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Amazon Deforestation Climbed 28 Percent in 12 Months

Posted by feww on November 15, 2013

5,843 km² of Brazil forest denuded in 12 months to July 2013

Deforestation rate in Brazil rose to 5,843 km² between August 2012 and July this year, a staggering rise of 28%, compared with the previous period, according to provisional figures released by the government.

More than 600,000 km² of Amazon rainforest have been destroyed in the past 40 years to make room for cattle ranching, farming and extensive transportation projects.

Agriculture accounts for almost 5.5% of the Brazil’s GDP, and is responsible for the majority of Brazil’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Cattle rest in deforested jungle near Maraba, in Brazil’s central state of Para, May 3, 2009.  Soon thousands of cows will be chewing pasture on the freshly cleared land in Brazil’s Amazon state of Para, just a tiny part of Brazil’s 200-million-strong commercial cattle herd, the world’s biggest, that makes it a beef superpower. More than 70 million are in the Amazon area, three for every person. This is where the industry has grown fastest in recent years, a trend activists say is due to cheap land, widespread illegal clearing and weak government enforcement. REUTERS/Paulo Whitaker. Images may be subject to copyright.

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Death Toll Doubles in Philippine Typhoon Disaster

Posted by feww on November 15, 2013

1.5 Percent of Philippine Population Left Homeless by ST HAIYAN

11.8million (12 percent of the population) directly affected, 1,487,040 displaced, 4,460 confirmed dead 

The Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), estimated 11.8 million people have been affected by Typhoon HAIYAN (locally known as YOLANDA) across nine regions (Eastern Visayas, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Bicol, Northern Mindanao, Davao, and Caraga).

Total number of people who have lost their homes as of 6:00am Friday, November 15, 2013 climbed to 1,487,040 persons , or 314,936 families [NDRRMC SitRep No. 20,] and rising. [ New figures are due to improved access to more areas and validation of figures, said UNOCHA.]

Typhoon Death Toll

The Government confirmed that 4,460 people have so far perished, as of 13 November 13, 2013. [Note: NDRRMC is yet to upgrade the death toll on its twice-daily bulletins.]

No of Homes Destroyed or Damaged
Some 253,049 houses have been destroyed or damaged as a result of  Super Typhoon HAIYAN. The latest figure includes 136,247 homes that have been leveled.

Cost of Damage

Official estimate for the total cost of damage to agriculture and infrastructure has been amended to PhP4,060,044,079.13.  The revised  damage estimates are substantially lower than the previous figures released by NDRRMC on November 12, 2013.  [$1 = 43.6 Philippine pesos]

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Survivors of Super Typhoon HAIYAN roaming streets of Tacloban City in search of food shortly after the deadly storm struck.

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Fuel in Tacloban City is expected to run out b y early next week.


1.  On November 9, 2013, FIRE-EARTH Models estimated the impact of Super Typhoon HAIYAN in the Philippines as a magnitude 6.2 catastrophe on the FEWW Disaster Scale, indicating large-scale regional destruction with up to 40,000 casualties.

2. FIRE-EARTH Disaster Models estimate the total cost of damage at more than $5billion.

3. Philippines population is about 99million.

This post will be updated throughout the day as more information becomes available.

Super Typhoon HAIYAN: Chronology of Disaster

Super Typhoon HAIYAN (locally known as YOLANDA) made its first
landfall in the early morning of 8 November in Guiuan, Eastern Samar province. HAIYAN made subsequent landfalls in Tolosa south of Tacloban City, Leyte province, Daanbantayan and Bantayan Island, Cebu province, Conception, Iloilo province and Busuanga, Palawan province.

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