaths of five young people (spectators, MIT safety officer, first suspect) and the injuries of 176 people. Law enforcement officials and private citizens collaborated in an intense drive to secure the identities and custody of the suspects, and they are to be commended.

But I hope that revived concern and attention to terrorism does not pull us away from the threat to human life that is far greater, with far graver consequences to us and all life on this planet. Severe weather events are increasing every year. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 551 people lost their lives from tornados and other weather events in the United States in 2011, and 14 “billion-dollar events” caused more than $60 billion of damages. From 2012, Superstorm Sandy alone is expected to cost nearly $100 billion, and the massive Midwest drought as much or more. In that year, 349 died from weather events, not counting the indirect illness and loss of life due to compromised air quality (mold, wildfire smoke, etc), emotional trauma, and economic hardship.

The effects of global scorching will continue to cost us life, limb, economic health and the health of moose and other non-human populations. My hope and prayer is that we can muster the intense will and collaboration shown in Boston to address this most important threat to our wellbeing. Our future depends on it.

M. LISE HILDEBRANDT

Concord

News from the globul warming front.......James Hansen Admits Global Warming Slowing, Falling Below IPCC Projections.........“The planet is no longer warming. The brief warming episode of the late 20th century completed its course in the mid 1990s, and is now extinct. These are now uncontroversial statements.” ........IPCC Railroad engineer Pachauri acknowledges ‘No warming for 17 years’........UN IPCC Lead Author Hans Von Storch Blasts Climate Scientists: Not The 'Keepers Of The Truth' -- Says They 'Oversold' The Science -- Accuses colleagues of hype & 'methodical failure'..........NASA's Rubber Ruler Scandal.........Error found in climate modelling: Too many droughts predicted....I can fill pages of well documented peer reviewed research proving the global warming alarmists have sold the people the medicine mans elixer

M.L.H., What do you propose?

If I say something provocative like "Last years midwest drought was NOT caused by "Global Warming"...do you think Mr Currie will spot it and correct me?

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