Massive snowstorms such as the one sweeping into the US north-east on
Monday are “part of the changing climate”, New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, declared at a press conference announcing a state of emergency.
said on Monday that “there is a pattern of extreme weather that we’ve
never seen before” – reiterating his comments in the wake of hurricane
Sandy,when he said that “anyone who says there’s not a dramatic change in weather patterns is probably denying reality.”
increasingly intense storms fit “a pattern of extreme weather” – and that pattern evinces the reality of climate change. As the globe continues to heat up over the long term – 2014 was the hottest year on earthsince human beings started keeping records – more and more energy enters the atmosphere, charging it for extreme events.