During the endless news cycle of the election year, climate change appeared to be an afterthought in the American consciousness. The issue has been conspicuously absent in the run-up to the presidential election; it wasn’t so much as discussed during four broad-ranging televised debates. But with large portions of the Mid-Atlantic region underwater and without power, Hurricane Sandy is bringing climate change back into the public discourse. Of course, we can’t blame Sandy directly on climate change any more than we can cite global warming as the cause of any other single extreme weather event. But as ocean temperatures rise and hurricanes impact the Eastern Seaboard, we’re seeing an undeniable increase in the frequency and severity of devastating storms.
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