Another round of United Nations climate talks were being negotiated in Warsaw, Poland, this week when the strongest typhoon recorded to hit land swept across the Philippines before moving on to Vietnam.
Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, has killed an estimated 10,000 people in the area of Tacloban, mostly from the strong tsunami-like storm surges that accompanied the typhoon. Entire villages were flattened and a large rescue effort is underway to evacuate survivors.
There is nothing natural about disasters like this and, sadly, the large number of deaths could have been prevented.
Human-induced climate change had a large part to play in how ferocious the storm was. The World Meteorological Organisation warned that higher sea levels and warming oceans are... READ MORE