Climate Council warns about more Haiyan-like storms

THE number of cyclones will fall but their ferocity will only increase, with Australia's Climate Council warning storms as devastating as Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated parts of the Philippines, will strike more often.

The not-for-profit group headed by climate scientist Professor Tim Flannery stopped short of attributing the horror of Haiyan to world inaction on climate change, but Professor Will Steffen said similar storms will become more common if nothing changes.

"In the future, devastating storms such as Typhoon Haiyan will likely become more common unless carbon dioxide levels are stabilised as soon as possible," Prof Steffen said.

The council's statement was in response to the public and media attention on how climate change was affecting weather, in the aftermath of Haiyan.

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Prof Steffen said "extreme weather has always occurred" but with world temperatures rising, there would be fewer cyclones but they would be more powerful.

Extreme wind, heavier rainfall and storm surges would all form destructive elements of these super-storms.

"This requires urgent action from all major emitters around the world, including Australia, to rapidly and deeply reduce their greenhouse gas emissions," he said.