Global warming was never mentioned in the US presidential debates, but its wrath in the form of Superstorm Sandy has swept both candidates off their feet and wreaked havoc along its trail.
The message from the superstorm is loud and clear, not only to the United States but to the rest of the world: Global warming is the greatest threat facing humanity. And if the global community fails to curb the dangerous levels of carbon emissions, catastrophic consequences are inevitable. As if to reiterate this message, a cyclone hit India's coasts on Wednesday, displacing more than 150,000 people.
Evidence linking extreme weather with man-made global warming is mounting. Scientists have also repeatedly warned that much of the world's coastal areas will be flooded within 50 years due to rapidly rising sea levels, if greenhouse gas emissions continue unabated.