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Letter: Typhoon shows the urgency of climate change

With all the tumultuous events swirling around our political neighborhood, it’s natural to take our eyes off other parts of the world. Local events capture our attention because that’s what impacts us most directly.

While we’re absorbed with impeachment and with Syria, it’s easy to overlook one of the world’s most calamitous weather disasters ever because it has taken place on the other side of the globe from us.

The enormity of Typhoon Hagibis in Japan cannot be overstated. Seven million people in its path were urged to relocate. Seven million! Widespread devastation covers almost the entirety of Japan’s main island of Honshu, where Tokyo is located.