Philippines typhoon sparks calls for climate action 7 hours ago Children ride on a pedicab as it rains in Dolores town, eastern Samar, central Philippines on December …While loved ones braced for the full impact of Typhoon Hagupit back home, Filipino activists in Lima urged climate negotiators Saturday to act with more urgency in drafting a global plan to limit such potentially life-threatening events.”To us in the Philippines, we are not any more debating on whether or not the impacts of climate change are here, we have experienced it,” Voltaire Alferez of the Aksyon Klima Pilipinas NGO grouping said on the sidelines of the talks.”Year after year we are bombarded… from one typhoon to another,” he told AFP as his wife and son of one year left their Manila home for the relative safety of higher ground.This is the third typhoon in a row to hit the Philippines during the annual, ministerial-level climate negotiations towards a new, global pact to limit climate harm by curbing Earth-warming greenhouse gas emissions.Last year, Typhoon Haiyan hit while talks were under way in Warsaw, killing 7,350 people, and Typhoon Bopha claimed 600 lives during negotiations in Doha in 2012.It is never possible to attribute any individual weather event to climate change, but the UN’s World Meteorological Organization has said extreme storms like Haiyan were „consistent” with human-induced climate change.In this image obtained from NASA, Typhoon Hagupit hits the Philippines on December 6, 2014 (AFP Phot …Countries are gathered in the Peruvian capital to negotiate the broad outlines of the new global pact, which is due to be signed in Paris next December and take effect in 2020.But NGOs and activists acting as observers to the bartering said the pace was too slow and a sense of urgency lacking with one week to go in the December 1-12 session.”One of the biggest concerns we have is that negotiators still don’t have a sense that what we are dealing with in these negotiations is a planetary emergency,” said Tasneem Essop of green group WWF.- ‘Issue of survival’ -Grouping 195 nations and the EU bloc, the talks under the umbrella of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change remain deeply divided on how to apportion responsibility for emissions curbs, which requires a costly shift from cheap and abundant fossil fuel to cleaner alternatives.The official logo of the UN COP20 and CMP10 climate change conferences, on display at the venue in L …The goal is to limit average global warming to two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over pre-Industrial Revolution levels, but scientists say we are heading for double that — a recipe for ever-worse droughts, floods and sea-level rise.Parties are divided on what must be in the agreement.Developing countries want commitments that rich nations are loath to give: to helping with climate-change adaptation, finance, and compensation for loss and damage suffered.”This is what loss and damage looks like,” said Julie-Anne Richards of the Climate Justice Program, referring to the latest typhoon.”These are real people facing real costs and some even the loss of their lives.”Greenpeace’s Jasper Inventor, a Filipino, added: „In the hour of our peril, now is the time for politicians to back up their expressions of solidarity with real action at the UN climate talks.”It has become an issue of our survival.”Terrifying winds and intense rains pounded the eastern Philippines Saturday as millions sheltered from the massive storm.Hagupit was forecast to take three days to rake across the Philippines, also bringing heavy rain to the densely populated capital Manila.
No major damage as Philippine storm weakens By TERESA CEROJANO52 minutes ago Associated Press Videos Raw: Filipinos Evacuate Homes Ahead of TyphoonAssociated PressRaw: Filipinos Evacuate Homes Ahead of TyphoonLEGAZPI, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Hagupit knocked out power in entire coastal provinces, mowed down trees and sent more than 650,000 people into shelters before it weakened Sunday, sparing the central Philippines a repetition of unprecedented devastation by last year’s storm.Related Stories
Shallow floods, damaged shanties and ripped off store signs and tin roofs were a common sight across the region, but there were no confirmed deaths or major destruction after Hagupit slammed into Eastern Samar and other island provinces. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers (87 miles) per hour and gusts of 170 kph (106 mph), considerably weaker from its peak power but still a potentially deadly storm, according to forecasters.The typhoon was moving slowly, which means more rainfall and a risk of landslides and flash floods.Traumatized by Typhoon Haiyan’s massive death and destruction last year in the central region that’s being partly whipped by Hagupit (pronounced HA’-goo-pit), more than 650,000 people readily fled to about 1,000 emergency shelters and safer grounds. The government, backed by the 120,000-strong military, launched massive preparations to attain a zero-casualty target.Rhea Estuna, a 29-year-old mother of one, fled to central Tacloban city’s evacuation center as early as Thursday and waited in fear as Hagupit’s wind and rains lashed the school, where she and her family sought refuge. When she peered outside Sunday, she said she saw a starkly different aftermath compared to the horror of Haiyan’s aftermath.”There were no bodies scattered on the road, no big mounds of debris,” Estuna told The Associated Press by cellphone. „Thanks to God this typhoon wasn’t as violent.”A man holds on to a pole as strong winds blow brought by Typhoon Hagupit in Legazpi, Albay province, …Haiyan’s tsunami-like storm surges and killer winds left thousands of people dead and leveled entire villages, most of them in and around Tacloban.Nearly a dozen countries led by the United States and the European Union have pledged to help in case of a catastrophe, disaster-response agency chief Alexander Pama said.The EU commissioner for humanitarian aid, Christos Stylianides, said a team of experts would be deployed to help assess the damage and needed response.”The Philippines are not alone as they brace up for a possible hardship,” Stylianides said, adding the European Commission was „hoping that the impact will be less powerful than a year ago when Typhoon Haiyan left a devastating imprint on the country.”Authorities were verifying reports of some deaths but none has been confirmed so far, Pama told a news conference.Map tracks the path and speed of Typhoon Hagupit; 2c x 4 inches; 96.3 mm x 101 mm;While officials expressed relief so far, they were quick to warn that Hagupit — Filipino for „smash” or „lash” — was still on course to barrel across three major central islands before starting to blow away Tuesday into the South China Sea.Several typhoon-lashed eastern villages isolated by downed telephone and power lines were out of contact, Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said.”It’s too early to tell,” Philippine Red Cross Secretary-General Gwendolyn Pang said. „Let’s cross our fingers that it will stay that way. It’s too close to Christmas.”Army troops deployed to supermarkets and major roads in provinces in the typhoon’s path to prevent looting and chaos and clear debris, all of which slowed the government’s response last year.Unlike in past years, many people readily left high-risk communities now, Soliman said.”Haiyan was the best teacher of all,” Soliman said. „People did not need much convincing to move to safety. In fact many of them volunteered to go.”_Associated Press writers Oliver Teves and Jim Gomez in Manila, Philippines, contributed to this report.
Typhoon howls through Philippines, more than 1 million flee By Rosemarie Francisco and Manuel Mogato1 hour agoWaves, brought by Typhoon Hagupit, hit the concrete barrier along the Boulevard Seaport in Surigao City, …By Rosemarie Francisco and Manuel Mogato MANILA (Reuters) – A powerful typhoon tore through the central Philippines on Sunday, bringing howling winds that toppled trees and power poles and cut off communications in areas where thousands were killed by a massive storm just over a year ago.More than 1 million people had fled to shelters away from coastal areas and landslide-prone villages by the time Typhoon Hagupit made landfall on Saturday night, in what a U.N. agency said was one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations.Hagupit, which days earlier had reached category 5 „super typhoon” strength as it churned across the Pacific Ocean, further weakened on Sunday to category 2 as it made a second landfall at Cataingan town in the south of Masbate island.”We are now experiencing very strong winds and heavy rains,” Wilton Co, mayor of Cataingan town, told a radio interview. „I asked everyone to stay indoors and move inland to higher ground, hoping that we will have zero casualties.”The typhoon was moving west northwest at 15 kph (9 mph), with sustained winds of 140 kph (86 mph) and gusts of up to 170 kph (105 mph), the Philippine weather bureau PAGASA said. It was expected to pass around 120 km south of the capital Manila by early Monday morning.Soldiers and volunteers prepare relief goods, to be delivered before Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall, …Power was cut across most of the eastern island of Samar and nearby Leyte province, including Tacloban City, considered ground zero of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan last year.”I can’t penetrate the areas, I can’t go north or south because of fallen trees and power lines. Many areas are flooded,” Ben Evardone, congressman for Eastern Samar, said from his base in the provincial capital Borongan.Local radio reported at least four people were killed in Eastern Samar and Iloilo, but that could not be confirmed by officials. The Philippine Red Cross said it was also verifying the reports.Alexander Pama, head of the disaster agency, said major roads in parts of Samar and Leyte islands and the south of the main island Luzon were not passable due to debris, and some areas were also flooded.General Gregorio Catapang, head of the military, said nearly 2,000 soldiers were clearing the roads and two airports on Samar to bring in food trucks and aircraft loaded with emergency supplies.Residents take shelter in Pope Francis complex after evacuating their houses due to typhoon Hagupit …”There were areas that experienced storm surges,” said Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo, adding the agency was verifying the exact height of the waves.TACLOBAN SPARED The weather bureau said Hagupit – which means „lash” in Filipino – was maintaining the projected path that would take it through Masbate, Romblon and Mindoro islands in the archipelago’s central belt, slightly north of areas devastated by super typhoon Haiyan last year.Residents of low-lying villages and landslide-prone areas had been evacuated to schools, civic centres, town halls, gyms and churches, the national disaster agency said.Alfred Romnualdez, mayor of Tacloban, said although more than 48,000 had fled to shelters, damage to the city appeared to have been minor.Volunteers prepare relief goods, to be delivered before Typhoon Hagupit makes landfall, inside a Dep …”Thank God, the typhoon spared us and we have no reported casualties,” Romualdez told Reuters. „By the end of the day we expect the people to return to their homes from shelter areas.”There were more than 1.2 million people crowding over 1,500 evacuation centres across the central Philippines, said Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, adding local governments were providing the evacuees’ basic needs.But there were worries on sanitation and the impact on health of the evacuees in cramped spaces especially in urban areas.”The critical issue is in evacuation centres where there is a high number of evacuees,” said Social Work Secretary Corazon Soliman. „We are concerned that the congestion will cause more threat on health.”Environment and humanitarian groups are hoping the typhoon would spur action at U.N. climate talks in Lima, where almost 200 nations are meeting to work out an accord to slow global warming, due at a summit in Paris in a year’s time.”My country is under water, farms have been wiped away, homes destroyed, families separated,” Shubert Ciencia of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement and a member of global relief organization Oxfam, said in Lima.”Nobody should have to live under the threat of destruction year after year. But we want action, not pity. Negotiators have a chance to make history by standing up for those who have already lost so much and the millions more who will suffer the same fate unless we act now,” Ciencia said.An Oxfam report in November showed Asia is highly vulnerable to increasingly severe and frequent weather extremes and woefully underprepared to manage growing crises.(Reporting by Rosemarie Francisco and Manuel Mogato in Manila and Alister Doyle in Lima)
Typhoon slams into Philippines, 1 million evacuated By Rosemarie Francisco15 hours agoPeople take shelter inside a evacuation centre after evacuating from their homes due to super-typhoon …By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) – A powerful typhoon roared into the eastern Philippines on Saturday, bringing lashing rain and strong winds that felled trees, ripped off tin roofs and toppled power lines in areas still bearing the scars of a super typhoon 13 months ago.About 1 million people had already fled to shelters by the time Typhoon Hagupit made landfall, in what a U.N. agency said was one of the world’s biggest peacetime evacuations.As the storm barreled in from the Pacific, power was cut across most of the central island of Samar and nearby Leyte province, including Tacloban City, considered ground zero of the devastating super typhoon Haiyan last year.”The wind is blowing so strongly, it’s like it is whirling,” Mabel Evardone, an official of the coastal town of Sulat in Eastern Samar, said on local radio. „The waters have risen now.”There was no word of any casualties.Shops that are closed due to super-typhoon Hagupit are pictured in downtown Tacloban City, central P …Hagupit had weakened to a category 3 storm, two notches below „super typhoon”, but could still unleash huge destruction with torrential rain and potentially disastrous storm surges of up to 4.5 meters (15 ft), the weather bureau PAGASA said.The eye of the typhoon hit the town of Dolores, Eastern Samar at 9:15 p.m. (1315 GMT), PAGASA said, adding the storm maintained its strength, with winds of up to 175 kph (110 mph) near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph (130 mph).”We can expect that heavy rains were dumped on Eastern Samar because Ruby hovered for a long time over the coastal areas,” weather forecaster Jori Loiz said on radio, referring to the local name of typhoon Hagupit.The weather bureau said Hagupit – which means „lash” in Filipino – maintained its projected path towards Masbate, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro provinces, slightly north of areas devastated by super typhoon Haiyan last year. PAGASA earlier said the storm was moving north northwest at 16 kph (10 mph).”Ruby’s lashing will be severe,” Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas told government radio. „Let’s be alert. Let’s evacuate to prevent any harm to your families.”A woman walks past a petrol station that is closed due to super-typhoon Hagupit in Tacloban city, ce …Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific canceled about 100 flights to central and southern Philippines on Saturday.Residents of low-lying villages and landslide-prone areas have fled to schools, civic centers, town halls, gyms and churches, the national disaster agency said.”We received reports about a million people evacuating already. There is increased awareness to make early action and co-operate and do pre-emptive evacuation,” Gwendolyn Pang, secretary general of the Philippine Red Cross, said in a television interview.At least 50 municipalities in the central Philippines and the southern part of the country’s main Luzon island were at risk of storm surges, the Science and Technology department said.The typhoon was unlikely to hit the capital Manila, home to around 12 million people, the agency said.An evacuee received a relief goods after evacuating their homes due to super-typhoon Hagupit in Tacl …”Typhoon Hagupit is triggering one of the largest evacuations we have ever seen in peacetime,” said Denis McClean, spokesman of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction in Geneva.Relief agency Refugees International said in a statement it was „deeply concerned” that evacuation centers may not be safe.”A damage assessment of designated evacuation centers in typhoon-affected areas indicated that in some places – such as Eastern Samar, where Hagupit is headed – less than 10 percent of evacuation centers were likely to withstand future typhoons,” the group said.LESSONS LEARNED The United States had offered to send nine C-130 transport aircraft, three P-3C Orion, and medical and relief workers, said Major Emmanuel Garcia, commander of the Armed Forces’ 7th civil relations group.A stranded passenger takes a break as ferry ships are cancelled in anticipation of Typhoon Hagupit a …Other foreign governments also sent word they were ready to help the disaster-prone Southeast Asian nation, he said.The islands of Samar and Leyte were worst-hit by 250 kph (155 mph) winds and storm surges brought by Typhoon Haiyan in November.”There has been a tremendous amount of learning from last year,” said Greg Matthews, emergency response advisor at the International Rescue Committee. „There have been reports from our field officers and partners that people are evacuating themselves. They are aware of the situation.”Haiyan, one of the strongest typhoons ever to make landfall, left more than 7,000 dead or missing and more than 4 million homeless or with damaged houses. About 25,000 people in Eastern Samar and Leyte still live in tents, shelters and bunkhouses.International humanitarian agencies and non-government groups, which have been supporting Haiyan-devastated communities in the central Philippines, are preparing to mobilize aid and relief efforts in the aftermath of Typhoon Hagupit.Soldiers were deployed to urban centers, particularly in Tacloban City, where widespread looting broke out after Haiyan.”The soldiers will help our police counterparts in maintaining peace and order, and prevent looting incidents,” said Colonel Restituto Padilla Jr, armed forces spokesman.(Additional reporting by Jazmin Bonifacio in Samar, Neil Jerome Morales and Erik dela Cruz in Manila and Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva; Editing by Alex Richardson)
Your world, underwater: Here’s what US cities will look like after global warming SHARE WRITTEN BYHanna Kozlowska@hannakozlowska December 5, 2014(Jeffrey Lin, Spatialities.com)This article has been corrected.Remember Waterworld, the extravagant 1995 dystopian Hollywood flop that imagined Earth after the polar ice caps melted, with humans living on what looked like floating junkyards? You might not be growing gills and webbed feet a la Kevin Costner anytime soon, but your great-great-great-great-great children might have to worry about finding dry land.The United States Geological Survey estimates that if the ice sheets located in the Antarctic and Greenland melt as a result of climate change, sea levels could rise up to 80 meters (approx. 262 feet). Jeffrey Linn, a Seattle-based urban planner who is between jobs, decided to use some of his spare time to show how this climate apocalypse would affect a number of cities in North America.(Jeffrey Lin, Spatialities.com)Linn was inspired by a post on a website called Burrito Justice that envisioned San Francisco under water. In this slightly morbid exercise, Linn makes up imaginative names for the islands and inlets that would remain of Los Angeles, Seattle, Portland, Vancouver or Montreal.Los Angeles, detail(Jeffrey Lin, Spatialities.com)He used USGS data on sea level rise, and says on his website, Spatialities.com, that he is not showing anything outside the realm of possibility, even if his predictions look dire.“This will happen someday, but not in our lifetimes,” Linn writes, pointing out that timeline predictions vary widely, leaving any estimates with huge margins of error. So don’t worry, the human race could have anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 years to enjoy our time on dry land.(Jeffrey Lin, Spatialities.com)“The debate over how fast the ice sheets are melting is an academic one, really,” Greg Hanscom writes in his post about the project on Grist. But he also points out that some say the sea level could rise by up to 16 feet by the end of this century.“What fascinates me the most about this project is the landforms, bays, seas and other geographies that emerge,” Linn writes.(Jeffrey Lin, Spatialities.com)Linn even indulges in a bit of speculation about the kind of swashbuckling tribalism that might emerge in his scenario. “I think the islands will be inhabited by pirates—tribes of Queen Ann islanders and Capitol Hill islanders living in shaky détente, with occasional forays on each others’ territories.”