Super Typhoon Haiyan Blasts Thru Philippines; 10,000+ Feared Dead report Sunshine Lichauco de Leon and Calum MacLeod at USA Today. Wunderground meteorologist Jeff Masters notes it’s the strongest cyclone in world history to make landfall, and some meteorologists have compared it to a 4 scale tornado – only far larger and longer lasting. As sea surface temperatures rise, storms can milk the hotter surface for more energy. Climate catastrophes over the past few decades have increased, and the reputable Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change notes that storm intensity is likely to increase with continuing climate change. For now, though, the 70% deforestation of the Philippines since 1900, which destroyed important carbon capturing and storage systems for the world, is likely to result in far more lethal flooding from cyclones like Haiyan coming through, and the seasonal storms that follow in their wake, which will add more water to already waterlogged land. The carbon footprint of the damage is also enormous, as destroyed timber ultimately is burned or left to rot, releasing large amounts of greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.
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