November 17, 2013
What's the link between global warming and killer tropical storms like Typhoon Haiyan -- quite possibly the strongest storm ever recorded upon landfall? It's not clear, writes Bryan Walsh in TIME magazine, but we shouldn't discount the possibility that such a link exists -- or that stronger, if not necessarily more frequent, tropical cyclones will be a feature of the twenty-first century because of "the warming we've already baked into the system...."
On the GiveWell blog, Holden Karnofsky shares GiveWell's advice vis-a-vis disaster relief giving:
- Give cash, not clothes (or other goods).
- Support an organization that will help or get out of the way.
- Give proactively, not reactively.
- Allow your funds to be used where most needed – even if that means they’re not used during this disaster.
- Give to organizations that are transparent and accountable.
- Think about less-publicized suffering.
Good post by Tom Kelly, vice president of knowledge, evaluation and learning at the Hawaii Community Foundation, about foundations moving "to embrace and promote 'learning' as an alternative to evaluation." The problem with that, writes Kelly, is that "evaluation must be about learning and accountability. We must be accountable not only to the results we intend and promise to communities but...also learn in an accountable way."