Environment & Energy | July 5, 1983
Published Letter to Los Angeles Times
For years many scientists have been warning that
the massive amounts of carbon dioxide put into the air by our
extensive burning of fossil fuels has been exaggerating the
"greenhouse effect" (in which atmospheric carbon dioxide,
water vapor, and ozone trap the Earth's heat that would
otherwise be radiated into space).
I wonder if this artificially thick carbon
dioxide "blanket" could somehow be in part responsible for
the unusual warming of the tropical waters of El Niņo,
which has pulled the atmosphere's jet stream southward,
pummeling the United States with unusually inclement weather.
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