Special 1-Hour Report on Hurricane Sandy, Ties of Climate Change to Megastorms
Democracy Now has done a few interviews on the links between Sandy and climate change:
The first segment is an interview with Bill McKibben, co-founder and director of 350.org and Greg Jones, climate scientist and professor of environmental studies at Southern Oregon University. McKibben argues that global warming and climate change is the cause of storms like Sandy which are of an "unprecedented magnitude." The danger that storms such as Sandy pose make environmental issues even more important, yet for the first time since 1984, climate change was not addressed in a presidential debate. As of now, hundreds of thousands of people have been evacuated and the storm has the potential to impact millions more. "This thing is stitched together from elements natural and unnatural" McKibben says. "It seems poised to cause real havoc." Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/29/bill_mckibben_on_hurricane_sandy_and
In the next segment, Greg Jones and Jeff Masters, director of meteorology at the Weather Underground discussed the science behind Hurricane Sandy's strength. It is now being called a "Frankenstorm," as it is a hybrid created by an Arctic jet stream from the north wrapping itself around a tropical storm from the south. Masters says that it is an outgrowth of the extreme weather changes caused by global warming as the oceans warm and the hurricane season gets longer. Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/29/frankenstorm_meteorologist_warns_...
The third segment discussed the potential problems that Hurricane Sandy could cause should it impact any of the 16 nuclear reactors that are in it's path. Thus far there are no reports of reactors shutting down despite operating under licenses that require them to do so if weather conditions are too severe. We spoke with Arnie Gundersen, former nuclear industry senior vice president who provides independent testimony on nuclear and radiation issues to the NRC. Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/29/nuclear_plants_from_virginia_to_v...
Finally, we looked at the trail of destruction that Hurricane Sandy has left in the Caribbean. 51 deaths have been reported in Haiti, and there are fears that heavy flooding may increase cases of water-borne diseases in the country that is still suffering from the damage caused by Tropical Storm Isaac in August. Watch: http://www.democracynow.org/2012/10/29/hurricane_sandy_kills_51_in_haiti
Bill McKibben on Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change: "If There Was Ever A Wake-up Call, This Is It"
Frankenstorm: Meteorologist Warns Hurricane Sandy an Outgrowth of Global Warming's Extreme Weather
Nuclear Plants from Virginia to Vermont Could Be Impacted from Massive Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy Kills 51 in Haiti, Leaving Behind Fears of Disease Outbreak and Growing Toll
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