Scientist debunks 'man-made' typhoon claims

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 11 2013 07:45 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2016 10:46 AM

MANILA – University of the Philippines scientist and professor Dr. Mahar Lagmay on Monday belied a viral video claiming that super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name Haiyan) was a man-made disaster.

Lagmay, who is also the executive director of Project Noah, stressed that the man behind the video, who only identified himself as Dutchsinse, failed to prove his hypothesis that “Yolanda” was caused by a technology that emits microwave pulses.

“I see no relation as of the moment… There’s no very solid demonstration of its (microwave pulse) relation with how it generates cyclones, how this makes the water evaporate and accumulate in a particular area. It’s simply not well-documented,” he said.

“You don’t prove something through your golden voice or the way you speak it out… What he was doing is that he was trying to name-drop Stanford University to boost his argument,” he added. “Let’s just put it this way. In science, you have to demonstrate it. It must be repeatable and it must be testable. He was not able to do that and, therefore, it’s not proven.”

Lagmay, who has watched the video, observed that Dutchsinse made other questionable claims.

“From the images he was showing, it would appear that the typhoon was already developed when he was showing the microwave pulses that were being transmitted. And the second thing that I noticed was that he was also relating the microwave pulses with the occurrence of earthquakes, and what we know about earthquakes is that they form because of the accumulation of energy due to earth movements," Lagmay pointed out.

“And through time, this energy is accumulated along faults and it does not at all relate to any type of microwave he was referring to,” he added. “And, in that sense, I would think that that person who keeps on stating or mentioning the word Stanford to boost his credibility, I think is just pulling a trick on us.”

Lagmay went on to stress that while anyone is entitled to make a hypothesis, he or she must able to “prove it to be considered as something that is really happening.”

“He must be able to demonstrate it well, clearly. And it must be repeatable. As of this moment, there is no reason to believe this person,” he said.

“It’s just not possible to come up with a Google image or video of what he was demonstrating, which is hard to test and hard to examine, and come up with incredible, incredulous statements about the relationship of these microwave pulses. It’s just not possible in science,” he stressed.

Lagmay, however, did not deny that there were previous studies on a similar topic, which he referred to as “climate engineering.”

“There are research projects that want to test whether it is possible to inject aerosols and sulfur into the atmosphere. It’s a project that was shut down by the government because of public complaints,” he said.

“They say it is possible that the amount and the location where you could put it could control the climate in any particular region. That’s the closest I know, and this one, the microwave theory, this conspiracy theory, has yet to be proven well,” he added.