Superstorm Sandy Anniversary: ‘It’s (Still) Global Warming, Stupid’

On Oct. 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy devastated the Northeast, killing more than 100 people, destroying entire communities, and inflicting more than $70 billion in damages.

At the time, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pointed out that Sandy slammed his state just two years after it was deluged by Hurricane Irene, ”We have a one-hundred year flood every two years now.” In a now-famous cover story, “It’s Global Warming, Stupid,” Bloomberg Businessweek explained many of the links between Sandy’s unique level of devastation and global warming.

Over the last two years, our ever-strengthening understanding of human-caused global warming has confirmed these links. Also, the science is now clear that, absent aggressive action to slash carbon pollution, warming-driven sea level rise will make Sandy-level storm surges the norm on the East Coast in the coming decades.

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