An ill wind that can only get worse

The devastation caused from one of the world's most deadly typhoons, Super Typhoon Haiyan, may become a more frequent occurrence as sea levels and global temperatures continue to rise. The typhoon made landfall in the Philippines on 8 November killing up to 4,000 people, at the time of writing, and causing widespread damage and destruction to civilians and businesses. Wind speeds of 190mph left many thousands homeless and without food as neighbourhoods were flattened.

This article provides an overview of the ongoing debate surrounding climate change, the economic costs of recent catastrophes and global trends.