Letters, Saturday, January 29th, 2011

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The dangers of global warming

WE refer to the letter by L. Blythlyn (January 19) who thinks global warming is a myth.

A rise in global temperature has been measured and is accepted as fact by the vast majority of scientists.

It is a fact that the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere at a rate greater than the Earth can remove by natural cycles has caused this rise.

A global effort is required to reduce carbon emissions to a level where the Earth’s natural cycles can achieve equilibrium.

As for scientists in the 60s predicting an ice age – where did you get your information? This may have been a theory of a small group, but was by no means the view of the majority.

However, it is known that periods of warming in the Earth’s history are followed by periods of rapid cooling – so they may have been ahead of schedule in predicting an ice age, but not entirely incorrect.

Melting of ice does occur in the summer, and more of it melts than is replaced in the winter. Continued rising global temperature will eventually lead to a loss of all ice at the polar caps.

Ice reflects solar radiation, whereas ocean water absorbs it being darker in colour. The loss of ice and increase in ocean water causes a more rapid absorption of solar energy by the Earth, accelerating the warming.

This is the threat we face, and it is not a threat to the Earth, it is a threat to our way of life and our species, which is not prepared for the changes that will occur as a result of global warming. If you require proof of this, we call your attention to New Orleans, Australia, Pakistan, Brazil and even right here in the UK. In all of these places recent extreme weather has caused destruction, death and disease.

Global warming refers to climate and not weather.

We do hope, however, that we can take a global approach to repairing a potential disaster before it is too late.

Sunderland Green Party

Thanks for honesty

I WOULD like to express my sincere gratitude to whoever it was that handed in my wallet at the Sunderland City Centre Metro station.

It contained one week’s wages and my bank cards etc. It dropped out of my pocket on January 20 at about 8.30am and I only realised it was missing after leaving Sunderland with my son a few hours later.

As I was outside Sunderland, I contacted my wife and she went straight to the station, and inquired at the station manager’s office.

Not expecting to get it back, she was very surprised when the station manager handed it to her and explained the person left no details.

My life, so far, has consisted mainly of “downs” as opposed to “ups”, but when events like this happen, it really does give people like myself a little bit more faith in humanity.

So, to the person who raised my spirits, thank you so much. I am more happy about your actions then I am about getting my wallet back.

Well done, and again, sincere thanks.

Craig Chapman, Hendon, Sunderland

Political bores

HOW I long for the letters editor to remind correspondents to be concise with their letters.If you can’t get your point over in 250 words you are rambling in many people’s book.

The reason I raise this issue is because of late we don’t have letters but political dictates.

The St Chad’s councillors are painful with their frequent verbiage but certainly not the only offenders.

Another point is this silly debating in the letters column. The usual culprits are known to readers. After the reply to the reply, few other than the correspondents know the point.

Let’s get back to readers’ views, opinions and ideas and end the hijacking of the column by political hacks who are only interested in rewriting history and in the process getting a kick in seeing their diatribe in print.

I look forward to the editor making that only too rare statement: “Correspondence between these writers is closed”.

The Citizen

Supermarket call

THE Sunderland Echo (January 22) asks what we think would make for great Sunderland TV viewing.

What I’d like to see on the news is a new supermarket in Park Lane. The people of this city have asked for one since Kwik Save closed down a considerable number of years ago.

Other areas have a supermarket situated near the bus station. It makes sense.

Some supermarkets not only sell food but clothes and household goods. The weight of these commodities adds up and some shoppers can’t carry things too far.

We need more choice in the city centre. A supermarket at this location could sell fruit and vegetables where there is enough space to move around, without female staff in one street swearing like troopers, or barrows where they don’t like you to pick your own produce (you would only pick the best and freshest and some of them don’t like that).

It would also be competition for Tesco, which has inundated the country with their stores.

We will have more supermarkets in Roker than the city centre.

It could only happen in Sunderland!

A conveniently placed supermarket such as this would benefit a lot of people, be useful to visitors and be the best thing that has happened to Sunderland in a long time.

Come on – let’s see it on Sunderland television.

Still hoping, Sunderland