Climate change and superstorm Sandy: Perfect together
This disaster is an environmental wake up call.
New Jersey's shore is obliterated. Large patches of New York City remain without power. But the real headline about Hurricane Sandy may be about climate change.
One of the reasons why Sandy's impact was so devastating in New Jersey, New York City and other areas of the Eastern Seaboard is because man-made pollutants are changing the earth's climate for the worse. For instance, the oceans are roughly 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than they were a few decades ago. Though that doesn't seem that impressive, that is actually a huge change with far-reaching consequences given that 70% of the earth's surface is ocean.
"They are warmer even down to the deepest depths," said Brenda Ekwurzel, a scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists, in an interview with MSN. "Oceans are bearing the brunt of climate change."
Warm ocean temperatures acts like an energy drink on hurricanes, giving them more power to cause even more destruction than they would have otherwise.
Another reason why Sandy packed such a brutal punch was because the levels of the world's oceans are rising. The area from the Gulf of Mexico to the U.S East Coast and Canada's Maritime Provinces is rising 4 times faster than the rest of the world, making the area more vulnerable to flooding in the event of serious weather events, according to Ekwurzel. Water levels around New York City are nearly a foot higher than they were a century ago.
Scientists are unsure whether climate change causes more severe weather events, but does that really matter if the storms that do occur are as devastating as Sandy or worse?. Sadly, the presidential candidates have had little to say about climate change. This is an issue that people can no longer ignore.
"The deniers will keep denying—even with the evidence in hand—after all their position is based in politics which as we've seen this year, often have loose footing in fact," writes Adrianna Quintero on the blog of the Natural Resources Defense Council. " For the rest of us who want to evolve beyond fossil fuels, dirty air and fear of the next superstorm, drought, or freakish unprecedented extreme weather event, we don’t need more proof, we need action."
Devastating hurricanes and draughts are the new new normal thanks to climate change. Let's hope than Sandy is a wake-up call that is not ignored.
--Follow Jonathan Berr on Twitter@jdberr
Global warming and climate change are undeniable, AND the evidence points to man made pollution exacerbating the problem.
There is such a thing as climate change on the earth. It has happened before, it will happen again. Calling it "man made" is the issue. I, personally , do not believe it is "man made". We have had something like 5 ice ages on earth. I do not think there were any cars during any of them. We know that the oceans have been at many levels during the worlds history. I don't think fossil fuels were the issue then. I believe getting"research funding" has more to do with "scientific opinions" than anything else. Give us data about the earths orbit around the sun, the varying wobble of the earth, solar activity,etc. There is a more complete picture out there.
It does not mean we should not be good stewards of the earth, but maybe we need more and honest data not influenced by "funding".
Climate change may or may not be producing stonger storms, may or may not exist at all and may or may not be the product of pollution. HOWEVER, we will never know from this writer (who should be restricted from comment on the issue because of his activist position).
The clue is that the variation in the rise of the ocean level CANNOT be a product of climate change, logically. The writer's inclusion of this as caused by climate change shows their stance beyond reason or fact and all they write on the subject should be discredited. What a shame his over zealous stance gives the "deniers" more ammunition, we need open-minded reporting (I won't hold my breath).
"Scientists are unsure whether climate change causes more severe weather events, but does that really matter if the storms that do occur are as devastating as Sandy or worse?"
This is the dumbest thing I have read today.
PS, please send money to Al Gore. He needs $ for jet fuel.
But now that the oily billionaire Koch brothers are backing Mitt, he has to flip-flop on that stance.
Cap and tradeAs governor of Massachusetts, Romney supported a carbon-trading pact among Northeastern states that, like his health care bill, served as a potential model for a national version. Romney even said of the plan, “I am convinced it is good for business.”
Of course, in typical Romney style, he's flip-flopped on that stance.
CLINTON ACTUALLY SAID TODAY IF THEY HAD LET OBAMA PUSH MORE OF HIS GREEN AGENDA
THAN THESE HURRICANES WOULDN'T BE HAPPENING! HE HAS LOST HIS MIND! EVEN IF GLOBAL
WARMING WAS TRUE WHICH IT IS NOT HOW WOULD HE HAVE DONE THAT? WITH THE CHEVY VOLT?
WINDMILLS? SOLAR PANELS? STIMULUS TO SOYLANDRA AND OTHER GREEN COMPANIES?
I HOPE MOST PEOPLE ARE WAKING UP HOW ARROGANT AND RETARDED THE LIBERAL LEFT REALLY ARE?
WATCH THE PMSNBC COMEDY CHANNEL AND WATCH THESE LEFT WING KOOKS SPEW THEIR HATE OF AMERICA!
The earths climate is ALWAYS changing. What a stupid story - unless you're an ignorant "man - caused" environmental climate change fool.
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