IN TODAY'S RADIO REPORT: The devastation of Super Typhoon Haiyan, and the climate change signal; PLUS: The denial industry sinks to new lows, as the U.N. meets again to hammer out a global climate treaty ... All that and more in today's Green News Report!
IN 'GREEN NEWS EXTRA' (see links below): AP shocked - shocked! - to find corn ethanol is bad; Archbishop refuses communion to polluters; Billionaire Koch Brother says advocates of carbon tax 'are on acid'; U.S. crushes ivory to save elephants from extinction; ARCO to pay $20m to residents near NV copper mine; Fossil fuels receive $500 billion a year in government subsidies worldwide; Another oil train explodes, this time in Alabama ... PLUS: Map: What the U.S. coast will look like after we melt all the ice ... and much, MUCH more! ...
STORIES DISCUSSED ON TODAY'S 'GREEN NEWS REPORT'...
- Super Typhoon Haiyan: Devastation in The Philippines:
- Typhoon Haiyan death toll closer to 2,500, Philippine president says (CNN)
- Haiyan Storm Surges Caught Philippines by Surprise (ABC News):
[B]rick-and-mortar structures were simply no match for the jet-force winds and massive walls of waves that swept ashore Friday, devastating cities, towns and villages and killing thousands, including many of those who had huddled in government shelters.
- Why Typhoon Haiyan Caused So Much Damage (NPR)
- AUDIO: Aid Groups Struggle To Reach Survivors Of Typhoon Haiyan (NPR)
- Philippine typhoon: Tales of heartbreak, courage; hunger, anarchy (LA Times)
- U.S. military speeds aid to Philippines for Typhoon Haiyan victims (LA Times)
- Haiyan: The Record Super Typhoon & the Climate Change Signal:
- Best Overview: UPDATE: Supertyphoons and Global Warming (Phil Plait, Slate)
- Science of storms: The phenomenon that powered typhoon Haiyan (Financial Times)
- Haiyan is Dead, Better Weather Ahead for the Philippines; 'We Can Stop This Madness' (Dr. Jeff Masters' Weather Underground) [emphasis added]:
Haiyan's place in history:
[T]he super typhoon likely made landfall with winds near 195 mph. The next JTWC intensity estimate, for 00Z UTC November 8, about three hours after landfall, put the top winds at 185 mph. Averaging together these estimates gives a strength of 190 mph an hour after landfall. Thus, Haiyan had winds of 190 - 195 mph at landfall, making it the strongest tropical cyclone on record to make landfall in world history. The previous record was held by the Atlantic's Hurricane Camille of 1969, which made landfall in Mississippi with 190 mph winds.
- Should the Saffir-Simpson scale go beyond 5? (Science Blogs)
- Typhoon in Philippines Casts Long Shadow Over U.N. Talks on Climate Treaty (NY Times) [emphasis added]:
[S]cientists remain cautious about drawing links between extreme storms like this typhoon and climate change. There is not enough data, they say, to draw conclusions about any single storm. “Whether we’re seeing some result of climate change, we find that impossible to find out,” said Kerry A. Emanuel, an atmospheric scientist at M.I.T.
Scientists largely agree that it appears that storms will become more powerful as the climate changes. Dr. Emanuel helped write a 2010 study, for example, that forecast that the average intensity of hurricanes and typhoons — different names for the same phenomenon — would increase by up to 11 percent by the end of the century.
- Super-Storm May Be Harbinger of Worse to Come (Voice Of America News)
- Super Typhoon Haiyan: A Hint of What’s to Come? (Climate Central)
- Haiyan: Climate Change Denial Industry Scrapes New Lows:
- While thousands may have died in Typhoon Haiyan, be prepared to "throw up in your mouth" at this article on WUWT (Hot Whopper Blog)
- WUWT Science Denialist Blog Hits New, Historic Low (Gred Laden, Science Blogs) [emphasis added]:
At the moment, nobody is really saying that Haiyan’s strength, size, power, or even existence is specifically the direct result of global warming, although it is of course impossible to remove the effects of global warming from ANY weather event because global warming is part of climate change and guess what … weather arises from the climate. The climate has changed, so ALL of our weather is affected by climate change. This offensive post is preemptive denial, but it is denial that throws the lives and suffering of millions of people … of which thousands have lost relatives … under the bus.
- VIDEO: Fox Attacks "Foolish" George Clooney, Misquotes What He Said About Over Typhoon Haiyan (Media Matters)
- Haiyan Casts Shadow Over U.N. Climate Summit COP19 in Warsaw: