Humanist Crisis Response: Haiyan Typhoon

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PROJECT LAUNCH: 08 November 2013

SUMMARY: Super Typhoon Haiyan, Philippines

A super typhoon that the US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center has called the most powerful storm to make landfall anywhere on Earth in recorded history devastated the Philippines on November 8 (local). Over 10 million people were in the path of the storm, which is 300 miles across with a wind speeds up to 235mph and tidal surges of 12-15 feet. On the Dvorak Scale, which measures tropical cyclone intensity on a scale of 1.0-8.0, Haiyan has rated a full 8.0. The force was 3.5 times greater than Hurricane Katrina.

UPDATE 09 NOV 1445 ET: Forty hours after landfall, details have begun to emerge from the areas hardest hit. Damage is tsunami level; well over 1,000 are feared dead; hundreds of thousands are stranded and in desperate need of food and water. Multiple local and international agencies are scrambling to respond to the humanitarian need, which includes residents who lost their homes in an earthquake several weeks ago and were forced to ride out the storm in makeshift shelters.

Foundation Beyond Belief has selected CITIZENS' DISASTER RESPONSE CENTER, a seasoned and effective community-based relief organization in the Philippines, as the beneficiary of the current drive. 100 percent of all donations will be forwarded to CDRC throughout the course of the drive.

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36 COMMENTS

  1. I was appalled my country Canada donated only $5 million dollars, the cost of 5 average homes, $0.14 per citizen.

    We Canadians won the Fossil Award for worst nation on earth when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions heat the air is a process that has been understood since the 1800s. From there it heats the oceans. It has been known for a very long time that hurricanes are caused by air rising of heated ocean water. Big storms come from hotter water. In other words, Canada is indirectly responsible for inflicting Haiyan on the Philippines.

    • Nothing to do with global warming, it is god’s punishment for legalising condoms!

      In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      I was appalled my country Canada donated only $5 million dollars, the cost of 5 average homes, $0.14 per citizen.

      We Canadians won the Fossil Award for worst nation on earth when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions heat the air is a process that has been understood since the 1800s….

    • It would seem our government is not quite as cheap as you make out. Last night on the CBC news a report indicated the Feds would match $ for$ any contributions made to Philippine disaster relief with no upper limit! Unfortunately the time frame for Federal matches only runs to December 8th..jcw

      In reply to #1 by Roedy:

      I was appalled my country Canada donated only $5 million dollars, the cost of 5 average homes, $0.14 per citizen.

      We Canadians won the Fossil Award for worst nation on earth when it comes to greenhouse gas emissions. The emissions heat the air is a process that has been understood since the 1800s….

  2. Roedy, Yesterday, Australia pledged $800,000 and today bumped it up to $11 million. Not to worry, the philippines is primarily a christian country, principally catholic – so I’m sure the pope will be digging deep into their gold reserves. You think?

    • In reply to #2 by msloane:

      Roedy, Yesterday, Australia pledged $800,000 and today bumped it up to $11 million. Not to worry, the philippines is primarily a christian country, principally catholic – so I’m sure the pope will be digging deep into their gold reserves. You think?

      He can summon the prayers of a Catholics across the world. That’s a lot more useful than gold!

      Michael

      • In reply to #3 by mmurray:

        In reply to #2 by msloane:

        Roedy, Yesterday, Australia pledged $800,000 and today bumped it up to $11 million. Not to worry, the philippines is primarily a christian country, principally catholic – so I’m sure the pope will be digging deep into their gold reserves. You think?

        He can summon the pra…

        Actually, I was thinking along the lines of doing something that would make a difference, such as financial assistance as opposed to asking that the laws of the universe be annulled and truly expecting that it will happen. Pray is how to do nothing and still think you’re helping.

        • In reply to #5 by msloane:

          In reply to #3 by mmurray:

          In reply to #2 by msloane:

          Roedy, Yesterday, Australia pledged $800,000 and today bumped it up to $11 million. Not to worry, the philippines is primarily a christian country, principally catholic – so I’m sure the pope will be digging deep into their gold reserves. You t…

          It’s so sad that in the midst of such awful disasters we still find time to pontificate on who should help and how and have a dig at certain organisations instead of taking our own narrow minded blinkers off and doing something positive.
          BTW Cafod, Catholic Relief Services are already on the ground working with other faith based and secular aid agencies.

        • In reply to #5 by msloane:

          In reply to #3 by mmurray:

          In reply to #2 by msloane:

          Actually, I was thinking along the lines of doing something that would make a difference,

          Yes I know. Sorry. I was trying to be sarcastic. It doesn’t work so well in text!

          Michael

  3. The climate scientists accurately predict more frequent and more intense storms, resulting from CO2, NO2, and CH4 emissions.

    Those countries responsible for escalating these problems, can give a tiny part of their carbon profits to slightly mitigate the effects, in order to appear charitable – while denying responsibility, and continuing to escalate the problems.

    The planet and laws of physics, do not care about the small-minded god-delusions of carbonaceous Luddite deniers, who choose to inflict more of this on more people!

    • Alan4,
      One of my relatives was sincerely asking me questions about science. He has started a new job and it is opening his eyes! The new job requires him to sell products that purify water and air in houses. He does a series of water tests on the prospective customer’s water (the tests are chemistry–pure and simple) and he also samples the air and does air quality tests. He know know s about cryptosporidia, free radicals, minerals, hardness, pH, Methane, CO2, etc…

      When he was learning the job (it required memorization of a 43 page script), I sat with him a few times to go over the tests, how to conduct them, what they mean, how the science works… you get the picture..

      Anyway, he would say things to me like. “Those free radicals, they are make believe, right?” AND, “That methane, it doesn’t really cause the atmosphere to heat up, does it?” I was alarmed.

      He has done the job for close to 15 months now, and his “allegiances” to the Conservatives and his bashing of the “Libs” has taken a significant downturn in frequency (at least about global warming and such)… Point is, education is the way to demonstrate this awful scourge that mankind has allowed ourselves to perpetrate. I now enjoy talking to my relative (about this — he is a great friend of mine) because he gets it!

      So, he went from “that’s make believe, right?” to “holy shit we are causing catastrophes.” Inside one year or so. EDUCATION. The only answer.

      In reply to #9 by Alan4discussion:

      The climate scientists accurately predict more frequent and more intense storms, resulting from CO2, NO2, and CH4 emissions.

      Those countries responsible for escalating these problems, can give a tiny part of their carbon profits to slightly mitigate the effects, in order to appear charitable – whil…

    • In reply to #9 by Alan4discussion:

      The planet and laws of physics, do not care about the small-minded god-delusions of carbonaceous Luddite deniers, who choose to inflict more of this on more people!

      That sounds like Peter “the dim” Hitchens who urges Britain to resume coal mining and burning and to ignore the “mistaken dogma of man made global warming” although it must be admitted we are all guilty whenever we turn the key in the ignition of our own CO2/NO2 pump.

      • In reply to #26 by godsbuster:

        In reply to #9 by Alan4discussion:

        That sounds like Peter “the dim” Hitchens who urges Britain to resume coal mining and burning and to ignore the “mistaken dogma of man made global warming” although it must be admitted we are all guilty whenever we turn the key in the ignition of our own CO2/NO2 pump.

        True! – But some are less guilty than others:-

        http://www.technologystudent.com/energy1/bio4.htm -

        Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) often known as alcohol can be used as an environmentally friendly fuel. Brazil is currently the worlds largest producer having developed its processing industry since the 1970s. Brazil uses ethanol as a replacement fuel for petrol and diesel. Brazil has reduced its reliance on fossil fuels such oil through its enthusiastic use of ethanol. Currently twenty percent of Brazils ‘liquid’ fuel usage is ethanol based.
        However, there is a negative side. In Brazil ethanol is processed from sugar cane. Brazil is a vast country and it has the land area to grow thousands of acres of this crop. However, it has been claimed that forested areas have been cut down to provide the land required for this from of agriculture . In the USA maize is being used to produce starch. This can also be processed to give ethanol.

        Renewable energy in Brazil

        Renewable energy in Brazil accounted for more than 85.4% of the domestically produced electricity used in Brazil, according to preliminary data from the 2009 National Energy Balance, conducted by the Energy Research Corporation (EPE).[1] After the oil shocks of the 1970s, Brazil started focusing on developing alternative sources of energy, mainly sugarcane ethanol. Its large sugarcane farms helped a lot. In 1985, 91% of cars produced that year ran on sugarcane ethanol. The success of flexible-fuel vehicles, introduced in 2003, together with the mandatory E25 blend throughout the country, have allowed ethanol fuel consumption in the country to achieve a 50% market share of the gasoline-powered fleet by February 2008

  4. Is there a UK equivalent of Foundation Beyond Belief that is taking donations?

    Its easy to donate via A.N.Other charity, but those charities don’t carry an explicitly secular badge.

    It doesn’t matter, except the BBC web news links to this from its leader article, and makes no mention of all the atheists who are doing something. Bias much?

  5. If I could contribute I most certainly would, but as a family man, in the current financial climate it’s not possible for me to donate anything towards compensating for the effects of the natural one.

    It would make a refreshing change if the bankers took their noses out of the trough and stopped taking, and instead dipped in their hands to give.

    Oh! That pig just flew past again.

  6. It’s still hypocrisy, sticking-plasters on the mortal wounds, and “scraps from the rich man’s table”, I’m afraid!

    Typhoon prompts ‘fast’ by Philippines climate delegate – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24899647
    The head of the Philippines delegation at UN climate talks in Poland has said he will stop eating until participants make “meaningful” progress.

    In an emotional speech, Yeb Sano linked the “staggering” devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan to a changing climate.

    Mr Sano said he was speaking on behalf of those who lost their lives in the storm and his fast would last until “we stop this madness”.

    His speech brought tears to the eyes of other delegates and a standing ovation.

    Mr Sano said the typhoon had made land near his home area, and he had just had word that members of his family had survived.
    Climate madness

    At the opening of the two-week Conference of the Parties (Cop), Mr Sano said he was not just speaking for those who lost their lives but for the thousands who were now orphans.

    He told the meeting he would refuse to eat until progress is made.

    “In solidarity with my countrymen who are struggling to find food back home, I will now commence a voluntary fasting for the climate, this means I will voluntarily refrain from eating food during this Cop, until a meaningful outcome is in sight.”

    “What my country is going through as a result of this extreme climate event is madness, the climate crisis is madness. We can stop this madness right here in Warsaw,” he said.

    Mr Sano’s intervention unleashed a wave of emotion in the normally staid surroundings of the UN conference.

    China proposed three minutes of silence in memory of the victims. Delegates stood, some with tears in their eyes as they reflected on the scale of human loss in the super storm.

    Earlier the UN’s climate chief, Christiana Figueres, had opened the meeting saying the typhoon was part of the “sobering reality” and negotiators should go the “extra mile” in their efforts.

    Speaking at the conference centre at the national football stadium in Warsaw, Ms Figueres reminded the delegates that climate change was not a game.

    “There are no winners and losers, we all either win or lose in the future we make for ourselves.”

    In a statement, Olai Ngedikes the lead negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States (Aosis) said that the storm should motivate the work in Warsaw.

    She said that discussions on the issue of loss and damage, a key element for developing countries, must proceed at pace.

    “It has become clear that there are now impacts from climate change that can no longer be avoided.

    “It is therefore essential that we establish an international mechanism on loss and damage here in Warsaw and address this crisis once and for all,” she said.

    Despite their sympathy for the situation in the Philippines, developed nations are likely to resist a formal, legal basis for future loss and damage claims associated with climate change.

    It’s time to get a grip and politically enforce the principle of “the polluter must pay”!

    • In reply to #13 by Alan4discussion:

      It’s still hypocrisy, sticking-plasters on the mortal wounds, and “scraps from the rich man’s table”, I’m afraid!

      Typhoon prompts ‘fast’ by Philippines climate delegate – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24899647

      The head of the Philippines delegation at UN climate talks in Pol…

      Sorry to be a stats. geek, but one can’t say that Haiyan was caused by global warming, only state a probability.

      It was said that the typhoon was the most powerful in recorded history. I don’t know if that means 2,000-3,000 years, or 150-200 years of weather records. If I assume the latter, and assume there is a probability of about 0.5% per year that this would have happened anyway. If we assume that under the current climate that the probability of a typhoon this large is 5% per year, then the likelihood ratio is 0.5% to 5%, so there is about 91% chance that the typhoon was caused by current climate conditions. I’ve made up the figures, but unless the probability under “old” climate conditions is 0.0, it can never be stated that the current climate caused the typhoon, only give it a probability.

      Giving the cause of an event a probability does not unset the numerate, but I have read a report of a medical liability case where the judge stated that because their was only a 90% chance that the doctors bodged the job, and a 10% chance it was natural causes, the doctors weren’t liable. Personally, I would have awarded 90% damages, so giving “expected utility”.

      I predict climate change deniers will have the same opinion as the judge, and they are as statistically ignorant as the law.

      • In reply to #14 by God fearing Atheist:

        Sorry to be a stats. geek, but one can’t say that Haiyan was caused by global warming, only state a probability.

        It was said that the typhoon was the most powerful in recorded history. I don’t know if that means 2,000-3,000 years, or 150-200 years of weather records.

        You a quite correct that we cannot attribute specific individual events to the warming climate at the present time. However a whole list of climate records are at present being broken, and if this continues as is expected, we will be able to fit these into the pattern with hindsight in future.

        Many legal claims for injuries (silicosis, asbestosis) and industrial pollution, take place decades after the incidents which gave rise to those claims – so who knows what future litigation may bring?
        In some countries, there is already the legal precedent that the polluter should pay.

  7. Now would be a good time for China, being so close and all, to move in quickly with support. It would help their image re the current territorial disputes in the area, as well as their international image as a modern state.

  8. Whats wrong with god again? God in his mysterious ways sent a hurricane killing both young and old. If its in his plan, shouldnt god be praised once again for carrying out his plan effectively? God sure have an unusual way of inviting people to live their eternal life. Well…he also has me in his plan that I would carry out humanitarian aid to these people. But logically speaking, if his plan was to let them suffer….wouldn’t my aid be contrary to his plan. If thats really a test of faith….then it maybe wise to simply give thanks and live with it as planned.

  9. I am one to bang the drum to help out in an emergency. I once sold by fully paid for 4-bedroom house and everything I owned to help the Ethiopian famine.

    People have often told me they don’t donate anything because they don’t trust anyone to do something useful with the money. They will just steal it.

    If you do a bit of research, you will find someone you do trust. You can look at TV and see who is on the ground doing good work. They spent some of the money properly. You can ask various charities about what they think of each other. They will be hypercritical. Sometimes a neighbour will start a project, motivated perhaps by having family in the stricken region. You might be able to trust them.
    Charities have workers. Talk to them about their experiences. Perhaps you know someone there. You can send them some money directly. You can lobby your government to send the military to help.

  10. Some people are now pressing for the world to tackle the causes!

    WMO says Typhoon Haiyan is climate ‘wake-up call’ – http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24925580
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    The president of the World Bank, Kim Yong Kim, told BBC News that warming could no longer be ignored.

    He urged action to reduce emissions to minimise the likelihood of disasters like Typhoon Haiyan, which has claimed thousands of lives in the Philippines.

  11. How can god be good when he masterminded everything? From all the flaws to all the murder?From natural disasters as well….all premeditated by a will carried out in a plan. This is pure murder. If he didnt make flawed humans….we wouldn’t have murderers and the likes of it. The best part is he can setup a club of minions who actually turn their back on blaming him into kissing him with some form of mind control. Maybe this is what he means by loving your enemy. This is truly the work of a murderer who INSPIRES. One who can twist others minds into kissing the hand that harms them.

  12. Theism greatest flaw is its limited choice of vocabulary. They tend to assume everything from god….of god or even god is good. This limited thinking accounts for the greatest doubt in history why god given his omnipotent capacity still kill beings or order beings to kill other beings despite having the greatest wisdom he can ever have in the universe. Is this how far his wisdom can get him by stooping as low as man? If theist start to realise that not all heavenly things are good. Demons reside in heavens too. Then the entire history of religion for what it is becomes very clear. Who is your god really? Flippant. Full of excuses. Angry. Proud. A killer. One who treats others as servants. Jealous. Allows evil. He is no more than a heavenly demon. Like god like followers.

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