As you sit at home wondering whether the apple tree outside will soon fall on your car and consider the benefits of starting a really, really long movie for your kids right now, think on this: Hurricane Sandy may be the beginning of a new normal of extreme weather. Perhaps not “normal” really, but at least the kind of record-breaking, life-threatening, all-hands-on-deck event that climate change experts have been warning us about. Here’s Tom Zeller Jr. writing in the Huffington Post:
Today, another multibillion-dollar weather disaster — the very sort that scientists have been predicting for years would increase in frequency and intensity as the planet heats up — is now bearing down on the American East Coast. Roads and subways and homes will flood and lives might well be lost (the death toll in the Caribbean already is as high as 65). Property damages from wind and storm surges could break records. And as many as 10 million people will likely lose power once Hurricane Sandy comes ashore somewhere along the New Jersey coast later tonight.
The irony of Sandy’s timing — just 8 days before the election — given the candidates’ outrageous silence on the issue of climate change, hasn’t escaped folks who have been screaming for some time that we’re dithering while the planet heats up. Continue reading