Super Typhoon Noru Sweeps Across Philippines

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The Facts

  • Super Typhoon Noru (known locally as "Karding") impacted the Philippines on Sunday and Monday - affecting over 122K people, damaging 655 houses, and destroying farmlands and infrastructure. The storm underwent one of the most rapid intensifications in the history of the Pacific basin before landfall.

  • At least six people have died, including five rescuers operating in floodwaters. Gov. Daniel Fernando of the Bulacan province hailed the responders as "living heroes who were helping save the lives of our countrymen amid this calamity."

The Spin

Narrative A

The rapid intensification of this super typhoon was extraordinary. The potential role of climate change on these turbo-charged storms has particular relevance for the Philippines. Battling about 20 named storms each year, this Asia-Pacific nation is struggling to protect its communities in a warming world.

Narrative B

It's easy to dismiss any extreme weather event as a consequence of climate change, but in reality, these tragedies are usually influenced by a myriad of factors that have little to nothing to do with it. More research is needed before we can establish any direct causal link between any specific storm and climate change.

Nerd narrative

There is a 5% chance that if a global catastrophe occurs it will be due to either human-made climate change or geoengineering, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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