May 4, 2013

Letters to the Editor: May 4, 2013


---- — Day of Caring

TO THE EDITOR: We would like to take this opportunity to thank United Way of the Adirondack Region and volunteers from Georgia-Pacific for another successful United Day of Caring.

With the help of several people from Georgia-Pacific, we were able to accomplish several good projects at the Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum that Saturday.

Once again, a big thank you to all who helped make the day so successful.


Babbie Rural and Farm Learning Museum staff


Greenhouse gas

TO THE EDITOR: Nature has made CO2 a greenhouse gas (GHG).

It is not the fault of CO2 that this is the case; it is the nature of the chemical bonds within the molecule that brings this about. The “big bang” gave it this property.

The ice sheets that covered the northern hemisphere repeatedly over the past million years or so are driven by changes in Earth’s orbital characteristics — its orbital shape, axial precession and axial tilt: the Milankovitch cycles.

Other orbital changes bring about the melting as well, with CO2 as a feedback that hastens this process. Many peer-reviewed publications support this.

The air temperatures have remained relatively constant recently, but the GHG effect is still operating. It has not stopped doing what the physics requires. The extra heat is now going into the oceans. Guemas et al. (2013) in Nature Climate Change and Balmaseda (2013) in Geophysical Research Letters, both peer-reviewed papers, present data to support this claim. This additional heat is detected to a depth of more than 6,000 feet.

The Marcott study conclusions published in Science (March 2013) still stand. There has been no retraction of the study.

Marcott acknowledges, in the paper, that statistics for the 20th century are not robust. That is why he includes the Mann study (validated by 12 peer-reviewed studies since), which includes actual “thermometer” data: can’t get any better than that. One has to read the paper and not the press releases to understand that.

There is nothing in the Press-Republican article to suggest doom: concern yes, but doom no. Indeed, examples are given here and in previous articles about the positive actions many people, cities, states and countries are taking to address this problem.

But we do need to do more.




PetWalk May 5

TO THE EDITOR: In conjunction with national Be Kind to Animals Week, the Adirondack Humane Society will hold its 19th-annual PetWalk from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

This is our major fund-raising event of the year. All proceeds from this event support our shelter, our adoptable animals and our ongoing services and programs.

Adirondack Humane Society serves our community by assisting people in adopting an animal companion, returning lost animals to their human families, offering programs to promote responsible pet ownership and providing financial assistance for spaying or neutering of dogs and cats.

Adirondack Humane Society invites everyone to participate in PetWalk 2013. Join in our various contests, such as Pet and Owner Look-Alike or Best Dog Trick.

Find sponsors and join our parade. From mutts to mastiffs, from chihuahuas to greyhounds and all the sizes, colors and combinations in between, you’ll have great fun just watching the animals. Some shelter animals will be there with special vests indicating that they are adoptable.

Come visit our shelter at 134 Idaho Ave. at PARC, talk with the staff and meet the many animals up for adoption. You can also view our four-legged residents at More than 4,800 shelter animals have found loving homes since we opened our doors.

Please join us for a fun-filled afternoon at Penfield Park on Boynton Avenue, Plattsburgh on Sunday, May 5.

For more information on PetWalk, call us at 561-7297.


Shelter manager