Destruction of mangrove forests in Burma left coastal areas exposed to the devastating force of the weekend’s cyclone, a top politician suggests.
ASEAN secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan said coastal developments had resulted in mangroves, which act as a natural defence against storms, being lost.
BBC News website: Mangrove loss ‘left Burma exposed’
Former vice president tells NPR’s ‘Fresh Air’ cyclone is example of ‘consequences that scientists have long predicted might be associated with continued global warming.’
Business and Media Institute: Al Gore Calls Myanmar Cyclone a ‘Consequence’ of Global Warming