In the News(from CNN): “Superstorm Sandy was no freak, say experts, but rather a hint of a coming era when millions of Americans will struggle to survive killer weather.
“They’re telling us we shouldn’t be surprised that this 900-mile-wide monster marched up the East Coast this week paralyzing cities and claiming scores of lives.
“’It’s a foretaste of things to come,’ Princeton University professor Michael Oppenheimer told CNN. ‘Bigger storms and higher sea levels’ will pile on to create a ‘growing threat’ in the coming decades. …
“The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change predicted in 2007 that the global average sea level would rise between 7 and 23 inches by the end of this century. More recent projections suggest that the melting of Arctic sea ice could mean a rise in excess of 30 inches. The New York State Sea Level Rise Task Force translated that into a local projection of 2 to 5 inches by the 2020s, and with rapid ice melt, the rise could be as much as 5 to 10 inches over the next 15 years. …
“The conclusion of Oppenheimer and his colleagues is that storms will become larger and more powerful.
“’Climate change will probably increase storm intensity and size simultaneously, resulting in a significant intensification of storm surges,’ they wrote. Sandy’s diameter measured much larger than most storms.”
My Comment: Nature will “chastise” us as naughty children until we become smarter, until we come to our senses and realize that this is not a game of ecology, but a lack of balance with nature at the level of “human” —the likeness to it in our mutual love and unity. When will we see the example of this from our “rulers?” But without this, their work, even if initially it was done not for themselves but for the good of society, will be only to the detriment of everyone!