Upcoming Events

International | Environment

no events match your query!

New Events


no events posted in last week

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds


Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link We Make Our Own History: Discussion and Book Launch Mon Nov 16, 2015 13:59 | Laurence Cox

offsite link Reflections on Water Movement and Right2Change Development Tue Nov 10, 2015 14:31 | Jimmy Dignam

offsite link November Socialist Voice is Now Available Online Mon Nov 09, 2015 21:49 | Communist Party of Ireland

offsite link Championing the Self-Employed Thu Nov 05, 2015 22:51 | Michael Taft

offsite link Begruding the Recovery Tue Nov 03, 2015 15:36 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link Kautsky – The crisis of capitalism and the shortening of working time Mon Nov 09, 2015 22:34 | James O'Brien

offsite link How to do better things with words Fri Oct 23, 2015 07:38 | modulus

offsite link Syriza and Israel: Syriza’s response Thu Aug 20, 2015 18:10 | yeksmesh

offsite link What does a Corbyn victory mean? Tue Aug 18, 2015 00:32 | Sami El-Sayed

offsite link SYRIZA: Was capitulation inevitable? Fri Jul 17, 2015 14:14 | Sami El-Sayed

Spirit of Contradiction >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link Tom Lyons: A journalist unlikely to ask the tough questions

offsite link Breaking news: Sinn Fein responsible for IBRC farce Anthony

offsite link Atheist Ireland banned while Iona Institute enjoys full access to schools Anthony

offsite link Political lies cause suffering and death. Enda Kenny is a political liar Anthony

offsite link Why the State is targetting Sinn Fein Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link The Saker Community Announcement on the Essential Saker Book and the Call for Networking Help Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:40 | Scott
Dear friends, I just want to give you a brief update on the Saker?s book sales. As you know, it had launched on November 17th and to our pleasant surprise

offsite link Report from Crimea by Auslander Wed Nov 25, 2015 17:28 | Saker-Admin
Auslander posted this sitrep in our comment section. I have reposted it here for all to read. (Webmaster) The situation in Krimea and Sevastopol is serious. The power coming to

offsite link The NATO destruction of the RuAF SU-24 Fencer and Turkish murder of the Russian servicemen Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:44 | Scott
Russia?s Interdiction of ISIS-Turkey Oil Trade and Attacks on Turkmen jihadi militants Poses Risk of Enlargement of Syrian Conflict UPDATED By: JiminNH The increasing velocity of events in Syria indicates

offsite link Syria-Iraq Battlespace, Nov. 25, 2015 Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:04 | Scott

offsite link Foreign Policy Diary ? Ukraine Launches Energy War Against Crimea Wed Nov 25, 2015 13:00 | Scott

The Saker >>

A Call for Donations to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

category international | environment | press release author Monday November 11, 2013 12:18author by Akbayan (Citizens Action Party) Report this post to the editors

Akbayan Partylist, through its #Akbayanihan Relief Drive, is again calling on the public for donations and volunteers to help the victims of super typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda).


According to reports, the storm’s path decimated entire towns leaving hundreds of thousands of families displaced and injured, with the death toll expected to climb as high as 10,000.

We have seen the horrific devastation. Let us now close ranks and help each other.

Donations in cash and kind

For donations in kind, we are specifically requesting bottled water, powdered milk, medicines (anti-biotics, wound care supplies and pain relievers), toiletries, clothing and footwear. Please send them to Akbayan’s National Office at 36B Madasalin St. Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.

For donations in cash, please send it directly to Akbayan Citizens' Action Party, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI), Kalayaan branch 1991 0086 55. Financial donations will be used to address the relief and rehabilitation needs of the typhoon victims. We request that you email the validated deposit slip to media.info@akbayan.org.ph for proper acknowledgment. You may also opt to fax it to (632) 433 6831.


We are specifically calling for two types of volunteers: 1) Medical Volunteers such as doctors, nurses, medical students and/or any other medical giver who are ready to serve, and 2) All-around Volunteers who can help in preparing food packs, transporting and distributing relief foods, assisting in rescue and recovery, etc.

Volunteers must be ready to travel (by air or sea) and stay for at least a week in areas severely affected by the typhoon such as Region 7 (Daang Bantayan and Bantayan) and Region 8 (Tacloban, Palo, Ormoc, Dulag, Tolosa, Guiuan etc.)

To volunteer, please get in touch with Dondon Chan at mobile no. 0917 835 0342. You can also call the Akbayanihan secretariat at telephone numbers 433 6933 and 433 6831.

Thank you for your continuing support for our kababayan devastated by this calamity.

For more information, please contact the Akbayanihan Secretariat at:

Akbayan Partylist National Office
36B Madasalin St. Sikatuna Village, Quezon City.
Telephone nos. (632) 433 6933 and (632) 433 6831
Email address: media.info@akbayan.org.ph


Related Link: https://akbayan.org.ph




author by Tpublication date Wed Nov 13, 2013 13:26Report this post to the editors

Whilst this may detract from the appeals for help, it has a bearing on determining when a typhoon like Haiyan is likely to strike again.

The sea surface temperatures of the Pacific Ocean have been abnormally hot this year and one of the key drivers of source of energy for a hurricane is the temperature of the sea because this allows more water to evaporate and it is when the water vapor condenses a while later back into water, it releases that heat again and hurricanes are basically huge heat engines. In fact a water temperature of 26 deg Celsius is considered the trigger.

Robert Fannéy (the science fiction writer who has an interest in science) reports on his blog and is reported elsewhere that this was possibly the strongest hurricane/typhoon ever recorded.

He writes:

Very hot ocean waters ranging from 1 to 5 degrees Celsius above the 1980-2000 average throughout much of 2013 have spawned numerous severe weather events throughout the Western Pacific. On January 1rst, the first tropical cyclone of 2013 formed, not waiting even a day to begin what would prove to be an explosive, record season.

Throughout 2013, cyclones continued to form so that by November 81 cyclones had ripped through this region of the Pacific. Of this number, 38 storms were tropical depressions, 30 were tropical storms, and 13 were hurricanes. Four of these hurricanes were category 5 monsters.

.....Ocean heat temperature maps seem to be painting a bulls eye on the Western Pacific. And, for 2013, large swaths of water in this area continued to boast temperatures in excess of 90 degrees (F) (32.2 C). This abnormally hot water enhanced evaporation and fueled various extreme weather events including the massive spate of tropical systems as well as the record floods seen in the Amur region of Russia and China.

As with many other extreme warming events, the regional warming seen in the western Pacific cannot be entirely separated from an ongoing global warming trend. August of 2013 boasted the world’s hottest ocean temperatures ever recorded. September 2013 tied 2005 for the hottest September on record. Extreme heating provides more energy for storms, droughts, and other extreme weather events. For each degree Celsius of global temperature increase, the hydrological cycle (the rate at which water evaporates and precipitates) increases by around 7 percent. Such an increase makes droughts more extreme even as it provides added heat and moisture fuel to increase the intensity of storms.

So as we can see these high temperatures do not bode well and very strongly point to a high probability of this happening again.

This is not good news for the people in that part of the world.

Seasonal Ocean Surface Temps, Average Value, August-November, 2013. Image Source: NOAA
Seasonal Ocean Surface Temps, Average Value, August-November, 2013. Image Source: NOAA

Related Link: http://robertscribbler.wordpress.com/2013/11/07/haiyan-...1980/
© 2001-2015 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy