26 Aug '11, 4pm

A question lingered in the background of #Irene: Was this weather disaster caused by climate change?

A question lingered in the background of #Irene: Was this weather disaster caused by climate change?

We're now a day out from Hurricane Irene’s projected landfall in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (or near-miss, and it doesn’t make a lot of difference which it is). A day later -- sometime Sunday, that is -- the storm’s assault on the New York metropolitan area will begin. And unless Irene’s track veers sharply and unexpectedly out to sea, the Northeast will suffer its worst hurricane in decades. Evacuations have begun from Cape Hatteras all the way up to New Jersey; in New York City, hospitals and nursing homes in low-lying areas in Brooklyn and Staten Island have begun emptying, and the city’s subway system could shut down entirely on Saturday, for safety reasons. At the moment, the immediate question for anyone in the path of the storm is -- or should be -- "how can I keep myself and my loved ones safe?" But another question may be lingering in the background. It’s t...

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