Previously, I wrote about adverse climate changes leaving trails of destruction around the world. Like depressing news on financial markets, subprime and credit crisis, there seems to be no end in sight for storms and floods either.
The latest casualty is Philippines. Fengshen (or “God of Wind” in Chinese) is the sixth typhoon to reach Philippines this year. It made landfall in Samar on June 20 and traveled northwards. At least 160 people were killed as the typhoon resulted in torrential rain, floods and mudslides. 30,000 people were forced onto rooftops when a nearby reservoir burst.
In nearby Bicol, more than 200 thousand people sought temporary shelter from the typhoon. A ferry, the Princess of the Stars, was stranded near Sibuyan Island, and the Philippine Coast Guard is still struggling to make rescue attempts.
By June 22, Fengshen is anticipated to hit central Luzon and head for Hongkong, Taiwan and the mainland the next day.
Hosting the Olympics Games may signify the rise of modern China but there is little cheer for its people. China has bore the brunt of nature’s wrath this year. Natural disasters occurring at times of economic hardship are especially frustrating.
The government is already struggling with soaring food prices, fuel costs, low reserves in banks, and declining stock market. Now, more resources have to be allocated to relief and reconstruction efforts.
Demand for energy by developing nations wiil lead to world energy use to surge by 50% from 2005 to 2030. This is spurred by their expanding population and rapid economic growth. Without any new laws restricting greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide emissions will see a similar jump.
Coal use is also expected to soar – increasing 64% by 2030 but it is a dirty fuel which cause severe pollution to the environment.
Terrible scenario… I dread to think of Mother Earth and the natural disasters we will be facing in 2030.