Living in Lower Manhattan–near sea level and near the water’s edge–I was in the evacuation zone for Hurricanes Sandy and Irene. Both times I followed the evacuation orders and both times my neighborhood escaped serious damage. Thank goodness!
I only feel for the unfortunate people in areas that didn’t fare as well.
Was climate change behind Sandy? That’s hard to know for certain, but scientists say climate change contributed to the storm’s destructiveness.
New York’s Governor Cuomo is more definitive:
Extreme weather is the new normal. In the past two years, we have had two storms, each with the odds of a 100-year occurrence. Debating why does not lead to solutions — it leads to gridlock. The denial and deliberation from extremists on both sides about the causes of climate change are distracting us from addressing its inarguable effects. Recent events demand that we get serious once and for all.
So, in the midst of the disaster, there is this one good thing–that people are finally taking climate change seriously.
There is also a sudden flurry of proposals for protecting New York City from the consequences:
I’m all for them, as long as we also start focusing on ways to address the root problem: reining climate change in.