Just over a week ago Typhoon Haiyan smashed into the Philippines. Thought to be the strongest storm ever to make landfall, Haiyans sustained 235kph winds brought devastation. More than 2,000 are known to have lost their lives and hundreds of thousands are homeless. Meanwhile, Haiyan has brought environmental disaster too. Millions of uprooted trees will bump up global warming, by adding carbon to the atmosphere.

It is too early to say how much carbon, but calculations for previous tropical cyclones show the figures can be huge. In 2005 Hurricane Katrina released an estimated 105 teragrams of carbon (well over half the amount absorbed annually by forests in the US), by tearing up around 320m trees. Haiyans tally may be even higher, as the Philippines has greater average tree cover than the eastern US.
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