Yeb Sano says devastation left by Typhoon Haiyan has left him determined to fight for ambitious climate deal in Warsaw
“We have not seen any money from the rich countries to help us to adapt … We cannot go on like this. It cannot be a way of life that we end up running always from storms,” he says.
Sano acknowledges it is currently hard to attribute single events to climate change. IPCC climate scientists currently have ‘low confidence’ that the intensity of tropical cyclones has increased since the 1950s, although they believe it is ‘likely’ they will increase in the late 21st century.
Instead, he points to Bopha and Haiyan as a warning of what is to come for coastal communities in South Asia.
“The physics is quite simple, that if you have warming oceans it will generate storms, especially intense storms,” he says.
“Climate change means we face a future where super typhoons will no longer be one-in-one hundred year events… and we refuse to accept a process that will allow a future where Super Typhoons would happen every year, and that’s what happening.”
NOTE: Yeb Sano is now fasting until the participants make meaningful progress! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24899647
The category 5 typhoon was one of the strongest storms in recorded history.
Every little amount helps, even just £1 or $1 will help someone with some food and water.
For those of you in Cebu, here are some donation centres I have come across, and a handy formula for putting together goods.
- UP Cebu (see above)
- Gilt, Crossroads: indicate where you want your donations to go (Bantayan/ Leyte/ Northern Cebu)
- GK Cebu - Old Sacred Heart School Campus
- DiveLink for Malapascua - 35-B Amon Court , Salinas Drive, Lahug Cebu City.
NB. Plastic from the thousands of packs of relief goods can cause untold environmental damage, not to mention clogging water ways leading to flooding in the future. It happened in Manila last year, it can happen again. Please consider this thoughful way of giving a t-shirt as well as food and water:
Malapascua Island, Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan/ Yolanda by Edmund JY Porter
This is me, begging for your help. http://www.redcross.org.ph/donate
Those of you who have been following this blog for a while will know that Malapascua has essentially been my second home since 2011. I’ve worked with the Thresher Shark Research and Conservation Project, and with Green Fins on the island, and used to live at the top end of the beach in this photo. The buildings in the top photo are houses and businesses of my friends, places I’ve eaten, locations of many a merry night. I can’t even wrap my head around it.
Like so many other places in the Philippines, it has been absolutely devastated by the typhoon, the strongest to ever make landfall in recorded history. 90% of buildings are completely written off. Miraculously, or thankfully to excellent preparation, there are no reports of casualties or fatalities, however today is the first day that aid has been able to reach the island.
Due to the damage from the storm, the hardest hit places have been without power, phone signal, or road access since Friday, a cruel irony that aid is hardest to deliver to the places that need it the most.
The typhoon made landfall six times, and we’re only gaining a glimpse of the extent of the damage now. Already over 10,000 people are feared dead. And communication hasn’t even been set up with some affected areas, this number is only going to rise.
It is heartbreaking, that hundreds and thousands of people have no shelter, food or electricity. My family is still waiting to hear from my cousin and her family in Leyte, and our house in the North of Cebu is wrecked.
[EDIT: 11/11/13 Heard they are safe!!!]
I consider myself exceptionally lucky, and yet I feel totally hopeless unable to go to these places.
I cannot overstate the level of destruction that we’re seeing. It’s war-like. It’s all I can do to not cry. So I’m going to do the only thing I can, beg for your help. Filipinos are resilient and resourceful, and as a nation, we’ll pick ourselves up and get on with it, but we desperately need your help to get there.
Please donate. Please.
You have so many options. You can donate to a general fund like the Red Cross, be it in your country or directly to Philippines:
You can donate directly to Malapascua, details here:
I will continue to post, battery life allowing, more updates and options for aid.
There are people out there who won’t be paying close attention, because it doesn’t directly affect them. I could even name a few friends of mine. There are some who think the scale of the disaster has been sensationalised. I can assure you it has not.
It’s still pretty windy where I am as you can see but all is generally well. Few tree falls but most roofs stayed on houses. No power yet so just a quick post from me
We’re still waiting to hear from the worst hit areas that don’t have phone signal.
More updates when the power is on.
Thanks again for your lovely thoughts and wishes but I’m fine - please consider sending aid to those in dire need.
Super Typhoon Haiyan, one of the strongest storms ever seen, hit the Philippines with record force
MAAMB: This typhoon broke the scale. Pak!
The storm (known as Yolanda in the Philippines) has officially maxed out the Dvorak scale, which is used to measure strong strength using satellites. That means Haiyan has approached the theoretical maximum intensity for any storm, anywhere. From the latest NOAA bulletin:
DVORAK TECHNIQUE MAKES NO ALLOWANCE FOR AN EYE EMBEDDED SO DEEPLY IN CLOUD TOPS AS COLD [AS THIS]
Put another way, the most commonly used satellite-based intensity scale just wasn’t designed to handle a storm this strong. At its peak, one real-time estimate of the storm’s intensity actually ticked slightly above the maximum to 8.1 on an 8.0 scale. This meteorologist, for one, has never seen that before.
It’s nearly inconceivable that any weather station would survive such conditions for very long to verify, so we may never know exactly how strong this storm was. There have only been a handful of storms anywhere on Earth (pdf) that have reached this estimated intensity—and only three since 1969. Such strong storms usually remain out at sea where wind speed verification is impossible without aircraft.
MAAMB: Already battering the south, it’s eerily calm where I am. We’re expecting it to kick off for us this evening. They’ll cut the power later, and I’ve got posts in the queue and food, water and a sturdy house which is more than I can say for so many Filipinos.
Preparations have been going on for days, but the humanitarian and environmental disaster of this storm is, for me right now, inconceivable. The news is already brimming with images of disaster and flooding in the islands at the frontline. With the human suffering comes damage to coastal ecosystems which this country heavily relies on, and to add insult to injury, an untold amount of trash and debris will be washed out to sea.
One of the islands closest to my heart, Malapascua, home of the diving industry centred around Thresher Sharks was hit early this morning. Reports of 7m storm surges are flying around the internet. I can’t even comprehend the damage to that tiny island, where people will definitely be stuck since storm warnings have cancelled boats.
We’re going to need your help after this, of that I have no doubt.
I would like to invite any climate change deniers to come join us here in the Philippines for the next 24 hours.
Thank you all for your well-wishes, but I’m sure I’ll be fine. I’m not on the direct path of the storm. Send your thoughts to those who aren’t so fortunate, and after the storm, send them your food/medicine/money/clothes.
I think the correct term for this is “Oh Shit”
I can totally handle a Category 5 Super Typhoon on my own right?
Well, the local boys are still playing basketball, but I did see a man bring in his goats.
As the skies darken and the rain starts, I feel incredibly lucky to be in sturdy accommodation. My thoughts are will all of those who have been evacuated and those who have to weather this monstrosity in less-than-secure housing. As if poverty isn’t enough of a hard life, those with less in life are always hit the hardest.
Stay safe Philippines. Remember:
Who Will Win Control of the South China Sea?
This is the best article I’ve read all year.
The dispute between China and the Philippines about Scarborough Shoal made headlines last year, but the issue of multiple nations claiming the shoal, and the nearby Spratly islands has since dropped out of the public eye.
This article takes you right into the frontline, which is probably the most unique situation in which people are protecting national sovereignty, from a beached, rusting, pot-holed old US navy ship.
It’s a complex situation, but the article does an amazing job of taking you through it step by step.
Topic of the day : Earthquakes
My alarm clock this morning was a 7.2 magnitude earthquake from a neighbouring island (Bohol). There have been loads of aftershocks, reports reaching over 100, some big, some small.
There’s been lots of fatalities and damage to some of the country’s oldest buildings, beautiful aging spanish churches.
Everyone’s fine at my house, but we did differ in our reactions. Some stood in doorways, some rushed into the garden…and we seem to be swapping in the aftershocks, which begs the question: what are you supposed to do in an earthquake?
This local blog post has a really interesting infographic, and some photos from today’s event.
I post this because earthquakes of this size aren’t all that common here and a lot of us are disaster unprepared. Might as well have the latest advice in your head when that unexpected fight or flight kicks in.
Coffee and aftershocks.
All is well though.