Supertyphoon Haiyan Claims 10,000
As of today, officials have confirmed 10,000 lives lost after Supertyphoon Haiyan made landfall and devastated large parts of the Pacific. Reports so far indicate that this was the most powerful, most intense typhoon to ever make landfall, with sustained winds of more than 195 mph.
The IPCC issued a report on climate change recently that laid out the risks of global climate change, and an increase in extreme weather events was one many of the expected consequences. As the ocean heats, storms will continue to increase in power and destructive force.
The climate has definitively warmed, with the temperatures over the last 17 years significantly higher than temperatures experienced a hundred years ago. Our oceans are currently gaining heat at a rate equivalent to four Hiroshima-sized bombs every second. It is inevitable that the seas will return this energy to the atmosphere in the form of cyclones and hurricanes.