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Hurricane Sandy and climate change

November 07th, 2012
in:Nature
by:Jonathan Lutes
located in:USA
tags:Barack Obama, climate-change, election, Hurricane Sandy, Mitt Romney, president, storm, USA

The hurricane that struck America’s east coast last week might have had a silver lining.

One week before the presidential election, one of the two candidates may have used the tragedy as an opportunity to address an aggravating cause of storm: climate change. Although all of the world and half of the U.S. believes that global warming – and the increasing intensity and/or frequency of major storms – is caused by humans. Yet the climate-change-denying half of the U.S. was too important to winning the election; thus, climate change was mentioned by either candidate not once during the three presidential debates this year and not once during and after last week’s storm. Thank you Op-Ed columnist Nicholas Kristof for reminding New York Times readers that there is a 99.9% chance that humans are responsible for the fact that 3 of the 10 largest floods in NYC since 1900 happened in the last 3 yearsDonate if you can.

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