Introduction

Tom Flynn

As I write, significant swaths of New York and New Jersey remain uninhabitable more than a month after Superstorm Sandy churned ashore. Sandy followed in the footsteps of Hurricane Irene, which savaged much of the same territory just fourteen months earlier.

Sandy seems to have marked a turning point in the way most media commentators treat climate. At long last, most have stopped focusing on the controversy of whether human action drives climate change, fixing instead on the reality that intense storms are becoming more frequent and ocean levels are rising. Climate change is a given; human action as a significant cause is widely (though still not unanimously) accepted.

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