At the end of a U.S. election campaign that has ignored climate change and global warming, Mother Nature has weighed in with a persuasive argument.
Sandy's wake-up call couldn't have been any more loud or clear. (note - the link to the Huffington Post article is not working at time of posting due to power outages effecting the site's operations)
Numerous cities and towns along the U.S. eastern seaboard have experienced flooding and damage on a scale never seen before.
Despite tragic loss of life and billions of dollars worth of damage that has already occurred, it seems that we may have dodged a bullet to some extent. If the water had been one foot higher, or the winds a little stronger, no telling how much worse it could have been.
Unfortunately, the latter scenario is exactly where we're headed.
Worldwide temperatures are on the increase. The sea level is rising. Extreme weather events are becoming larger, more frequent and more extreme.
Katrina was a once-in-a-lifetime event. Sandy, another once-in-a-lifetime event. How many lives do we get?
This year, the Arctic ice cap melted down to 20-30% less than the previous record low level, which had been set in 2007.
The increasing pace of melting ice packs and rising sea levels, combined with higher global temperatures, can only mean more severe and more frequent weather events in the near future.
Sandy is telling us that measures to reduce co2 emissions are desperately needed.