Lessons of Sandy

Lessons of Sandy

In July 2009, I was in Ghana during a fuel shortage. This year, after Hurricane Sandy deprived the Northeast of gas, power, food, and clean water, drivers in New York and New Jersey were forced to line up for rationed gas. The cause of the fuel shortage differed from...
This Week in OtherWords: After the Superstorm

This Week in OtherWords: After the Superstorm

As authorities in the Northeast order new evacuations and the airlines cancel hundreds of flights in anticipation of another fierce storm, OtherWords is taking stock of the many ways in which Sandy may prove a teachable moment. Daphne Wysham and John Talberth show how...
How Sandy Reveals the GDP’s Twisted Logic

How Sandy Reveals the GDP’s Twisted Logic

As he waded knee-deep in an Atlantic City street, pummeled by Superstorm Sandy’s winds, CNN’s Chief Business Correspondent Ali Velshi declared that it was too early to tell whether Sandy would be a plus or a minus for the U.S. economy. The authorities are...
Hurricane Sandy’s Wakeup Call

Hurricane Sandy’s Wakeup Call

I’ve been working on solutions to the climate crisis for a long time, but I never really expected that it would hit home for me quite the way it did. Chadwick Beach, the small New Jersey town where I grew up and where my parents still live, was one of many...
Rebuilding Resilience

Rebuilding Resilience

Our nation is recovering from a natural disaster. Again. This time it’s Sandy. A few months ago, it was the drought. Last year, there was Irene. A few years before that, Hurricane Ike devastated Galveston, Texas. In 2005, we endured Rita, Wilma, and Katrina....
Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial

Shivering in the Land of Climate Denial

Love to keepThese storms from me;But can’t give upMy SUV. First, the 80-foot pine tree fell on our house. Then, the power went out, along with the heat. After a few days the indoor temperature became brisk, emulating the outdoors. But in our neighborhood at...
How to Stop Scaring Ourselves to Death

How to Stop Scaring Ourselves to Death

Previously published at FireDogLake. There’s nothing quite like the adrenalin high of a good storm. It’s like a horror film we can’t stop watching: And this “Frankenstorm,” coming right on Halloween, is giving us the best of the worst of...