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Climate Change 'New Normal,' Lessons From Sandy: U.N. Chief


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JL
- 647 days ago - reuters.com
Extreme weather sparked by climate change is "the new normal" and Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the U.S. Northeast is a lesson the world must pursue more environmentally friendly policies, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.



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JL A. (275)
Monday November 12, 2012, 4:57 pm

Climate change "new normal," lessons from Sandy: U.N. chief
Fri, Nov 9 2012

By Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Extreme weather sparked by climate change is "the new normal" and Superstorm Sandy that ravaged the U.S. Northeast is a lesson the world must pursue more environmentally friendly policies, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Friday.

The United Nations headquarters closed for three days when former hurricane Sandy slammed the Northeast on October 29 as a rare hybrid superstorm, killing at least 121 people, swamping seaside towns and leaving millions without power.

"We all know the difficulties in attributing any single storm to climate change. But we also know this: extreme weather due to climate change is the new normal," Ban told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

"This may be an uncomfortable truth, but it is one we ignore at our peril. The world's best scientists have been sounding the alarm for many years," he said. "There can be no looking away, no persisting with business as usual ... This should be one of the main lessons of Hurricane Sandy."

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term after Sandy struck, citing Obama's record on climate change and saying he believed the Democrat would adopt more policies to curb greenhouse gases in a second term. Obama won re-election on Tuesday.

The head of U.N. security, Gregory Starr, said last week that U.N. headquarters sustained severe damage when Sandy produced heavy flooding in basement levels of the world body's Manhattan complex along the East River. �� Flood damage forced the relocation of a U.N. Security Council meeting on Somalia last week from its normal chambers to a temporary building inside the U.N. campus.

U.N. delegations sharply criticized the United Nations' management on Monday for an almost "total breakdown in communications" with the world body's member states after superstorm Sandy struck.

"Our global services were provided without interruption," said Ban. "However, it is clear that in focusing so much on operations and infrastructure, we fell short when it came to communications."

"We learned that too many email addresses were out of date or otherwise incorrect," he said. "And in the broadest sense, we should have done more to update member states, staff alike and wider audience at large about the impact and implications of the storm."

Michael Adlerstein, who heads a $1.9 billion renovation of the United Nations due to be completed in 2013, has said Sandy would not delay the overhaul of the U.N. complex.

(Reporting by Michelle Nichols; Editing by Vicki Allen)
 

Monica D. (580)
Monday November 12, 2012, 6:41 pm
The world needs to switch to appropriate renewable energy. Go wind and solar! And we need to use less oil ... go car-free if you can, and support groups that promote cycling, walking and appropriate public trasport.
 

Lin Penrose (92)
Monday November 12, 2012, 7:26 pm
Noted, Thanks J.L., How many times do we humans need 'slaps upside the head' to get serious messages about what is going on with this planet? Is denial a part of the human DNA (virus and parasite), that confuses survival of the species with the actions of consume and pollute with our excrement everything, until there is nothing left to survive on?

However, very quick adaptations to pollutions & climate change may survive, with greatly reduced, changed, and adapted bio-diversity. Has happened in the past. Look at we humans. Lessons learned - lessons lost (socially speaking), needing to be re-learned. Our standards of 'quality of life' must also undergo extreme changes. Hope any of my surviving DNA relatives learn, retain and positively live symbiotic with this Incredible planet and our place in this solar system, galaxy and universe.

 

JL A. (275)
Monday November 12, 2012, 7:31 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Lin part time because you have done so within the last week.
 

Jae A. (323)
Monday November 12, 2012, 11:40 pm
Sometimes I wonder just how 'normal' or not it is when I look up at the sky and see it filled with Chemtrails to the post that in hours the entire from them is like one huge cloud cover. I wonder how 'normal ' it is when we read about more Corporte Industry polluters....more GOP deregulations still in place. Fact is, I wonder who really knows what's going on ..as well as to the causes.........beyond that of nature itself.
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:49 am
A valuable perspective--a sum bigger than individual parts. You cannot currently send a star to Jae because you have done so within the last week.
 

Tal H. (8)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:19 pm
Thanks for the share!
 

JL A. (275)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 5:33 pm
You are welcome Talya!
 

june t. (65)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 10:58 pm
thanks for the article
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 8:44 am
You are welcome june!
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 1:45 pm
Thanks for post. There is no such thing as "normal", just statistical averages, from which this is no escape.
 

JL A. (275)
Thursday November 15, 2012, 1:50 pm
You cannot currently send a star to Mary because you have done so within the last week.
 
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