Eco-Living Magazine

Sandy Should Be a Slap in the Face, but It Won’t Be

Posted on the 07 November 2012 by 2ndgreenrevolution @2ndgreenrev

Sandy Should be a Slap in the Face, but it Won’t BeHurricane Sandy appears to have brought a resurgence of interest in climate change. The massive storm that sank parts of the Jersey shore, flooded countless homes and resulting in the loss of over 100 lives is causing the public and government officials alike to question how much of Sandy’s destruction was a result of climate change. It appears to be a commonly understood fact between climate scientists and meteorologists that Sandy could have occurred even in a world without climate change, but factors related to climate change made the storm worse than it had to be.

One thing to remember when talking about extreme weather events is that there is a difference between weather and climate. Weather is what is occurring today, tomorrow, and in the near future. Thunderstorms, blizzards, and heat waves are examples of weather. Climate is defined as much more long term weather patterns that span over decades into centuries. So saying that Hurricane Sandy is proof of climate change is erroneous, but a growing trend in extreme weather certainly suggests that something is going on.

So if Sandy wasn’t caused by climate change, why are climate scientists still talking about it? Warmer oceans, and a warmer planet in general, means the atmosphere is holding more water vapor, attributing to a stronger storm. Along with this, rising sea levels and a sinking eastern coast of the United States means the storm surge traveled further inland than it would have a hundred years ago. These facts are simple, and they are not something you can debate. Sandy wasn’t caused by climate change, but it was certainly stronger and more destructive than it would have been without it.

With all the attention Sandy has brought to climate change, does this mean the start of real change and focus being put into solving the problem? I, along with many others, seriously doubt it. Neither Hurricane Katrina, devastating droughts in the past and present, nor a planet-wide concert put on by former Vice President Al Gore on July 7, 2007, successfully kept climate change in the forefront of people’s minds. A recent Gallup poll found that climate change was far down the list of American’s worries in 2012 prior to the storm, and I’d say climate change will most likely move back down the ranks relatively soon. But why is this, seeing that climate change has the potential to be one of the most dire issues of mankind’s existence?

Simply put, people have more immediate things to worry about. The commonly held view among people is that climate change is still far off and its effects won’t be felt for a long time to come. Perhaps, some may say, if we get people back to work and feed the hungry, then we will have time to address climate change. But with events like Sandy shutting down one of the largest cities in the world, and the terrible wildfires and droughts this last summer, we no longer have the luxury to believe that climate change isn’t going to directly affect us in the very near future. Perhaps after a few more catastrophic events like Sandy people will truly start to take notice.

Image URL

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Shilo Sanders- Son Of Deion Sanders Thanks Courts For Allowing Him To Live With...

    Shilo Sanders- Deion Sanders Thanks Courts Allowing Live With Pilar

    ChristianNews Shilo Sanders, the son of NFL Hall of Famer,  Deion Sanders took to twitter to “thank” the courts for allowing him to live with his mother, Pilar... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Firstladyb
  • “I Feel Great”

    Feel Great”

    Jakub went to his doctor's office believing that he had a back injury, but returned with a chocking diagnosis instead. He had type 2 diabetes - in spite of... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Dietdoctor
  • July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    July Allotment Recap (2/2)

    Sunday afternoon saw us return bravely to 24a even though there were more thundery showers foretold by the weatherman. I will admit that I guffawed at the... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Chrryblossomtat2
  • Culinary Delicacies in Croatia- What to Eat and Drink in Croatia

    Culinary Delicacies Croatia- What Drink Croatia

    In my earlier post, we spoke about how Croatia is a stunning European destination, let us now see what are the culinary delicacies in Croatia or what you can... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Kash Pals
  • #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: The Delta Putt

    #Golf Training Aids Spotlight: Delta Putt

    Do you consider yourself to be a strong putter or do you feel you could improve your make percentage on the green? Most amateurs could use help with the flat... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Golfforbeginners
  • Three Incredible Hikes in Southern Iceland3 Min Read

    Three Incredible Hikes Southern Iceland3 Read

    Nature takes center stage in Iceland, where there's a stunning view around every bend: massive glaciers, expansive lava fields, powerful waterfalls, black sand... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Healthytravelblog
  • What I Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    What Wore: Daytime Pajamas

    Pajama top: ELOQUII (14) | Pajama pants: ELOQUII (14) | Shoes: ASOS (similar) | Earrings: J. Crew ( same in different colors, similar concept in same color) |... Read more

    The 04 August 2017 by   Wardrobeoxygen