Nature and Man: Myths about Science
Science is about understanding ourselves and the universe we live in. The following is an example:
|Above captured from http://www.ipcc.ch/publications_and_data/ar4/wg1/en/ch10s10-es-13-tropical-cyclones.html|
The above is from the IPCC report on climate change in 2007. Yolanda, of course, is not yet a direct evidence of anthropogenic effects on climate. But Yolanda did happen. And we have now seen the energy unleashed by a typhoon as strong as Yolanda. How much can a developing or poor country like the Philippines prepare for a strong typhoon like Yolanda? Michael Muskal of the LA Times provides the perspective to help us answer this question:
Katrina caused a thousand deaths while Sandy killed more than a hundred in the United States. Sandy passed through one of the most developed and affluent regions in the world. Yolanda passed through among the poorest regions in the world.
There is not really that much that science could do at this point to help prepare for these storms. But there is something that we all could still do. And it is during the aftermath. One should not forget that Katrina became a real disaster in the US because of the poor response made by the government after the storm has long passed. At this time, it is really pointless to talk and dwell on "what should have been done". Now is the time that we must simply extend a helping hand....
From CNN, http://edition.cnn.com/2013/11/09/world/iyw-how-to-help-typhoon-haiyan/index.html?c&page=3