National Geographic : 2005 Dec
FORUM Ireturned from conducting building damage inspections following Hurricane Dennis to appreciate your August article on the 2004 hurricanes. The timeliness has been made even more apparent by Hurricane Katrina. The world doesn't merely have a future beyond oil, but a very bright future indeed. Renewable energy sources have the potential to supersede fossil fuels as the energy king, ensuring both a clean environment and an unlimited supply of energy. At 15, I'm confident that I'll see that won derful switch occur during my lifetime, and I draw hope from that prospect. NOAH KOLOGE Newburyport,Massachusetts Brazil's Wild Wet I recently came back from the Pantanal, where I was working as a teacher fellow on a conser vation and geography research expedition sponsored by Earth watch Institute and National Geographic. I wanted to com mend Susan McGrath and Joel Sartore for capturing the true image and culture of the magical place. This article painted a vivid picture in my mind, as if I had never left the Pantanal. NOEL SMITH Salem, New Jersey Hurricane Warning I returned from conducting building damage inspections following Hurricane Dennis to appreciate your August article on the 2004 hurricanes. The timeli ness has been made even more apparent by Hurricane Katrina. SPENCER ROGERS Wilmington, North Carolina In addition to this issue'sarticle on aid efforts in the Gulfstates, learn more aboutHurricane Katrinain our specialissue now on newsstands,and at ngm.com /katrina, with links to past articles,relief agencies, and an onlineforum. China's Fossil Marvels I've helped NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC fact-checkers in the past, so I know how obsessive they can be about catching errors. But one slipped through. The "bee" with the long proboscis on page 90 is actually a fly (family Nemestrinidae) and the earliest Remembe ruela 02005 Merck & Co., Inc. All rights reserved Remember measles?