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?
The storm that wreaked havoc on Caribbean nations and the U.S. East Coast in late October offers a glimpse into our future. Along with recent heavy rainfall, flooding, heat waves and droughts throughout the world, it's the kind of severe weather event scientists have been telling us to expect as global temperatures rise.
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.
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.
Halloween may well be a time of ghost, goblins, witches and spirits. But when I celebrate Halloween, my focus is on loftier ideals. That is, on the drawing together of neighborhoods and communities in a unified desire to slow down and re-focus on all things fun and pleasurable.
As New York works around the clock to repair the extensive damage done by Sandy and Torontonians call their trusted arborists to remove damaged and destroyed trees, many people are wondering how emergency-ready they truly are. I had a mission to find emergency-ready items unique to the big city.
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...
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...
After Hurricane Sandy stormed its way through the northeastern U.S., photos showing its destruction have surfaced. Sandy touched down in New Jersey Monday evening, leaving millions without power in t...
TORONTO -- Canadian financial service companies in the reinsurance business could take a financial hit from superstorm, Sandy, the furious storm that has all but shut down the Eastern Seaboard. The st...
With Hurricane Sandy happening, the Wall Street Journal and New York Times took down their paywalls. The altruist might think these newspapers are helping the masses with a public service. The cynic might see a very different picture.
What makes this situation both unique and different is how easily technology enables information to be free and shareable or locked down and private. With a flick of the switch these massive publishers control access to information. We can debate the good and the bad of this, but what is important is how instant the access is...or isn't.
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NEW YORK, N.Y. - As Superstorm Sandy churned slowly inland, millions along the U.S. East Coast awoke Tuesday without power or mass transit, and huge swaths of New York City were eerily quiet. At least...
Some Toronto residents who were left without power after heavy winds took out power lines overnight may have to wait until Thursday before electricity is restored, says Toronto Hydro. As of 1:30 p.m.,...
TORONTO — A superstorm that hammered parts of Central and Eastern Canada with high winds and heavy rain started petering out Tuesday, though its effects will still be felt for days. Post-tropical stor...