Letter: Action needed now on climate

GEOFFREY Lean's article on climate change 'It's still getting hotter' (25 September) comes after findings reported at the Oceanology International '94 conference that the Arctic's Odden Feature is no longer acting as an effective 'sink' for carbon dioxide: in 1984 carbon dioxide was sinking 4,000 metres to the sea bed but in 1993 only reaching 1,000 metres, far short of the depth needed to lock it away.

Action seems more urgent than research. As Professor James Lovelock has said, once the Victorians discovered that bad drainage caused cholera and typhoid, they did not pour funds into microbiology and wait for proof. They installed efficient sewerage systems.

Ronald Eyres

London NW5