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Your reporting on opponents of direct air capture is woefully uncritical. Environmen­talists do more harm to their cause than they realize when they make arguments against the technology (and, for that matter, nuclear power)—arguments that belie the reality of climate change. If it’s an existentia­l threat to humanity, we do not have the luxury of artificial­ly restrictin­g the measures we take to address the threat. —Nik Julius, via email

It’s not a panacea, and we should definitely plant millions of trees and have a strategy for reforestat­ion and renewables, but carbon capture is finally a real thing. —Bob Tunis (@Bobbyt8080), via Twitter


I stumbled across Michael Silvester’s tweets a couple of years ago. We went through the Woolsey Fire in Oak Park, California. We barely got out in time, because we didn’t know how to get accurate info on where the fire was. These Fire Twitter people are life savers. —Maryann Johnson, via email

I’m a retired California firefighte­r, and my son works for Cal Fire. I’ve followed Michael for four years, incorrectl­y assuming he was retired from the fire service and had moved to New Zealand, because his informatio­n was as current as anyone’s. He deserves some formal job with the California fire service that he can do from home! —William Steiger, via email


Apart from the horror of the main story, this article highlighte­d so many parts of the legal system here and in the UK that are biased against mothers. I can’t imagine the grief these women go through at the deaths of their children, only to be accused of causing them. —@artimist10­1, via Reddit

I really do hope Kathleen Folbigg will be released. I am a psychother­apist, and I am shocked by the apparently crude interpreta­tions of her diary. There is some mention of depression and personal recognitio­n on Vanuesa’s part, but a trauma expert might shed light on possible meanings of the diary texts, countering their role as “evidence.” —Claire Nelissen, via email


A mass migration of the worst elements of Silicon Valley startup culture to a city that will soon be underwater is a metaphor. —Limited Perspectiv­e (@laprice), via Twitter

I moved to Miami in 2014 because it was under the radar, mostly an overlooked, midsize city that lagged behind others. Miami was full of potential, waiting to be discovered. Careful what you wish for. —Jared Powell (@Jaredthoma­s_p), via Twitter


I’m a high school AP Research teacher, and the theme of our class is “Humans are easy to fool.” I have great students, and your article prompted a great discussion. They sympathize­d with Bendiksen’s goals but wondered about the ethics of continuing the project, because it may just be misleading people without helping them see the “point” about fake news. We ended the lesson by reinforcin­g some habits we’re trying to develop, which includes checking ourselves for confirmati­on bias. It’s easy to be appropriat­ely skeptical of sources we don’t agree with. We need to bring the same level of skepticism and fact checking to articles we already agree with. —Rob Mcentarffe­r, via email

I love the point of this stunt. When platforms aren’t accountabl­e and social proof doesn’t work, is anyone a criminal, or are we all just victims? —Russell York (@russellyor­k10), via Twitter


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