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Ferocity from the sea, part 1

Sandy was no fluke; we need serious plans to meet future storms

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So it happened — that inevitable wayward superstorm, straying just a bit too far north, fueled by a warmer ocean and unhinged climate patterns. It found New York City, and now it’s time for our public officials in Albany and Washington to get ready for the next one. Hurricane Sandy was neither the first nor last hurricane to strike the Northeast, nor is this the beginning or the end of the debate on climate change. ...


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manjoe
November 11, 2012
7:38 a.m.

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Total nonsense on all counts!

myshortpencil
November 11, 2012
9:21 a.m.

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We built near oceans and rivers during a relatively cool period in our climate history. The waters were no where near their peak levels. Whether or not the planet is warming now due to man is irrelevant. It is almost certain to warm again for reasons having nothing to do with man, and that means at some point in our future, oceans, lakes and rivers will be a lot higher. The only rational response is to begin a retreat from the waterfront with the assumption that oceans will be 20 to 100 feet higher sometime during the next several hundred years.

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