And Boston's Susan Anderson comments at NYT after the article and her comment was listed as an editor's pick. BRAVO, SUSAN!:
Gail Collins brings her unique light sense of humor to this as usual,but unusually fails to lighten this dangerously dark and evil tendencyto ignore reality as we all go down the drain.
Just for the record, we are accumulating heat-trapping greenhousegases (global warming) at an unprecedented rate. This is increasingthe amount of energy in the system, and operating like a blanket inwarming the overall temperature of the planet. Unfortunately, amongother things this is warming the Arctic at a rapid rate (on average,the "recovery" in 2013-14 following the shocking melt of 2012 matchesthe two years after the shock of 2007 (exceeded by 2012)). This islikely breaking up the Arctic circulation and causing these polarincursions that make people think it's not warming.
Unfortunately the endgame on this is the opposite of simple-mindedreaction to short-term appearances, as heat goes north. But ourinability to grasp the concept of long-term change when faced with thetemperature in our backyard is dangerously ignorant, and will haveconsequences.
Actions do have consequences, and this is a corker. The sixthextinction is well under way, and we would do well to take actioninstead of prevaricating and procrastinating.