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Forum September 2004 The "Global Warning"package generatedan overwhelming number of passionateresponses. Two other storieson the environment over the pastyear, "The End of Cheap Oil" and "Case of theMissing Carbon,"also inspiredreadersto write. Many were gratefulfor our extensive coverage of global warming. Others were outragedby the "GlobalWarning" stories,believing them to be politicalratherthan scientific. Global Warning Congratulations on your recent issue devoted to global warming. The quality of your discussion of this critical subject was superb. The world has moved beyond a debate about whether action to reduce the threat of global warming is required and now thirsts for knowledge about the nature of this problem and how best to address it. This NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC delivers on both counts. True to your tra dition, this issue and others like it will be valued by all Ameri cans, regardless of age, political persuasion, or level of knowl edge, for years to come. STEWART HUDSON Meriden, Connecticut Please don't do politics. Of course it's getting warmer, but when the Earth cools again and it will-you'll look very FOR MORE INFORMATION Toget NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC please call 1-800 -NGS-LINE (1-800-647-5463). Hearing-impaired TDD users may call 1-800 -548-9797. The magazine's website: nationalgeo graphic.com/magazine For an online index of all National Geographic publications, go to: nationalgeographic.com/publicatons foolish blaming that on man too. MARK BENNETT Bellingham, Washington Most readers, including educa tors, need the scientific clarity you brought to the subject of climate change. I am fearful that we live in an environment where some treat science as though it is politics. There are not two sides to science. Rather science is about understanding what is happening and why. JANET K. POLEY Lincoln, Nebraska While I applaud your efforts, I can't help thinking that you are preaching to the converted. Surely, only governments can hope to slow or halt this head long rush to Armageddon by working together. I would like to see copies of your September issue sent to every world leader, every UN representative, every congressman, and all captains of industry (particularly the major polluters) with a simple question appended: What are you going to do about it? FRANK HOLLOWAY Biggleswade, Bedfordshire Global warming is a symptom, not a cause. Attempting to curb NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC * JANUARY 2005 NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY "Forthe increase and diffusion of geographic knowledge." The National Geographic Society is chartered in Washington, D.C., as a nonprofit scientific and educational organization. Since 1888 the Society has supported more than 7,500 explorations and research projects, adding to knowledge of earth, sea, and sky. JOHN M. FAHEY, JR., PresidentandCEO Executive Vice Presidents TERRENCE B. ADAMSON LINDA BERKELEY, President, Enterprises TERRY D. GARCIA, Mission Programs JOHN Q. 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