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“Can we please talk about what is happening?” asked Vicki Arroyo (PopTech 2012), the executive director of the Georgetown Climate Center of Georgetown University Law Center. Arroyo, who recently presented at PopTech 2012 in Camden, Maine, studies how cities can better design and maintain infrastructure to withstand weather-related catastrophes.
But she told PopTech that she hopes Sandy will finally catalyze honest talk about the real problem. “More scientists are feeling comfortable that we are seeing more super storms that are very consistent with climate change. It is just happening sooner than we expected.”
That trend seems to make irrelevant the bickering about whether a single storm is attributable to global warming. “When you heat something up, you’ve got more energy,” she said about increasing ocean temperatures. “I think we really have a wake up call here,” Arroyo said about Sandy. “We are living in a different world. We have got to get serious about reducing our emissions.”
Always giving wake up calls