The Sandy Blog

Happy Friday Blog Readers,

I hope all of you in the northeast or your family and friends in the northeast were spared the worst of Hurricane Sandy and her destructive wrath. Superstorms of this nature are apparently rare this time of year as by most accounts, hurricane season has wound down by now. The rarity of this situation might lead some to conclude that Hurricane Sandy’s impact has a direct connection to climate change. At this point, I have found that most climate scientists are hesitant to make this connection. So while the jury is still out on this, I believe that the publicity that climate change is receiving in this light is a positive, regardless of whether or not it played any direct role in the events that occurred on the eastern seaboard.

As this fantastic article from Project-Syndicate points out, the long term prognosis on climate change is something we should take quite seriously, and something that definitely needs to be addressed now because its impact is happening now. Like I noted above, scientists don’t have much evidence to suggest that Sandy is a result of climate change, but some of the serious flooding most certainly can be linked to climate change. Take for instance the rise of sea levels on the east coast; those sea levels are rising at a rate 4x the global average. I’m sure if man-made climate change weren’t happening, the flooding in New York’s subways wouldn’t be quite the unprecedented mess that it has been this week. 

Bottom line: Putting climate change back in the spotlight is giving scientists a great opportunity to demonstrate the threats that rising sea levels and rising water temperatures will mean for our future and our children’s future, regardless of the link that may or may not exist between Sandy and climate change. It’s time to stop dithering and to look past excuses and start focusing on ways to slow down carbon emissions.

On a lighter note, we just drew the winners for the contest of 6 hours of free wedding transportation from the Committed Wedding Event we recently attended; the winners are Leann Dunlap and James Tristan! They will be getting married on June 26th of 2013, and we’re so excited to be working with them on their big day! Congrats!

Have a safe weekend and stay dry.

-Mark

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