Was superstorm Sandy a result of climate change driven by those rising emissions under discussion at talks on climate change in Doha? As delegates in Doha posture, the damage left in the wake of Sandy has focussed the thinking of many Americans.
Are the superpowers responsible? President Obama refused to link the storm to climate change but paid political lip service to action.
“And I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behaviour and carbon emissions and as a consequence I think we have an obligation to future generations to do something about it,” he said.
Scientists and activists want swift action otherwise they believe extreme weather conditions will increase.
“Global emissions is what we’re concerned about and the global impacts of climate change will come home here to roost in the United States as well as in other countries like Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nicaragua. We need to really act now. That’s what Superstorm Sandy is telling us,” said Janet Redman at the Institute for Policy Studies.
The World Meteorological Organisation’s annual report added weight to the argument by reporting atmospheric levels of greenhouse gasses reached record levels in 2011.
But scientists say it is still too early to link climate change to Superstorm Sandy.