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So the Philippines are being demolished. This is what global warming denial hath wrought.

As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by NASA.

As Super-Typhoon Haiyan moved over the central Philippines on Nov. 8 at 05:10 UTC/12:10 a.m. EDT, the MODIS instrument aboard NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this visible image. Image Credit: NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team. Caption by NASA.

Haiyan made landfall as an extremely powerful super typhoon, perhaps the strongest ever recorded at landfall, with sustained winds estimated at 195 mph (315 kph) by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.  Previously, Hurricane Camille, which struck the northern Gulf Coast in 1969, held the record with 190 mph sustained winds at landfall. After striking Samar, Haiyan quickly crossed Leyte Gulf and the island of Leyte as it cut through the central Philippines.

I’m used to storms weakening as they pass over land. This one barely blinked. The havoc it’s wrought will fit right in with what Katrina did to New Orleans. Hundreds are confirmed dead, thousands missing. Homes gone. Lives destroyed. So we’re needed. If you’ve got a spare dollar, donate it for some fellow human beings who desperately need all the assistance they can get.

We’re all we’ve got, folks. One thing we know for sure as atheists: there is no help coming from above (well, not above airplanes, anyway). There’s no supernatural aid to counter the effects of a super typhoon. Just us.

Let’s do all we can.

Comments

  1. Lithified Detritus says

    Truly horrific.

    My preferred charity is Doctors Without Borders.

    I just made a small earmarked donation – a drop in the bucket, but everything helps.

    Please do what you can, using whatever charity you trust to use your money well.

  2. thewhollynone says

    This Katrina survivor will promise to chip in a penny for every million $ the Vatican gives– not collects from churches in the US, no, but gives out of its vaults in Rome. Betcha I don’t run out of pennies! The pope can write a check on the Vatican Bank, can’t he? (Like he did after Katrina– not.)

  3. paul says

    The Foundation Beyond Belief has chosen the Citizen’s Disaster Response Center as the recipient of donations. They are based in the Phillipines, and so are already “on the ground”. 100% of your donation goes to CDRC, the foundation does not take a cut.

    http://foundationbeyondbelief.org/crisis