EL NINO AND US: HELL, HIGH WATER AND HYPE

IS BAD WEATHER REALLY CAUSED BY SIN?

When the rains failed and the crops died and the locusts came and all hell broke loose, the primitives of old knew why: they had offended the gods. They would offer a sacrifice--a virgin, perhaps--to put things right.

We moderns are too sophisticated to believe such nonsense. (And anyway, where would we find a virgin?) Instead, we blame all our earthly woes on...El Nino.

The El Nino panic is in full bloom. It's been blamed for an invasion of Argentine ants in Southern California, for starving seabirds off Oregon, for albatrosses abandoning their nests in the Galapagos Islands. An Israeli scientist...

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