You can't make it up XXXXI - Philippines typhoon deaths blamed on - guess what? (09 nov 13)
Thousands of Philippinas are dying in a massive typhoon, and the hacks blame it on climate change:
By attributing the deaths to "climate change", the media are effectively saying nothing can be done. Even if they could emotionally blackmail the inhabitants of rich countries to halve their oil consumption, even the IPCC's models predict virtually no effect on the alleged menace of anthropogenic warming.
What they could say is that people who live in countries menaced by typhoons, tsunamis, sea level rise etc. need to organize, and rid themselves of corrupt governments incapable of organizing, housing and emergency services capable of reducing the death toll from natural disasters.
An earthquake in China would kill dozens of times more people than the same earthquake in San Francisco. That's because Califormia has the wealth, culture and organization to reinforce buildings, bridges and roads to make them more earthquake-proof. It's the same with weather. Even hurricane Katrina, which struck the most corrupt part of the USA in 2005, and whose hurricane defences were organized by a branch of the Pentagon, killed fewer people than the Galveston hurricane of 1900 or the Okeechobee hurricane of 1928. That's because living conditions have improved. It's nothing to do with global warming.
An example of some of the attitudes which hinder the development of comparable conditions in the Philippines can be seen in the picture. The more you believe praying to the Virgin Mary can help save people from disasters, the less you believe in the need for better material conditions. The maximum benefit is 100%. If praying can take you half way there, you are half as inclined to fix the material issues as someone who believes praying has no effect at all.
After writing the above post, I came across this, by Bjørn Lomborg, which basically concurs with what I said above, and backs it up with science:
It is phenomenal. Climate campaigners like John Vidal in Guardian keeps arguing that the terrible typhoon Haiyan shows we need to do more about global warming.
http://models.weatherbell.com/tropical.php). The global ACE is at 74%.