Do you think humans, through climate change,.had anything to do with "super-storm"Sandy, or was it just like storms that have hit forever?

Do you think humans, through climate change,.had anything to do with "super-storm"Sandy, or was it just like storms that have hit forever?

Bignuf Bignuf
The ancient Native American elders warned their people not to build permanent structures on what is now the Jersey Shore., They Underwood that, given enough time, big storms have always happened . Why have we forgotten?
Answers (public voting - your screen name will appear in the results):
Yes. I Believe man made climate change contributed to Sandy.
yw2 , GONE! , Ms. Paprika
3
I think nature " did it's thing" and humans had little to no input.
Supervixen , Ansley , CollegeFun2014 , padmeamidala , married with children , panthercat23 , Sammi , Deeder , Mwar , Gunsmoke , poetprincess , Allstars316 , Gluesnffr , luvslukin , dv8
15
other?
TheirPet , tortilla , Petite Valentine , potstickers , Livia Drew
5
Total votes: 23 (23 voters)
Poll is closed
11/02/2012
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Supervixen Supervixen
Hurricanes happen, just like other natural disasters. Always have and always will.
11/02/2012
TheirPet TheirPet
I think it's a combination of both natural climate change and man-made climate change.
11/02/2012
panthercat23 panthercat23
It's part of the weather... humans can't control the weather and have no input on the weather of that scale.
11/02/2012
Petite Valentine Petite Valentine
Nature does its thing and always will, but we make things worse by eradicating the natural barriers and building in known floodplains.
11/02/2012
potstickers potstickers
It's both, but you didn't make an option for that so I chose Other.
11/02/2012
Gunsmoke Gunsmoke
We look at weather through too short of a time scale. What's normal ice ages? Yes they have happened frequently in the past. Scientists say we are in an inter-glacial period - if global warming can delay the next ice age - I say bring it on!

BTW - during the last ice age New York City was under more than 1 mile of ice. I'll take some flooding every 30-50 years - thank you!
11/03/2012
poetprincess poetprincess
Quote:
Originally posted by Bignuf
The ancient Native American elders warned their people not to build permanent structures on what is now the Jersey Shore., They Underwood that, given enough time, big storms have always happened . Why have we forgotten?
Hurricanes are just mother natures way of washing the world...
11/03/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
It is just what mother nature does to us each year
11/03/2012
Ms. Paprika Ms. Paprika
I think natural disasters are naturally going to happen-certain cycles like El Nino mean bad luck for us humans on a rotating basis that we could no more change than the ocean tides. But I also think that our actions-greenhouse gas emissions, building where we shouldn't, mining natural resources and degrading the land-have intensified the weather in a way that makes things harder for us.

National Geographic recently did an article on this subject:
link

This is the concluding quote from the article, edited a bit for easier reading:
"Weather disasters are like heart attacks...When your doctor advises you about how to avoid a heart attack, he doesn’t say, Well, you need to exercise, but it’s OK to keep smoking... The smart approach to extreme weather is to attack all the risk factors, by designing crops that can survive drought, buildings that can resist floods and high winds, policies that discourage people from building in dangerous places—and of course, by cutting greenhouse gas emissions.

“We know that warming of the Earth’s surface is putting more moisture in the atmosphere. We’ve measured it. The satellites see it,” Gulledge says. So the chances for extreme weather are going nowhere but up.

We need to face that reality, Oppenheimer says, and do the things we know can save lives and money. “We don’t have to just stand there and take it.”
11/04/2012
Livia Drew Livia Drew
Nature will do it's thing, so I can't say that humankind made Sandy happen in particular, but I do believe that our actions affect climate change in general. Overwhelming scientific data aside, if you live in a cold area you'll notice the drastic change in the climate in general (particularly during the cold months) from year to year. It's palpable, and it does not bode well.
11/04/2012
Total posts: 11
Unique posters: 11