Typhoon Haiyan and Climate Change

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Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines, where it is known as Typhoon Yolanda, a week ago. It is one of the most catastrophic natural disasters on record in that region, and many Western media outlets and academics have called for international climate change action as a result. MSNBC, The Washington Post, and Scientific American among others have connected Typhoon Haiyan to climate change, and members of the Filipino leadership have expressed public outrage at the international community's indifference to what they have described as the "climate crisis."

 

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What do you think is the connection between Typhoon Haiyan and climate change?
 Climate change was not a factor contributing to Typhoon Haiyan
 Climate change was one of many factors contributing to Typhoon Haiyan
 I think discussing the connection between climate change and Typhoon Haiyan is a wrongful politicization of the tragedy
 Climate change caused Typhoon Haiyan

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