None dare call it climate change. OK, that’s not true. A lot of us are calling it climate change.
The scale of Sandy was … almost impossible to imagine: WaPo’s Capital Weather Gang is calling this a “500-to-1,000 year precipation event for some parts of the Mid-Atlantic”. Is this an unusual event? Ya think?
The exacerbating effect of climate is obvious in a lot of ways, as Chris Mooney outlines here:
1. More moisture in the air means more rain:
Explains meteorologist Greg Holland of the National Center for Atmospheric Research: “I have no equivocation in saying that all heavy rainfall events, including this one, have an element of climate change in them, and the level of that contribution will increase in the future.”
2. Sea levels are higher, at least partly because the arctic ice cap is melting. That means that a surge is higher, as NYC is suffering today.
And on and on. Check out Mooney’s article, which quotes MIT Professor Kerry Emmanuel.
This is not some boutique issue. This ain’t hugging trees and spotted owls. This is about whether you can get your work done; whether you can grow food or afford to buy it; whether it’s safe to live anywhere near the water, including in our biggest cities; whether large groups of people are going to have their land, food and water taken away from them, slowly or catastrophically.
People should talk about it. All the time. That means you, Mr./Ms. Reporter, getting your political fix reading this. That means you in the State House. That means you, Ms. Warren and Sen. Brown. If you’re not thinking and talking about this issue — wondering how to prepare for the immediate effects while mitigating the long-term consequences — you are betraying our interests, and that of our children and grandchildren. It’s that simple.
We’ve spent $4+ trillion fighting terror. And yet we refuse to defend ourselves against the clear and present danger of climate change.
We’ve got to be better ancestors than this.