My prayers go out to all those killed (more than 22,000?!) by the Cyclone in Myanmar (Burma). Hopefully the junta government will accept international aid to prevent this number from rising higher. It’s criminal to think the government knew about the coming storm, but did little to warn citizens.
Whether or not you believe a massive cyclone (like a Category 4 hurricane) is caused by global climate change, perhaps we should debate this 2007 research:
Fourteen months ago, Gordon McGranahan, a UK researcher, warned that 634 million people — one tenth of the global population — live in coastal areas that lie within just 32 feet above sea level.
“It is too late to rely solely on a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to mitigate climate change, although this is clearly an imperative,” says McGranahan. “Migration away from the zone at risk will be necessary but costly and hard to implement, so coastal settlements will also need to be modified to protect residents.” (Source: International Institute for Environment and Development. “Climate Change: Study Maps Those At Greatest Risk From Cyclones And Rising Seas.” ScienceDaily 28 March 2007).
Rangoon, home to 4 million residents was reportedly demolished. The city lies some 20 miles from the ocean, somewhat similar to Miami, New Orleans and Houston. Thankfully, American cities are far more prepared for natural disasters than poor countries.
[side note]: Remember, it’s too late to plan for a natural disaster when the storm is coming. Develop your family emergency plan today at www.texasprepares.org