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February 19, 2013 at 4:00 PM

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Meteor injures more than 1,200 in Russia

Climate change is the more present danger

The spectacular videos of the meteor crashing into a Russian area has, with the overzealous media, created a widespread concern that space matter might very well obliterate civilization, indeed, possibly destroy the entire world [“Meteor was cosmic close call,” page one, Feb. 16].

As scientists have explained, the possibilities of such calamities are so remote as to be of no or little consequence.

More directly, however, there is a the very real and present danger, the danger that can and will change dramatically civilizations and/or their very existence or way of life.

It is known as global warming or climate change; based upon real science and reality just as the discovery and explanation of the asteroids with their much lessened danger.

--Thomas L. Westman, Seattle

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