Typhoon Haiyan, that hit the Philippines a few days ago, seems to have been a truly devastating event. Maybe as many as 10000 dead and more than a million needing aid and support. I will even give a hat-tip to Watts Up With That (WUWT) who are encouraging people to donate to the Philippine Red Cross. I do think they’ve spoiled it a little by turning it into an ethical challenge for Greg Laden. I don’t think these kind of challenges are particularly positive. It may do some good if it helps to encourage more aid giving, but I don’t think the if you don’t give to this charity you’re not ethical rhetoric is all that helpful. Similar, giving to charity because of such a challenge doesn’t suddenly make you ethical. However, if you wish to donate some money you can follow the above link to the Philippine Red Cross, and I acknowledge that it was WUWT that made me aware of that site.
There’s been quite a lot said about Typhoon Haiyan on both sides of the global warming/climate change debate and I was halfway through writing a post of my own. However, I can’t really bring myself to say much more. If you do want to read about Typhoon Haiyan, and what it might imply with respect to climate change and global warming, the best I’ve encountered – through a tweet by Kevin Anchukaitis – is an article by Andrew Freeman called Super Typhoon Haiyan: A hint of what’s to come. It seems quite balanced and presents, quite clearly as far as I can tell, our current understanding of the scientific evidence. I will admit, however, that this is a topic about which I’m not that familiar so there may well be other aspects about which I’m unaware. That’s, partly, what the comments are for. I would ask that if anyone does comment, that they consider the tragic nature of the event when composing their comments.