Supertyphoons a Mounting Threat to US Military

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 is the lead strategist supporting the Acceleration Dialogues (diplomatic climate-solutions roundtables) and Resilience Intel—an effort to move the world to 100% climate-smart finance. Joseph represents CCL in the Carbon Pricing Leadership Coalition, the UNFCCC negotiations, and other UN processes, and is founder of the Geoversiv Foundation and Live Your Democracy—an online periodical promoting engaged, non-partisan civics. His articles appear from time to time in the Guardian.

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