SANDY’S GAUNTLET TO DENIERS - ITS GLOBAL WARMING STUPID
Until 29th October 2012 the flooding of New York was just an environmentalist ‘s illustration of the feared consequences of global warming – a vision mocked as scaremongering by sceptics and deniers of such preposterous ideas.
The Hurricane Sandy hit Haiti, killing 54 people and driving hundreds of thousand out of their homes, flooded the land and devastated crops – and went on to attack the Eastern seaboard of America, killing at least 90 more people in the region, flooding New Jersey and bringing New York to a standstill, flooding the subway and streets, cutting the power, and making millions flee their homes or be stranded, and causing billions of dollars of damage to property and infrastructure from flooding, storm, force winds, electrical fires, falling buildings and trees.. Estimated total financial cost $500 billion plus business losses.
The global warming deniers may still believe this to be a one off phenomenon, but they cannot deny that average temperature has increased causing the ocean waters to expand, causing the oceans to rise – about eight inches in the last century, increasing at about a extra foot a century from melting land ice.
Though the New York Times reports that, though scientist have stopped short of attributing Sandy to global warming, they do say that ‘the resulting storm surge along the Atlantic coast was almost certainly intensified by decades of sea-level rise linked to human emissions of greenhouse gases. They emphasize that Hurricane Sandy, whatever its causes, should be seen as a foretaste of trouble to come as the seas rise faster, the risks of climate change accumulate and the political system fails to respond.
The record of rising temperature of the oceans – the western Atlantic is 5°F higher than normal this year - presumably providing the energy to drive Sandy.
The challenge to the deniers is, do they want to ignore this example of consequences of global warming, and keep on drilling for oil and gas to make good falling supplies?