Typhoon Haiyan: Philippines prepares climate change plans for worse to come

Extreme weather is already frequent but is becoming the new normal, according to the country’s climate change commission

Simon Tisdall
theguardian.com, Monday 11 November 2013

As the impact of climate change grows ever more marked, the ill-starred Philippines, lying prone and vulnerable at the windswept eastern end of the Pacific, is becoming a hothouse for developing new methods and systems in the growing business of disaster relief. But as super-typhoon Haiyan cruelly demonstrated, it still has a long way to go.

The Philippines averages about 20 typhoons a year, including three super-typhoons plus numerous incidents of flooding, drought, earthquakes and tremors and occasional volcanic eruptions, making it one of the most naturally disaster-prone countries in the world.

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