” … to make landfall anywhere in the world on record” (Capital Weather Gang). This is an image of Super Typhoon Haiyan making landfall on November 8th in the Philippines. I’m not looking forward to more record-breaking weather! Devastating human impacts from such events are obvious, but whether or not they provide the incentive to change our behavior to limit greenhouse gas emissions remains to be seen. UPDATE: Now we know. A terrible tragedy. Some of the most significant climate activism has originated in the Philippines. Their vulnerability has been undeniable all along.
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An article by Zach Beauchamp in ThinkProgress explores the effect of income inequality on disaster impacts.
Inequality was, the researchers found, the single most important predictor of vulnerability to storm damage — variation in the wealth of individual counties alone explained 12.4 percent of the differences in the impact of natural disasters between counties.
And from Kathleen Tierney at the University of Colorado:
The lack of affordable housing in U.S. metropolitan areas forces the poor to live in substandard housing that is often located in physically vulnerable areas and also to live in overcrowded housing conditions. Manufactured housing may be the only viable housing option for people with limited resources, but mobile homes can become death traps during hurricanes and tornadoes…disaster evacuation scenarios are also based on other assumptions, such as the idea that in addition to having their own transportation, households also have the financial resources to leave endangered communities when ordered to do so. This is definitely not true for the poor.
Hurricane Sandy dealt a major blow to the New York City metro area. The website, Manhattan Past, notes the historic landscape pattern inherent in the city’s modern day evacuation routes. Landscape memory, recording the history of the landfill that created the Manhattan of today. Yesterday’s newfound real estate, today’s and tomorrow’s flood inundation zone, thanks to climate change.
Another key map comes from the Angela Fritz’s WunderBlog on the Weather Underground site. Record warm Atlantic waters fueled Sandy.