I knew that there was this whole climate change thing going on, but I thought it was news from the past and was more about other countries — you know , the Kyoto Protocol and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, etc. I even got a little worried when the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund got on board with it — I mean, those guys care about money! And too bad about those small island states which will disappear with the rising ocean levels, but that’s not my problem.
It’s not like New York City is going to be flooded, or hit with an earthquake, or anything, right? Then we had Hurricane Irene and that quake last month, and now the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority and CIESIN have published this new report, "Responding to Climate Change in New York State" and it has me really worried. If both New York State and Columbia University scientists agree, it must be serious. So this weekend I’m off to Home Depot to buy some survival gear.