Friday, November 15, 2013

Putting typhoons into perspective

FilAmBlogger at Belmont Club reminds everyone that typhoons/cyclones are just not that unusual in South Asia and SEAsia, so all the hyperventillation about "global warming" is a bit off base.

WeatherUnderground has a list here.

Indeed, even though there are headlines estimating that in the Philippine typhoon there may be about 10 000 deaths (not a confirmed number, but one suspects  it might be close to the mark), one has to remember that a cyclone a couple years ago that hit Burma killed 130 thousand people.

Ah, but Burma has a military dictatorship that hindered outside aid (and news cameras) from getting the story out.

If a person dies quietly without CNN coverage, is he just as dead?

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