The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert argues that while it is impossible to determine if Sandy is the result of climate change, it is definitely fits the "general pattern in North America, and indeed around the world, toward more extreme weather, a pattern that, increasingly, can be attributed to climate change."
Meanwhile, with Sandy looking like "what climate scientists have been warning about for years," David Rothkopf is hopeful that it may finally force presidential runners to discuss climate change.
Sandy will do more to draw attention to issues of climate change than all the candidates running for every office in the United States during this election cycle have done. While it's impossible to attribute her size or impact to man-made origins, it is also impossible not to wonder whether the recent frequency of large storms is related to the growing oceans of data about the reality of global warming. Sandy looks like what climate scientists have been warning about for years.
Remember Hurricane Katrina? She may or may not have been triggered by man-made climate change. But she certainly forced climate back into the national discussion for an extended period. Sandy will do likewise. Certainly, given the sad virtual silence about the issue from our presidential contenders -- which amounts to nothing less than a planet-wide risk of the first order -- Sandy's intervention in this regard is welcome, if hugely and tragically costly.
|Barack Obama: the Moderate Republican President|
|How Legislation is Made and Then Broken Apart in Washington|
|52% of Americans Have No Idea What's Going on in #Egypt|
|It wasn't supposed to be this way.|
|American Police scared of blinking LEDs|
|“Human and animal cells can be 3D printed into high-resolution tissue.”|
|“This conversation about how technology is hijacking people is really catching on.”|
|Japanese Create Ice Cream That Does Not Melt|
|Making a Movie Inside a Video Game|
|“Our Internet handlers, not government, are using operant conditioning to modify our behaviour today.”|
|“That science fiction future where robots can do what people and animals do may be closer than you think.”|
|“Nobody is forcing the participants to stay, of course, but if they leave, they won’t be paid.”|
|“During this phase of decline, the US was likely to go through a phase of reactionary 'fascism'.”|
|“We’re going to start to see chip implants get the same realm of acceptance as piercings and tattoos.”|
|“The shift from fuel and pistons to batteries and electric motors is unlikely to take that long.”|
|Google Map Shows You the Most Photographed Areas of the World|
|“Eliminating the time needed to stop and re-charge a conventional electric car’s battery.”|