Bloomberg Businessweek’s cover story this week takes a direct approach to linking Hurricane Sandy and climate change.
As the storm approached the East Coast on Monday, many media outlets considered the link between the hurricane and climate change vital to its coverage. While the connection was broached on social media sites like Twitter, the discussion did not get noticeable attention on cable new networks that were continuously covering the storm.
Bloomberg Businessweek, however, made the connection loud and clear with its cover story. Above a photo of a flooded, powerless city street, the headline “IT’S GLOBAL WARMING, STUPID” appears in bold, underlined text.
Bloomberg Businessweek editor Josh Tyrangiel tweeted, “Our cover story this week may generate controversy, but only among the stupid.”
I have children who reside all along the eastern border of the United States: FL, MD and NYC, so my concern about Sandy’s path, size and strength gives me cause to worry, as any mother would. I’ll be in touch with everyone for the next few days.
From the reports on TV and in the news, this storm or super-cell is no joke.
Hurricane Sandy bore down on the Eastern Seaboard’s largest cities Monday, forcing the shutdown of mass transit, schools and financial markets, sending coastal residents fleeing, and threatening a dangerous mix of high winds, soaking rain and a surging wall of water up to 11 feet tall.
Sandy strengthened before dawn and stayed on a predicted path toward Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia and New York – putting it on a collision course with two other weather systems that would create a superstorm with the potential for havoc over 800 miles from the East Coast to the Great Lakes. About 2 to 3 feet of snow were even forecast for mountainous parts of West Virginia.
The super storm has left between 20 and 30 percent of Cuba’s coffee crop scattered, a potentially devastating loss for the country’s economy. Reuters estimates coffee production dropping to its lowest point in a century despite President Raul Castro’s efforts to improve Cuban food production and to decrease reliance on imports. More here.
Vern Gillmore, 80, isn’t just sending money or supplies to help those affected by the Hurricane Sandy megastorm — he’s delivering himself. The Utah man was deployed Monday as part of the Red Cross’ nationwide initiative to help a small portion of some 50 million people who could be affected by the storm.
Far Rockaway, New York — The southernmost of the two bridges linking this thin peninsula to the rest of New York City remains open, but high winds and flooding are making crossing the bridge an increasingly hazardous undertaking.
For now, the wind is coming in short bursts, rattling cars but not pushing them. The real threat is the water spilling over from an angry and roiling Jamaica Bay. This reporter watched as a New York City Department of Transportation car briefly hydroplaned on the main north/south thoroughfare, Beach Channel Drive. The car drifted like a canoe into another lane before its wheels found purchase again.
This reporter, also driving on the road, then followed the city car as it retreated back over the bridge to the relative safety of Brooklyn.
Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann told voters in Florida Sunday that Hurricane Irene and the recent East Coast earthquake were just God’s way of telling politicians to reign in government spending.
“I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians,” Bachmann said during the speech in Sarasota.
“We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right now. They know government is on a morbid obesity diet and we’ve got to rein in the spending.”
Glenn Beck called Hurricane Irene a “blessing” on his Friday radio show, saying it would teach people to be prepared for disasters.
As the hurricane barreled towards the East Coast, Beck said that it would be a valuable lesson for people who have not heeded his warnings. He said he has long told his followers to stock up in case of “global disruption in food.” He said that, even though people had mocked him for it, disaster preparedness was key to him.
“If you’ve waited [until now], this hurricane is a blessing,” he said. “It is God reminding you, as was the earthquake last week…you’re not in control.”