Global warming advocates are already trying to make hay from the recent tsunami disaster (via Reuters, who else)
"Global Warming, Pollution Add to Coastal Threats"
Creeping rise in sea levels tied to global warming, pollution and damage to coral reefs may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.
Of course it says "may...in the future", but advocates want you to believe that the death toll is due in part to global warming. Forget of course that the world has yet to see any rises in ocean level (presumably due to melting ice somewhere) or that the basic disaster mechanism of earthquake causing tidal wave has nothing, zero, nada to do with climate.
The argument that clearing mangrove swamps may make a tsunami worse may or may not be true to some extent, but this is only a secondary effect. The primary, by far, human activity that affected the death toll is the desire by humans to live on the coast. Unless you want to change this (and I would bet that a disproportionate number of the world's environmentalists make this same personal choice to live on the coast) it does not really matter if there are mangroves or not.
Ironically, the primary way to avoid such disasters is not by reversing human technology (as global warming activists want to do), but by increasing it, in the form of warning systems and evacuation routes. Global warming advocates actually want to keep everyone poor - they blame wealth and progress for global warming, but note that wealthy countries like the US (the global warming great Satan) has had the technology and the wealth to afford to put systems in place that would have prevented such a huge death toll. Wealth, prosperity and technology are what would have averted this disaster, and it is just these things that global warming advocates oppose for Southeast Asia. So here is my alternate headline and first paragraph:
"Poverty, Lack of Technology add to Coastal Threats"
The creeping influence of global warming advocates and treaties that are limiting 3rd world growth and prosperity may make coastlines even more vulnerable to disasters like tsunamis or storms in future, experts said on Monday.