This is one of the scariest nights North Americans have endured in a very long time.

All along the eastern seaboard, horrific flooding is accompanying the arrival of Hurricane Sandy. We are thinking very hard of our friends all along the coast (here are just a few images of the thousands of actions they’ve staged in recent years). Bill McKibben just published this great piece about New York—about loving the city and watching it drown.

If you would like to help with relief efforts, you can donate to the American Red Cross here.
This storm—the largest storm ever measured in the Atlantic—comes near the end of the hottest year in American history. It gathered strength from some of the warmest seawater ever measured off the eastern coast. It is a reminder of the power of nature, and of the ways we are magnifying the power by warming the planet. If you pray, please keep the people in its path in your prayers; they join the list of people on every continent who have suffered from our destabilizing climate. We’ll all take new resolve to fight for a livable planet.

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