As the East Coast works hard to recover from Hurricane Sandy's ravages -- expect power this weekend, Manhattanites -- the narrative surrounding the storm has begun to shift. No longer is media attention solely focused on Sandy's devastating effects; rather, journalists are devoting their columns, blogs, and tweets to the question: how'd this disaster happen, anyway? And the answer, for many writers, scientists, and elected officials, is that climate change is to blame, at least to an extent, for the superstorm. More atmospheric moisture, a nor'easter partly caused by the disappearance of Arctic sea ice, and higher ocean levels along the coast: all these factors, and more, may have helped intensify the storm. Sandy is just the leading edge of our new, more turbulent planet.
- Cover of the Year award goes to Bloomberg Businessweek, which captured the zeitgeist, at least within the environmental community, with its already-iconic headline, "It's Global Warming, Stupid." Can't say it a whole lot better than that.
- The New York Times' Nick Kristof finally found a power source and used it to write a column about how, "in the candlelit aftermath of a future hurricane," we'll look back on politicians' inaction about climate change and ask, "What were they thinking?"
- Eugene Linden of the Los Angeles Times says that we might not be able to conclusively pin Sandy on climate change, but that rising seas are increasingly jeopardizing our decrepit infrastructure.
- If you're considering filling up your tank at a New York City gas station today, Mother Jones strongly suggests you reconsider. Unless you enjoy three-hour lines, road rage, and ironic symbols of our nation's dependence on oil.
- What's worse than having your home blacked-out? Having your home black out when you live on the 11th floor of a public housing complex, reports the Washington Post. If we remember nothing else from Hurricane Katrina, we should recall that the demographic most harmed by natural disasters are society's most vulnerable people.
- How to fortify New York in an era of higher seas? Slate's Matthew Yglesias has an idea: build a few giant walls.
- Time Magazine sits down with Bill McKibben, who points out that Hurricane Irene was just as bad as Sandy -- but Irene wasn't concentrated in the media capital of the world.
- Wondering how supermarkets stay well-stocked even after a major disaster? Wired explains why you won't hear tales of starvation from lower Manhattan.
- While the most shocking images of the devastation have emerged from the Lower East Side and Queens, the Associated Press says the most damaged borough might be Staten Island, where 19 people -- nearly half of New York's death toll -- were killed.
- If you're mourning the cancellation of Halloween, take solace. One of Sandy's spookiest impacts came in New Haven, where a toppled oak tree on the city's green was found to have two ancient skeletons tangled in its roots.
- Last but certainly not least, The Onion publishes one of the least funny -- but most accurate -- articles in its illustrious satiric history: "Nation Suddenly Realizes This Just Going To Be A Thing That Happens From Now On." Or as Businessweek put it: it's global warming, stupid.
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