Will the greenhouse effect bring storm floods to New York harbor? Bloomberg and Cuomo blame Hurricane Sandy for climate change
- Governor Cuomo makes an unprecedented suggestion of a possible dike being built for the city
- Despite a chorus of support for linking climate change, some experts deny that there is sufficient evidence to blame global warming for the storm
Hurricane Sandy may seem uniquely harmful to those who have come its way, but some have suggested that global warming could bring more destructive storms to the US in the coming years.
New York governor Andrew Cuomo and mayor Michael Bloomberg both pointed to climate change as the culprit for Sandy & # 39; s devastation when they dealt with the scale of devastation on Tuesday morning.
And Cuomo even lifted the possibility of building a dike in New York Harbor, an unprecedented step to protect the 400-year-old city.
Both Andrew Cuomo (left) and Michael Bloomberg agree that climate change is a cause of the superstorm
Many observers have pointed out that it is almost impossible to identify climate change as the cause of specific weather conditions.
In addition, the US has long been exposed to hurricanes and other damaging storms that have been just as violent as Sandy.
But the horrors of Sandy, combined with last year's destructive Hurricane Irene, have led New York's top officials to heighten the specter of global warming.
At a press conference on Tuesday in Manhattan, Cuomo said to President Obama: & # 39; we now have a 100-year flood every two years & # 39 ;.
He added: & # 39; There has been a series of extreme weather incidents. That is not a political statement. That is a factual statement.
& # 39; Anyone who says there is no dramatic change in weather patterns, I think it denies reality. & # 39;
Bloomberg agreed with the sentiment and said: & # 39; It is clear that the storms we have experienced in this country and around the world this year are much more serious than before.
& # 39; Whether global warming or what, I don't know, but we need to address those issues. & # 39;
When the governor was asked if officials were considering building a dike in the port of the city, he replied: & # 39; It's something we should think about.
& # 39; The construction of this city did not anticipate such situations. We are only a few feet above sea level. & # 39;
Since the founding of New York City in the early 17th century, the lowest point of Manhattan has been the heart of metropolitan life, despite the vulnerability to flooding from the harbor.
Al Gore predictably joined the climate change choir on Tuesday and described the hurricane as & # 39; a disturbing sign of the things to come & # 39; in a post on his blog.
& # 39; We must pay attention to this warning and act quickly to resolve the climate crisis & # 39 ;, the former vice president added.
Two possible links between the greenhouse effect and the damage caused by Sandy are the elevated sea levels making it easier to flood the coast and the warm air in the Atlantic increases the intensity of the storm.
However, many experts have denied that climate change was the cause of Hurricane Sandy – Houston Chronicle, science reporter Eric Bergen, wrote that the connection is & # 39; a piece that is just not currently supported by science & # 39 ;.
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has previously said that there is little evidence that global warming is exacerbating tropical storms and hurricanes.
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