Tweeters are calling Hurricane Sandy Mother Nature’s revenge: So few prominent politicians have even mentioned climate change this election season, they say, she has cooked up a vengeful reminder. Climate change is probably part of Sandy’s story, scientists and environmentalists say, but there are also short-term weather forces conspiring to create the sprawling, powerful storm. The interwoven ways climate and weather operate make it difficult to say any one storm is attributable to climate change — or that it is not.
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