Question of the day: What is the relationship between the so-called "Frankenstorm" and anthropogenic (human-driven) climate change? Hint: This is not a question that can be answered in 140 characters.
Attributing a single extreme weather event such as a sub-tropical cyclone called Sandy to the human-driven shift in global climate (or, what Andrew Revkin calls "the overall experiment we're conducting on the planet's atmosphere") is, for now, impossible.
But to report on this storm in isolation, without regard for the climatic context in which it is situated, would be to paint an incomplete picture of a reality that affects us all.
Here are six articles by journalists and scientists who have successfully risen to the significant challenge of situating Sandy in its Frankencontext.
- “Frankenstorm: Has Climate Change Created a Monster?” by Adam Frank, for NPR’s Cosmos and Culture
- “The #Frankenstorm in Climate Context” by Andrew Revkin for The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog
- “Can We Link Hurricane Sandy to Climate Change?” by Joseph Stromberg for Smithsonian Magazine’s Surprising Science Blog
- “Superstorm Sandy’s Climate Change Connection,” by Susie Cagle for Grist
- “Yes, Hurricane Sandy Is a Good Reason to Worry About Climate Change,” by Brad Plumer for the Washington Post’s Wonkblog
- “Watching Sandy, Ignoring Climate Change,” by Elizabeth Kolbert for the New Yorker’s News Desk