Hurricane Sandy

Alberta Floods and Hurricane Sandy Deja Vu

On Monday, November 5th 2012, I was packing food hampers at Saint Jacobi Lutheran Church in Brooklyn, New York. Hurricane Sandy had caused widespread destruction a few days before and my reason for being in the city, the New York Marathon, had, understandably, been cancelled. It seemed only natural to respond to a request for volunteers.
Alamy

The Human Cost of Climate Change Is Too High

Developed countries, when they put 30 per cent emissions reductions or less on the table are effectively putting death, displacement and devastation on the table. To call current targets enough, is to effectively announce that on this planet there are acceptable losses in those regions least responsible for causing climate change. People are connecting the dots between extreme weather, droughts and famine, desertification, deforestation, rising sea levels, flooding, wildfires, and a range of devastating impacts the result of a changed climate. They are connecting these dots to a history of the fossil fuel industry and wealthy, developed nations having free reign pollute.

Should Israelis Care About Innocent Creatures?

Writing in The Jerusalm Post, Israeli Sharon Udasin quoted Nofar Gal, who lives near the border with Gaza: "The situation in the South has been very difficult not only for us humans but also for our pets." Predictably, her writing about an Israeli's pet dog triggered outrage in sensitive non-Israelis. The professionally sensitive -- liberal reporters -- were especially incensed.

Living With Risk and Learning from Disaster Post-Sandy

Hurricane Sandy certainly got our attention. Billions of dollars (and counting) in damages. Communities crippled and left in the cold without electricity. Nearly 200 lives lost. Sadly, with the stark realities of climate change and frequency of extreme weather events, this likely won't be the last natural disaster we experience or witness in our lifetime or even this decade. So, what are we to do about that?

SavvyMom Roundup: Stop and Scan Holiday Shopping Is Here

It's safe to say that the virtual pop-up store is the latest and greatest. It's no wonder that with the holidays approaching Mattel and Walmart have come together to launch the first one for commuters in Toronto. The virtual toy store will run for four weeks and will provide the ultimate ease in shopping by providing images of toys and a UPC code to scan for purchase. Then the commuter/shopper goes home and waits for the delivery.
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What Sandy Was Like for the Elderly

Then Hurricane Sandy came, extinguishing all those lights as well as our own. For 48 hours we had no power, no phone, no water, and for 24 of those, I was marooned in an island of silence, alone with an elderly husband with Alzheimer's, and no elevator.
Ansa

Will Sandy's Strength Spur Climate Change Coverage?

For a long time North Americans were oblivious to a problem taking place in geographically isolated places. The television media thus neglected to bring the global climate change message closer to home, and in the process seem to have disengaged people emotionally from the issue. But now climate change is knocking on our doorsteps.
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What Sandy Taught Me About (Brain)Storms

Brainstorms are ultimately doomed because they are not storms, but dumps. Which brings me to Hurricane Sandy. Now by no means am I demeaning the suffering and the tragedy wrought by this horrific natural disaster, but we will soon witness the positive results of this (b)rainstorm.
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Lending a Hand After Sandy

It's a lucky, guilty, overwhelming feeling to be sitting in a Red Hook, Brooklyn cafe, on my laptop, well fed, well caffeinated, well clothed, and with no personal hurricane horror stories. Emotions and opinions are running high. But these same people remain helpful and hopeful and charitable. Neighbours with power offer others a place to shower, a place to cook. Everyone offers advice on how to get help, how to help.
Alamy

Climate Silence In U.S. Elections

As Canadians, we are well aware that we are sleeping next to an elephant, and that the choices made by the American president have broad implications not only for Canada but for rest of the world. Much to the chagrin of many conscientious Canadians, the implications of a changing climate were off the radar in the American election before Hurricane Sandy swept in. The topic was not raised even once during the 2012 U.S. presidential debates. You would think it would be a no brainer to talk about this issue, given that the United Nations has called climate change "the single biggest threat facing humanity today."
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The Next Thing to Worry About Post-Sandy? Infectious Disease

Natural disasters, like Hurricane Sandy, are common worldwide and leave the affected public vulnerable to the harsh realities of nature, including the onslaught of infectious diseases. The reality of any disaster of this magnitude is that public health measures are all but forgotten as people do everything they can to survive. The viruses will surely arrive before the area has recovered.
Ansa

Why Spring and Autumn Are Slowly Vanishing

Why spring and autumn are slowly disappearing from our yearly calendar has nothing to do with global warming, and everything to do with the role of water. Sandy's impact upon Manhattan and beyond reveal that a more in depth understanding on the relationship between water and its functions on earth is called for.
Chris Kirkham

Media Bites: Sandy Took Newsrooms By Storm

You might think that Hurricane Sandy, with all its tremendously tragic -- but oddly photogenic -- terror and destruction would be a difficult story to formulate strong opinions about (beyond simply "I'm against") but this is why you're just some jerk with a real job and not a Canadian newspaper guy.

Are You There, God? It's Me -- Climate Change

Why do we have such a problem with admitting to ourselves that climate change is real and it's here? I would argue that religion, specifically the rise of a rather dangerous breed of dogmatic Christianity, is to blame. After all, you can take your pick from an onslaught of GOP members who have either questioned evolution, biology, or climate change and have all cited their belief in God as justification.
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Sandy Bringing the Rain And Cold

A veteran hydro worker in southwestern Ontario was electrocuted while repairing damage caused by Sandy, as Canadians clean up from the weakening post-tropical storm that continues to swing east, bring...
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Power Back For Most In Toronto

The lights are back on for most Toronto residents who were left without power in the wake of Monday’s massive wind storm. About 500 Toronto customers were waiting for power to be restored Wednesday a...

Sandy: The Poster Storm for Climate Change

Hurricane Sandy is only one part of a emerging trend that sees extreme weather becoming the new normal, as we continue to drive the planet's warming, these kinds of deadly, unpredictable storms will happen more and more and more and the simple fact is that we can only be so prepared for their impacts. I am afraid because I know that this is not a rogue incident but that as long as business as usual continues this is the new normal. That fear is coupled with a profound faith in the power of our generation, and the power of people to change business as usual and shatter the status quo.
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Travellers Could Be Stranded For Days

Superstorm Sandy grounded more than 18,000 flights across the Northeast and the globe, and it will take days before travel gets back to normal.According to the flight-tracking service FlightAware, mor...