Supertyphoon Neoguri is the latest in a steadily escalating series of superstorm cyclones, gathering far more water volume and total wind force into cyclonic storm systems that threaten human populations. The superstorm was, yesterday, moving directly toward the largest US military base in the Asia-Pacific region. By the time the storm made landfall, it had declined to typhoon status but still hit Okinawa with dangerous winds, rainfall, storm surge and flood risk. The trend toward more massive, higher strength supertyphoons poses a mounting threat to US national security interests and geopolitical stability across the Pacific.

The dangers are made worse by already increased sea levels, which, as with Superstorm Sandy or Supertyphoon Haiyan, pose an unprecedented threat of catastrophic storm surge events.

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Written by Joseph Robertson

Joseph is Global Strategy Director for the non-partisan non-profit Citizens' Climate Lobby. He coordinates the building of CCL's citizen engagement groups on 5 continents, leads the Citizens' Climate Engagement Network and represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes. He is a member of the Executive Board of the UN-linked NGO Committee on Sustainable Development-NY and of the Policy and Strategy Group for the World We Want. He is also the founder of and the Geoversiv Foundation and the lead strategist supporting the high-level climate dialogue series Accelerating Progress, Advancing Innovation.

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