Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is hovering at a landmark 400 parts per million, a level never before experienced by human beings. Scientists say we’re playing with fire, risking the planet’s future if we don’t start to lower the greenhouse gas levels forcing climate change. How should we react to this news? First, we need to envision climate change more accurately, as a deadly threat.
While climate change doesn’t cause hurricanes, Hurricane Sandy seems to have provided a near textbook demonstration of how global warming can worsen them.
Here are a few excerpted remarks from scientists explaining how that works.
If you don’t hear the words “climate change” in the dialogue about Hurricane Sandy just yet, wait for it. Today, people in the storm’s path are either bracing for the Monday evening surge or busy evacuating to higher ground.
But tomorrow expect to hear “climate change” invoked in Sandy’s aftermath, because this Frankenstorm is exactly what scientists have been warning about for many years.
OK skeptics, yes, hurricanes happen. But this one has been supercharged by warming oceans and will come ashore with an assist from rising ocean levels.