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Hurricane Sandy and global warming: Queen's University expert



Queen’s University geography professor and climatologist Harry McCaughey is available to talk about how climate change affected the path and size of Hurricane Sandy.

Dr. McCaughey, a global warming expert, says the answer isn’t easy and you can’t directly link climate change as the cause of Hurricane Sandy taking the unusual path of hitting New York City and the U.S. east coast.

“Climate change is real, serious and bad, but you can’t categorically prove that one particular storm like Hurricane Sandy was caused by manmade global climate change. But what you can say are the conditions that caused Hurricane Sandy are a symptom of global warming, such as the rising temperatures of the oceans,” says Dr. McCaughey. “We should be saying ‘Look we have a real problem and we should be doing something.’ No one politically wants to do anything. Global warming is like a slow-moving train wreck and no one wants to put on the brakes.”

Please note that Dr. McCaughey is only available for phone interviews.

To arrange an interview, please contact communication officers Michael Onesi (office: 613.533.6000 ext. 77513, michael.onesi@queensu.ca) or Anne Craig (office: 613-533-2877, Anne.Craig@queensu.ca) at Queen’s University News and Media Services Department in Kingston, Ont., Canada.

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