The COP18 climate change negotiations have now concluded in Doha. According to the BBC:
UN climate talks in Doha have closed with a historic shift in principle but few genuine cuts in greenhouse gases.
The summit established for the first time that rich nations should move towards compensating poor nations for losses due to climate change.
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Whilst we wait to see what pronouncements emerge from the COP18 climate change talks in Doha over the next day or two, back in the Philippines the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council report in their 5:00 PM bulletin on December 7th that concerning what they call "lifelines":
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Typhoon Bopha is very unusual. According to Jeff Masters' Weather Underground blog yesterday, she is:
The 2nd most southerly typhoon ever recorded in the Western Pacific. Bopha became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth's rotation to get themselves spinning.
An unfortunate side effect of the southerly track of Bopha is that:
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According to the latest advisory bulletin issued by the United States Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC for short), based at Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, Tropical Storm Bopha has now developed hurricane force winds, and is therefore now classified as a typhoon:
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