Hurricane Sandy: An SOS to the world

Sting’s exquisite performance of “Message in a Bottle” hit just the right note for the Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together concert this past Friday.

Sandy, which savaged New Jersey, New York City and many points beyond with an estimated $20 billion in property damage from flooding, wind and rain could certainly be seen as an SOS to the world. More pointedly, it’s an urgent telegram to the U.S., where climate action has been hijacked by the world’s biggest hive of climate deniers, who’d like to either ignore climate change or wiggle away by labeling it “natural” and inescapable.

Scientists predicted Hurricane Sandy (they just didn’t know her name)

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.