News Analysis: Killer Typhoons in Philippines Blamed on Climate Change
As the death toll from typhoon Bopha (local name Pablo) increased to 418 on Friday and is still rising, experts and analysts say killer typhoons that hit the Philippines are caused by the climate change.
According to the Global Climate Risk Index, the Philippines had the world’s highest death toll caused by weather-related disasters last year.
A total of 1,659 people died from typhoons, floods, landslides, and heavy rains in 2011 in the Philippines, the study released Wednesday by Germanwatch on the sidelines of a major UN climate change conference now ongoing in Doha, Qatar, said.
The two-week Doha conference, attended by climate officials from some 200 countries, is being held while Philippine authorities are still feverishly searching for more victims of typhoon Bopha.
The official death toll from the typhoon as of Friday morning has been placed by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), the government agency monitoring disasters in the Philippines, at 418.