Climate change blamed for storms, flooding, drought

An inconvenient truth for Philippines: Wetter, drier

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LIFELINE Philippine Army soldiers help evacuate residents of Hagonoy town in Bulacan to higher ground as floodwaters brought about by back-to-back Typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” rise to rooftops in the province and the rest of Central Luzon. MARIANNE BERMUDEZ

Officials have warned Filipinos to brace against the inconvenient truth of devastating storms, flooding and drought unless policies and projects are put in place to mitigate climate change.

Undersecretary Graciano Yumul of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said that  in the next 20 to 50 years, the Philippines would find “the dry seasons drier and the wet seasons wetter.”

“With the climate change scenario, we will see more of this as a frequent reality,” Yumul said in an interview. “What we used to consider as abnormal we should now consider as normal,” he noted.

Scientists describe the phenomenon as any distinct changes in weather patterns, such as temperature, rainfall, wind and snow over a long period of time.

A major factor is global warming—the increase in the oceanic and atmospheric temperatures of the planet resulting in the melting of the ice caps and the rising of the seas.

The doomsday scenarios, depicted in Al Gore’s 2006 award-winning documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth,” are now playing out in the Philippines.

The climatology division of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) has released the results of a study in 2010 concluding that climate data from 1960 to 2003 showed significant increases in the frequency of hot days and warm nights in many areas of the country.

On the other hand, Pagasa observed that cooler days had decreased. This trend mirrors the experience of other countries in Southeast Asia, Pagasa said as it predicted more rains in the Philippines in the coming decades.

“Reduction of rainfall is seen in March, April and May in most provinces, while rainfall increases are likely in Luzon and Visayas in 2020 and 2050 during the June-July-August and September-October-November seasons,” the study said.

“Greater increase in rainfall is expected in the provinces of Luzon (0.9-63 percent) and Visayas (2-22 percent) during the peak southwest monsoon period (June-July-August).”

The number of days where temperature will breach 35 degrees Celsius will also increase in 2020 and 2050, according to Pagasa models.

Fishponds

Antonio Apostol Jr., chief geologist of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau, said human activities in the regions that bore the brunt of Typhoons “Pedring” and “Quiel” that struck the country last week exacerbated the hazards and the risks.

The plains of Bulacan and Pampanga have always been prone to floods, he said.

But the proliferation of fishponds and aquaculture projects in the major waterways and in the coasts has slowed down the flow of water from the typhoons and the dams, resulting in prolonged flooding in residential and rural areas, Apostol said.

“These have a multiplier effect. So when the water was released from the dams, the natural drainage could not handle it anymore,” he said.

If there were no fishponds and garbage clogging the canals and rivers of the region, “the outflow would have been quicker,” Apostol said.

Floods and landslides will be more widespread until officials realize that they should adapt to the changes in weather and lessen their effects on the general population, Apostol and Yumul said.

“In other parts of the country, we are seeing the same situation. In the cities of Butuan and Cotabato, there were floods, too, because the rivers were clogged with water lilies,” Apostol said.

“In Cotabato, for instance, the industries pollute the river there with nitrates which induce the growth of the lilies,” he added.

Deforestation

Yumul also noted that deforestation had caused flooding in areas which did not experience it in the past. “The deforestation in the last 20, 50 years has come back to us,” he said.

Local officials, he said, should be more prepared to respond to extreme weather events to prevent the loss of lives and properties. “We’ve been telling them this for the last 10 years,” Yumul said.

Ricardo Calderon, regional executive director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, said yesterday that forest cover in the western side of Nueva Ecija and Bulacan was still adequate. He blamed flooding on heavy rainfall, the release of dam water and high tide.

“Although our forest cover may be high, the trees could not retain the volume of water,” Calderon said.

He denied illegal logging was rampant, disputing claims by Philippine Daily Inquirer informants that local officials were collaborating with the activity.

‘Ondoy’ scenario

Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate climate change committee, said she called Yumul on Saturday night to ask whether protocols in releasing water from dams in Central Luzon were observed last week.

“The undersecretary said floods will be the norm, that even if a typhoon brings a lighter volume of water, we can expect this scenario happening now with Typhoons Pedring and Quiel. He said Pedring brought only 30 percent of Ondoy’s volume and yet the damage was nearly the same,” Legarda told the Inquirer.

“That means if Tropical Storm ‘Ondoy’ happens again, a typhoon with that huge amount of rain, we have to brace for even deeper floods,” she warned.

Legarda said the confluence of events she had been warning against for years had now led to disturbing images of helpless residents waiting for help on rooftops, long lines of people queuing for potable water, and whole barangays transformed into river extensions.

Soil erosion

The senator said that illegal logging, slash-and-burn farming and quarrying in mountain areas would lead to soil erosion and flooding.

Representatives of the Central Luzon dam operators have been summoned to a hearing of the Senate on Monday afternoon.

“If (Pagasa) can predict the volume of rainfall, dam operators can already release water in increments that would not be destructive,” Legarda explained.

“If this kind of meteorological information can be determined, say, one week before a typhoon arrives, does it not make common sense that the dam operators would not release the water only on the day it finally arrives,” she asked.

She noted that dam reportedly released water on September 27, after Pedring struck.

Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile cautioned that predicting rainfall would not be easy.

“The nature of calamity is that weather is really unpredictable. Who really knows if the rainfall prediction is correct?  What if the amount of water released by the dams based on Pagasa’s advisory could not be recovered from the expected rains?” Enrile said.

He said that while the government could always attempt to determine accountability, “we’ll have to find long-term solutions and planning, instead of just prosecuting anybody.” With reports from Tonette Orejas and Carmela Reyes-Estrope, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • http://twitter.com/CrocLolong CrocLolong

    aNO BA TO  LAHAT NG ABNORMAAL aY ICONSIDER NATEEN NA  NORMAL sIMULA NGAYON pARA MAGING NORMAAL nA ang ABNORMALITY NATIN MGA PILIPINO   WALAA ng aBnoRMAL   LAHAAT AY NORMAL  NA   PATI aBNORMAL NAKAWAN SA goVERNment  AY NORMAL NA DIN   ano BA  ETO  NORMAL na lahat.  ITO ba aNG PAG ASA NATIN MGA PEENOY NA abNORMAL PARA MAGEENG NoRMAL TAYONG LAHAAT.   NOrMAL NA LAHAAT NGAYOON.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah… and the Fast multiplying number of Filipinos is a horrendous Calamity already.  Anyway, why don’t I see Bishops and Priests helping the Rescue?  They are the ones who want Filipinos to breed like Rabbits.

    • Anonymous

      “why don’t I see Bishops and Priests helping the Rescue? ”

      ipagdarasal na lang nila ang mga nasalanta. pero pera, pagkain o gamit na galing sa kanilang bulsa???NEVER.

      malaki ang maitutulong ng mga simbahan at ibat-ibang relihiyon kung ang isang buwan bawat taon na makukulekta nila ay itutulong para sa mga mahihirap na nasalanta ng bagyo. (sayang pero ito ay isang suntok sa buwan lang).

  • Anonymous

    I agree with our government geologists Apostol and Yumul that widespread flooding is caused by human activities a.k.a. “human greed”.  A good example is the flooding in some parts of Paranaque.  The creek passing near our subdivision, which now most often overflows its banks during even not-so-heavy rains, has been reclaimed by many subdivision lot-owners themselves.  Some of them including homeowner’s association and squaters even construct structures that narrowed the creek’s channel and constrict water flow.  Mayor Bernabe should get a detailed aerial photography of this creek that passes not far from the city hall, before it will disappear completely from the face of our planet.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GVANQHP6VJ2MSGAJB46GUUNISE Jozz

    As if we do not know that climate change has been here since earth was born. Summer to rainy days …. if there was no change it would always be summer… or rainy. Climate change is good you see. And its not driven by carbon emissions as some think. Maybe if earth was a closed system … lika a can u know…. it would be true. But earth is an open system so that whatever heat is generated by man goes out into outer space. We are not a can. The additional heat actually comes from the sun and from cosmic radiation which drives the earth to have more typhoons and tornadoes etc. What we should do really is to build more waterways where the water can go out faster and to unclog our rivers and the planting of more trees to prevent more erosion. We should have a better trash disposal system that does not rely on landfill alone. Trash is gold too. Plastics can be turned into fuel, paper can be recycled, gas can be generated….etc…etc. 

    • lucidlynx

      when the earth was born, only life in the sea exists because the planet was practically 90% water. life back then was different. life evolve along with climate change. humans came about only when the climate has become more habitable.

      it is not right to accept climate change now only because climate always changes since the earth was born. we should be glad that our present climate is still something that is habitable for humans but it could change back to what it was before.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VYVO5BIPX6WO4IGFRGIQE3P6HY Ruben

     If there’s one good thing that the recent Pedring and all the strong typhoons bring to the country is the stop of jueteng; at least temporarily.  And of course the hearings on GMA and her crooks’ corruptions too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000085858903 Rizaldy Alejo

    WE NEED ACTION not comments about the causes of the floods PLS…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EFCEZXSRJMTMLISDT646J4MEYY omar

      ang kailangan disiplinahin ang pilipino sa pagtatapon ng basura, ilagay ang basura sa tamang lagayan, tignan mo ang  mga ilog  at daluyan ng tubig, puro plastic  na hindi natutunaw. disiplina, tamang inpormasyon at edukasyon sa mga pilipino. ang basurang itapon babalik din sa inyo yan. kaya wag sisihin ang climate change.

  • Anonymous

    this climate change hysteria needs to stop! the root cause of these flooding is rampant illegal logging! 

    • lucidlynx

      rampant illegal logging has caused heat to be trapped by CO2 in the atmosphere. there is too much CO2 because we now lack trees. and because of the trapped heat, we have powerful monsoons and they now occur more frequently than in the past. and these monsoons cause heavy rains and since there are no more trees in the hills and mountains, the valleys and flat lands get flooded.

      you are right in saying illegal logging should stop but illegal logging also has caused changes in the climate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000085858903 Rizaldy Alejo

    officials you are  there para ipatupad ang batas para sa kalikasan kumilos kayo wala kayo riyan para magkomento,hindi ako nagbabayad ng buwis para sa komento nyo ang gusto ko lang MAGTRABAHO KAYO…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5STEU22AD7YRHQSB6RE56ZDSYA J

    “Yumul also noted that deforestation had caused flooding in areas which did not experience it in the past. “The deforestation in the last 20, 50 years has come back to us,” he said.”

    – Gov’t officers pampered illegal and legal loggers in the past and went off the hook and got rich. Trees not only make oxygen for us while processing CO2 we exhale but also shield us from floods. A symbiosis relatioship. For some reason this logic is not properly understood by our lawyers and leaders. Was it the technical people at DOST and DENR fault for not able to explain this part of the carbon cycle clearly or lawyers/leaders are just not bothered at all? Or am I right to say they are on top of the food chain so why do they care.

  • Anonymous

    Climate change is a big hoax, and it has been debunked. Gore is a liar. He is an American politician influenced by contributions from lobbyists. NASA measurements of infrared heat coming off (emitted by) the planet has actually increased, not reduced. The infrared radiation measurements were made using orbiting spacecraft, because it cannot be measured by instruments on the ground.

    The theory of climate change is based on the premise that human generation of carbon dioxide is also causing more water vapor in the atmosphere. CO2 and H2O are molecules that supposedly trap infrared radiation, and it can’t come out of the planet’s atmosphere, opposite to the NASA findings. The global scientific community will remain split on the issue of climate change because it is very complex. We don’t even fully understand the geothermal behavior of the planet, nor the thermal and the deep sea flow systems of the oceans. But world economies will not stop burning fossil fuel, like China will not stop developing coal technologies.

    My beloved Philippines must go back to respecting its natural environment. Its meant to have lots of trees, thick and luscious forests, and clean waterways with abundant sea life, even as it makes technological progress.  We can make bigger dams to hold water, for later irrigation use, or purification for drinking, and make big pumps to redirect river overflows during storms and heavy rain. This is not high tech. But we first need leadership, combined government and business, that are not only for profit, power, and gain, but for genuine progress for Filipinas and its people. It means no corruption, no lies, honest taxes, less government and bureaucrats, and more responsible media.

    • lucidlynx

      al gore has won the nobel peace price on his work on climate change and reputable scientists support the theory of global warming.

      yes, we must respect the natural environment and because we have been abusing it, it’s causing some changes in our climate. CO2 and H2O can’t escape the atmoshphere because of gravity. that’s why we have an atmosphere because of gravity. you need powerful rockets to escape from the earth’s gravitational pull.

      those scientists who have refuted the global warming theory or scenario also agree that the earth’s surface temperature have increased but they disagree on what’s causing it. that’s why it’s a theory because it is not proven yet. but don’t you think it’s better to play it safe than regret it later, just like what we’re experiencing now?

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBNCBQBPQGRYADBDN43DNWKQCA Leo

        Uncertainty remains to underpin the criticisms on the science and impacts of climate change. However, there are various evidences that point to the fact that globally, the world is getting warmer (i.e., melting of the ice caps, heating of the oceans, and elevated surface temperature. The scientific consensus has reached to the point that there is no longer a debate on the attribution of climate change. What is being discussed in the world stage right now is how best we can mitigate and adapt to the effects of greenhouse gases that have already been emitted from the past. And totally agreeing that acting now is better than sorry later on. Sana matuto na tayo.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBNCBQBPQGRYADBDN43DNWKQCA Leo

      A bit conflicting statements there. Increased surface temperature is indeed observed using satellite data and that formed one of the observations about global warming. What caused the elevated surface temperature points to the fact that greenhouse gas emission has increased tremendously since pre-industrial era. What is trapped is the long wave radiation (or infrared) while the GHG gases remain and accumulate in the atmosphere. Kung susuriin natin ang kumokontra sa climate change makikita natin na sila ang may suporta ng lobbyist groups tulad ng malalaking oil companies who will stand to lose so much in the emerging low carbon economy. Tapos na and debate sa usapin kung bakit may climate change. Ang mas masidhing pinaguusapan ngayon ay kung ano and gagawin para maibsan and epekto na nararanasan ngayon. Pero ako ay sumasang ayon sa panukala mong mga hakbang.   

  • Anonymous

    Weird. They stopped blaming the Arroyos. And now they blamed climate change?

  • Anonymous

    “Climate change blamed for storms, flooding, drought”…..

    Absolutely right, it is climate change. From summer months to rainy or typhoon months. Nothing changed.
    That happens in a year cycle. What is new. Why blame climate change, climate really changes.

    I experienced so many typhoons when I was young and my parents did not blame climate change,  only they say, Malakas at masungit ang bagyo.
    When storm is strong, they usually say, masungit si Yoling kasi matandang dalaga. That is an old man’s tale and it is true.

    • lucidlynx

      climate change is defined as changes in climate with greater intensity than the norm. the article was saying that the dry season will be drier and the wet season will be wetter than what we had before.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EFCEZXSRJMTMLISDT646J4MEYY omar

    anong climate change, sa dami ba naman ng basura sa lansangan, at yung mga developer at mga  land grabber pati ilog pina lagyan ng titulo kaya walang tagbuhan ang tubig pag umuulan. ilagay ang basura sa tamang lagayan at linisin ang daluyan  ng tubig patungo sa ilog. wag sisiihin ang pagbabago ng panahon.

  • Anonymous

    Huwag na tayong magsisihan at wag na natin sisihin itong climate change.
    Yan bagyo, lindol at bulkan parte na yan ng buhay ng tao. Hindi lang naman sa Pilipinas nangygyari ang pagbaha. Maging sa US ay biktima rin nong Katrina, si China mas grabe ang baha, ang Japan ganoon din.
    Isa pa ganoon din naman ang epekto noong bagyo 50 years ago at ngayon, Ang diperensiya lang ay mas naibabalita agad at naipapakita sa television at internet kaya medyo nakakatakot. Unlike before radio lang.

    Ang gawin na lang ay tamang paghahanda, sabi nga ng boy scout Be Prepared.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SBNCBQBPQGRYADBDN43DNWKQCA Leo

    I am skeptical about the statement of PAGASA. While its true that global climate change is happening PAGASA need to discern really well whether the change that we are experiencing is local or even regional. We need to look at other phenomena and events around us to safely conclude that the typhoons are caused by climate change. Metrics for climate change is global averages. What should be emphasized are the aggravating circumstances like denuded vegetation and poor flood control infrastructure – things that we can and should have control. Blaming climate change is a convenient excuse for the failure of planning and governance of the country. Sana matuto na tayo.

  • http://twitter.com/SampalocKid sampalok kid

    What is evidence base climate change ? Is there one ?  

  • Anonymous

    isa lang solusyon dyan… total binabaha naman lagi ang Pinas ngayun kayong mga taga DOST and Government… supportahan nyo ang mga scientist na mga Pilipino. May nakapag pailaw na nga ng mga lamp post sa isang barangay gamit ng ilang spray lang na tubig… eh sana idevelop lalo yun palkihin lalo yung para magamit as makina ng sasakyan para naman walang nagrereklamo na mahal ang gasolina at lalo masira ang ating kalikasan… Sana ang Government ng Pinas Imber na naghahakot kayo ng investors supportahan nalang ang imbensyon ng mga pilipino at malay nyo balang araw tayo pa ang numer one exporter ng mga sasakyang di na kailangan ng langis, at gasolina…

  • Anonymous

    We always blame climate change due to illegal logging.
    How about legal logging.? I think it is more destructive to illegal logging for the reason that they use heavy equipment to cut trees.
    Whereas illegal logging use only itak and bolo to cut those trees.
    My suggestion is….Total ban of legal and illegal logging. Are there still forests or trees left in the mountain. The way I see it from top, mountains are all bald as bald head.

    • http://twitter.com/SampalocKid sampalok kid

      i-report ang katotohan. responsible media naman dyan please. 

      • Anonymous

        Tama ka dyan kabayan! My Liberal media bias ba ang Inquirer? Ano na nangyari sa slogan nyo “Balanced news, fearless views”? Hoy gising!!!   

  • Anonymous

    Preparing for the forthcoming disasters must include “now” to change the officials of DENR and other agencies who have contributed in causing these floods. Zero tolerance has to be implemented immediately so that chances of reverting the progress destruction will be stopped. Only President Noynoy and the Ombudsman can do this. It was their fault but it will be their  fault now if they will not do this change. The past presidents are to be blamed because policies have not been implimented strictly. These officials have to be penalized and punished as these disasters are causing millions and millions pesos lost from Filipinos pockets and governments funds. President Noynoy and Ombudsman..please address this problem now..Punish these government officials and replace them with real action personalities  

  • http://twitter.com/JorBen08 ALROSE

    Illegal logging, illegal quarrying, informal settlers and garbage in rivers, lakes, canals are big contributors to the flooding problem in the whole archipelago. The Filipino people rich and poor, for their lack of discipline  are largely to blame, and the government for failing to enforce the law. The whole Metro Manila is sinking due to over pumping of Aquifer. Building codes has to change to tune with climate change. In 75 years MM will be like Venice, Italy submerged in water. PH will always be in the path of typhoon during rainy season and volcano eruption due to its proximity in the ring of fire. Filipinos must restore discipline before it is too late. Save the country for future generations. 

  • Anonymous

    Climate change is not to be blamed! We Filipinos are actually the ones partly to be blamed for cutting tress of our forests and allowing crocodiles in our government to fatten their pockets. The poor are paying dearly for most these political faults. We are self destructing.

  • Anonymous

    Many of us already  know that the reason for all these unusually strong typhoons, increasing droughts, etc.  are brought about mainly by climate change. Change caused by man’s unregulated greed and unconcern for Mother Nature. Truth to tell mankind  deserves it and so  he must learn to accept it and  come up with solutions instead of endlessly debating about it.  Thus, the government must stop blaming this  becoming more of a regular phenomena that  it could not be called as such anymore. The question is if  the government,  or the world at large for that matter, have concrete and viable plans to counter the effects of climate change which is here to stay whether we like it or not. Scientists already predicted that the Philippines will be  one of the first countries that will be affected adversely. Manila and some parts of the country could  be underwater in a few decades. But judging from recent events like Ondoy, Peping, Pedring and now Quiel it could come sooner than later…   

  • Anonymous

    Time to pack our things, and explore other planets.

    Who want to join? DARPA is inviting people to join in their 100 years exploration in space looking for habitable planet. 

  • http://twitter.com/CrocLolong CrocLolong

    LAHAT NG ABNORMAL AY MAGIGING nORMAL NA ANO ba to. NoRMAL NA pati MGA TUNAY NA ABNORMAL.  WLANG ABNORMAL NA  LAHAY AY NoRMAL NA.

  • Anonymous

    Climate change to be blamed? Oh yeah? and what causes Climate Change? The feces of ants and lizards?

    Blame your greediness. Blame your gluttony.

  • Anonymous

    Dumi ng baka! What an excuse!! DENR blame yourselves. You are to be blamed…kawawa naman ang mga kababayan natin..puro kayo manhid..sus

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CZS2DG54GHTF7WV34AKNR6JSRE ferds

    Pagkakalbo ng bundok, walang drainage system, walang disiplina ang pilipino, ilog puro basura
    Diyan ninyo sisihin.

  • Anonymous

    FYI. Excerpt from an article with a dissenting opinion about Man-Made Global Warming claims

    More than 1,000 dissenting scientists (updates previous 700 scientist report) from around the globe have now challenged man-made global warming claims made by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and former Vice President Al Gore.

    This new 2010 321-page Climate Depot Special Report — updated from the 2007 groundbreaking U.S. Senate Report ofover 400 scientists who voiced skepticism about the so-called global warming “consensus” — features the skeptical voices of over 1,000 international scientists, including many current and former UN IPCC scientists, who have now turned against the UN IPCC.

    This updated 2010 report includes a dramatic increase of over 300 additional (and growing) scientists and climate researchers since the last update in March 2009. This report’s release coincides with the 2010 UN global warming summit in being held in Cancun.

    The more than 300 additional scientists added to this report since March 2009 (21 months ago), represents an average of nearly four skeptical scientists a week speaking out publicly. The well over 1,000 dissenting scientists are almost 20 times the number of UN scientists (52) who authored the media-hyped IPCC 2007 Summary for Policymakers.

    The chorus of skeptical scientific voices grew louder in 2010 as the Climategate scandal — which involved the upper echelon of UN IPCC scientists — detonated upon on the international climate movement. “I view Climategate as science fraud, pure and simple,” said noted Princeton Physicist Dr. Robert Austin shortly after the scandal broke.

    Climategate prompted UN IPCC scientists to turn on each other. UN IPCC scientist Eduardo Zorita publicly declared that his Climategate colleagues Michael Mann and Phil Jones “should be barred from the IPCC process…They are not credible anymore.” Zorita also noted how insular the IPCC science had become. “By writing these lines I will just probably achieve that a few of my future studies will, again, not see the light of publication,” Zorita wrote. A UN lead author Richard Tol grew disillusioned with the IPCC and lamented that it had been “captured” and demanded that “the Chair of IPCC and the Chairs of the IPCC Working Groups should be removed.” Tol also publicly called for the “suspension” of IPCC Process in 2010 after being invited by the UN to participate as lead author again in the next IPCC Report. 

    Other UN scientists were more blunt. A South African UN scientist declared the UN IPCC a “worthless carcass” and noted IPCC chair Pachauri is in “disgrace”. He also explained that the “fraudulent science continues to be exposed.” Alexander, a former member of the UN Scientific and Technical Committee on Natural Disasters harshly critiqued the UN. “‘I was subjected to vilification tactics at the time. I persisted. Now, at long last, my persistence has been rewarded…There is no believable evidence to support [the IPCC] claims. I rest my case!” See: S. African UN Scientist Calls it! ‘Climate change – RIP: Cause of Death: No scientifically believable evidence…Deliberate manipulation to suit political objectives’

     Geologist Dr. Don Easterbrook, a professor of geology at Western Washington University, summed up the scandal on December 3, 2010: “The corruption within the IPCC revealed by the Climategate scandal, the doctoring of data and the refusal to admit mistakes have so severely tainted the IPCC that it is no longer a credible agency.”

  • nt gerald

    The leaders themselves are big time loggers and fishpond operators. Aside from that, most of them are not wont to enforce the rules and regulations because they do not want to antagonize the voters in the next election.
    Yes, right. We can blame everything on global warming. Mabuti na lang merong ganoon, para walang may kasalanan. 

  • Anonymous

    The more people, the greater the pressure on the forest as the demand for  forest products for  food, building and livelihood purposes increases. There too is the need of people for space to build their houses on what with the old residential areas already occupied. The less forest cover we have, the greater the chances of flooding and erosion. And the more defenseless we are against climate change. 

    The more people, the more thrash that will find their way to the waterways clogging the same thereby contributing to the occurence of floods. With the construction of sanitary landfills very expensive and beyond the financial capabilities of  majority of  LGUs, the collected refuse emit greenhouse gases thereby  contributing to the problem of climate change.

    We cannot go on multiplying  in number without regard to its effect on the environment which support our life.  This is one other compelling reason to pass the RH Bill.  

    But when you tell that to the RC hierarchy, they will only say that the government is remiss in implementing environmental laws. To them, the bloated population of the country has nothing to do with the backlash we are now absorbing from nature so that for so long as the government will properly protect the environment, we can go on procreating in the current rate. They would rather that people experience unprecedented floods and super typhoons provided that in the debris you could not find used condoms.  

    To them, dogma is of greater importance than the welfare of the population.

     

    • Anonymous

      “We cannot go on multiplying  in number without regard to its effect on the environment which support our life.  This is one other compelling reason to pass the RH Bill.”

        “Gore is a fraud and he’s proliferating his inconvenient truth for personal agenda.” at naghahasik lang ng STATE OF FEAR kakutsaba ang ilang mga scientist  doctoring ang kanilang “scientific data” para sa kanilang personal na kapakinabangan.

      ang nagaganap na mga kapisanlaan ngayon ay sanhi ng walang habas na pagdami ng tao.
       
      malaki ang maitutulong na mabawasan ang mga kapinsalaan sa ating bansa kung ang RH bill ay maisasabatas na agad.

  • Anonymous

    There are laws on the books against pelferage and over cutting of trees in the mountains, there are laws against people dumping their garbage and trash on the street and into the drains and rivers, if that’s not enough, make it harder for abusers to continue their abusive behaviours. But the number one thing that the current administration has to do is to catch and prosecute offenders so others will not follow. What has been going on and up to the present is that, our government is too inept and too corrupt to get the people accountable for their misdeeds.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_F2PFDIPATIKMGWG4ZWD3QO37LE Samson

    deforestation po talaga ang ginagawa nila kaya tayo lumulubog at nababaha, dahil binenbenta natin mga pu no natin sa mga foreigners

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H3XXQXBVPVUIAWR75IWTLAOTVE Pacific Dragon

    Kathy and Kristine,  common!!!  Wake up and smell the coffee.  There will be more flooding. More people will die because 500 people are cramped in a single square meter.  Squatters are living in areas they are not supposed to live like the side of water ways and near shores.  The trash that continue to pile and clog our water ways continue.

    Ive been around the world.  Believe me.  It is human creation that cause all these deaths and floods.  Below are the causes of these floodings and death.
    1. overpopulation.
    2. No professional urban planning and future proofing.
    3. Squatters living in waterways, bridges and bad areas.
    4. Trash clogging waterways.
    5. No political will and nasty corrupt government.
    6. Tons of uneducated people without jobs doing nothing but scratch their balls.

  • Anonymous

    we deserved to suffer from all this calamities we encountering due to our blatant abuse of our environment.mother nature is just returning us the favor.

  • Anonymous

    what’s next…sisihin ang brownout ng meralco kaya maraming bata?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AYITA5V33GYZSLC3G37UCVNTKA Ben

    What? It`s nothing new! The question is what are you supposed to do to prepare us for the future reality of climate change? None! PPP nooonnne!

  • Anonymous

    Climate is cyclical. Gore is fraud and he’s proliferating his inconvenient truth for personal agenda. DOST and PAGASA are buying this hoax and they are not helping at all. All the comments are right. It’s the deforestation, squatting, trash, urban planning, and lack of political will that will exacerbate damage every time calamities strike.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leodegardo-Pruna/100000668583781 Leodegardo Pruna

      It defends on what definition for “Climate Change” you adopt. God bless the Philippines.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Leodegardo-Pruna/100000668583781 Leodegardo Pruna

    We can not blame climate change. What we can do is to address it. Two ways, by being proactive and by being prepared in case we are already confronting it. The “Blaming Game” is pointless because whatever it is that we should address would not simply go away by blaming it. God bless the Philippines.

  • http://twitter.com/igeoscientist Eugene Sunio

    I have the same line of thought w Sen Legarda and i’ve emailed this to the undersecretary as well.  I really think anticipating the coming of the rains by releasing gradually is one way to lessen the flooding and also adding more pumps to move the waters faster.  Sen Enrile also has a point but i think not losing lives and properties is the no 1 priority.  Would we rather have brownouts and/or no irrigation water than floods all over your place?  I’ll chose the first option.  Another thing about the dams, isn’t it that they did another inquiry after Ondoy?  The lesson here is, we should put more focus on anticipating these rather than doing something during or after it happens. And continue helping each other.

  • kris makati

    actually kasalanan ni GMA hehehe

  • John Sulayman

    You cannot blame climate change. The climate will always change. You have to blame yourselves, government and individuals, for not preparing enough for these kinds of calamities. This just means we have not learned any lessons from Ondoy. Susmaryosep..

  • Anonymous

    naghugas ng kamay si poncio pilato. President Noynoy tangalin mo na sa pwesto si yumul. magaling lang sa pag papogi. palpak naman.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K2RI3LJVGNNED3XPMG7HVMIIO4 Herbert

    More reasons for Aquino to pad his CCT project for his partymates and gullible lazies, and collect more taxes from taxpayers.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WOJKEHU4WDIXWTVH527TZ4GVOY BlueHornet

    kayong mga local officials dyan na sinisisi ang ulan at dams. huwag na kayong magbulagbulagan! alam nyo dahil sa deforestration at paglagay ng maraming fishponds at dahilan! Gising na at kumilos na kayo! Bayan muna bago sarili!!!

  • Anonymous

    Tama na yang topic na Climate Change. Panahon nga ni Noah ang tagal ng baha, may nagsabi ba ng climate change.

    Noah and his family were in the ark for 370 days (by my calculations).
    Below is a breakdown, which might also help answer your question if you
    were only wanting to know how long the earth was covered with water.
    My answer was based on adding these numbers together:
    40 –the number of days it rained (Gen 7:17)
    110 –the number of days “the waters prevailed on the earth” (Gen 7:24)
    73 -the number days the waters “decreased” ( Gen 8:4,5)
    40 –assuming “end of forty days” followed the previous 73 days (Gen 8:6)
    7 –days waiting for the dove to return
    7–days waiting for the second time he sent out the dove
    7 –days waiting till he sent out the third dove
    29 –days needed to finish out “601 year, 1st month, 1st day” (Gen 8:13)
    57 –days needed to finish out “2nd month, 27th day, the earth was dried”
    ____
     370 days

    • Anonymous

      Pre, walang kaalam-alam mga tao nun sa science. Eh lolo mo Noah inumpisahan daw ang ark eh 500 years old na sya. Baka lunar month lang yung 500. Anong malay ng mga tao nun sa climate change? Bka hindi nga nila alam ang ibig sabihin ng temperature, amount of rainfall in inches or centimeters, low pressure area, ITCZ (hehe!), Ozone layers, green house effect, etc. Yung record ng Genesis hindi kaya inanud ng baha? Baka hoax lang yang Noah’s ark? Kung nandun sa Mt. Ararat ang ark ni Noah bakit hindi ipasabog ang ice cap dun para makita at mapatunayan once and for all? 

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001326116340 Gordon Montoya

      Sir, don’t take the Bible as a historical reference. If it was all up to the Bible, the earth is only 5000 years old. There is no scientific evidence that it ever rained for 40 days and 40 nights. Remains of Noah’s ark have never been found despite its size and it’s not for poor searching. Ruins of the city of Troy have been found. Dinosaurs have been found.

  • Anonymous

    Ang gagaling magsalita ni Enrile at Legarda, pero hanggang salita lang naman. Meron mang climate change, tao pa rin ang dapat sisihin. Ang nagtanim ng hangin, bagyo ang aanihin.

  • Anonymous

    Iton si Legarda isang senador kung magsalita akala mo weather scientist.
    Para malaman ni Legarda ang lakas ng bagyo sumakay sa eroplano at pasukin ang mata ng bagyo. Ganyan ang mga weather scientist sa US pinapasok ang mata ng bagyo as experiment, they are called storm chaser.
    Hindi salita kundi gawa. Yan kaalaman ni Legarda general knowledge yan na anybody will know.
    Can we have an scientist expert to talk of the subject and not a senator.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E7SFPQFWHHEAJ4IZKPD7OYJXVM Jabba

      Pasensya ka na kay legarda. Pretending knowing many things about environment ang babaeng ito. Sana yung Fortune Island na kinamkamnya ang lumubog sa climate change.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VA5I63O44MBX3ZLDKUN5TMHLXU Dee Jhay

    Why blame climate change. Why not blame the government for NOT having a clear-cut solution for the problem. Maraming dike dito sa Pangasinan ang nasira but they don’t have any plans of repairing them. Ang problemang ito ay dapat mabigyan ng long-term solution, hindi puro palusot solutions and giving away relief goods. Start dredging the rivers and provide efficient drainage systems. Dito sa Pilipinas ang kalsada ay ang mismong drainage.

  • Pablo Juan

    for some it might be biblical but this is not an act of god, rather the result of man’s actions.  Greed pa rin… on the radio I heard that Gov Mitra has allowed the continued operation of nickel mining in Palawan and now hundreds of hectares of rice fields are inundated with waste from the mines poisoning the land. Pera, Pera lang talaga and now na Weather, Weather na nga.. as they say the fruit does not fall far from the tree.

  • Anonymous

       There will be always changes in this living planet and only 3 are permanent: death , taxes and old age.We should be prepared for it, earth is evolving and we are  caught in the middle of a crossfire.Other nation have taken into its account by lowering their fossil fuel consumption and reverting ti natural  earth friendly power.They are expensive but in the long run it would be greatly beneficial.The Philippines should take a giant step in the process of earth friendly power generation but what I read in the news it is the opposite .Well we voted for the leader who can turn around this god forsaken but what news do we here is all about the women  that he is swooning.SAYANG TALAGA,DALAWANG AQUINO ULI.WALA PA RIN!

  • Bayushi Sai

    A better title for this article would be:

    “Every Filipino refuses to accept the burden of guilt for ruining the environment, blames climate change instead”

    -or-

    “Politicians see opportunity for early election campaigning”

  • Anonymous

    The news report was entitled: climate change blamed for floods. But it appears as the story illustrates it’s more like greed and neglect that plays a big role in the flooding of those places mentioned. Are the fishponds in bulacan regulated? Why are water lilies left to proliferate in cotabato? Why is there a garbage problem on those waterways? That is more like just wanton neglect and abuse of people. You reap what you sow!

    how many national parks and forests do we have per city and province to help absorb heavy rains?

  • http://www.facebook.com/franklyn.flores Franklyn Flores

    Ang dapat ring sisihin natin ay ang ating makaluma na infrastructures(Canal , waterways , daanan at anti flooding projects  na 1950s pa ay pre world war 2 pa ang disensyo . Hindi naka design sa dami populasyon natin ngayon at ang pag babago bago ng anyo ng lupa natin kada taoon .Dati na tayong may mga matitinding kalamidad pero dahil makaluma na disenyo ng ating mga infratractura marami nabibiktima. Pag masdan nalang nag pag baha taon taon . Hindi ito dapat problem sa totoo lang pwera nalang kung yung tsunami sa Japan

  • Gerardo Mangubat

    Wait… Most comments here localized the causes of Climate Change in the Philippines. I don’t think so. It is a global phenomenon. The climate will change even if there is no Philippines. So put it in the proper context: It is a global phenomenon. And in my opinion, it is a natural phenomenon. Hence, I believe even without humans in this planet, there will always be climate change. My proof? I have seen pictures of vast deserts that were once body of waters (Arizona). Vice versa, I have read reports that there are places that are now part of the sea but once a dry land inhabited by people. Even in our country, we see evidences that the place we are living in was once part of the ocean. What happened in this places? Yes, flooded, fried, and dried. Were there pollution? Deforestation? Million or hundred thousand years ago? I don’t think so.

    I agree that there is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening. But we can PREPARE and brace for it. Think again: Do you really believe that stopping the use of fuels, abolishing coal plants, planting more trees will stop the world from going its natural cycle of changing? Well, can you stop a volcano from erupting as it produces pollution hundred thousand times than humans?

  • Pablo Juan

    Galit rin daw ang mga jueteng operators sa ‘climate change’.  Mahina raw ang kita isang linggo na.

  • Gerardo Mangubat

    Most comments here localized the causes of Climate Change in the Philippines. I don’t think so.

    It is a global phenomenon. The climate will change even if there is no Philippines. So put it in the proper context: It is a global phenomenon. And in my opinion, it is a natural phenomenon. Hence, I believe even without humans in this planet, there will always be climate change. My proof?: I have seen pictures of vast deserts that were once body of waters (Arizona). Vice versa, I have read reports that there are places that are now part of the sea but once a dry land inhabited by people. Even in our country, we see evidences that the place we are living in was once part of the ocean. What happened in this places? Yes, flooded, fried, and dried. Were there pollution? Deforestation? Million or hundred thousand years ago? I don’t think so.

    I agree that there is nothing we can do to prevent this from happening. But we can PREPARE and brace for it. Think again: Do you really believe that stopping the use of fuels, abolishing coal plants, planting more trees will stop the world from going its natural cycle of changing? Well, can you stop a volcano from erupting as it produces pollution hundred thousand times than humans?

    • NEIL MCNALLY

      Let’s get over the semantics and accept that there has always been climate change.
      BUT,perhaps we might all concede the the RATE of change can be sped up by the life-styles of the occupants of this Earth,and their live-stock.

  • Anonymous

    Filipinos need to remember that this “climate change” hoax began years ago and they called it “global warming”. They argued that the earth was warming. But since their theories were based on propaganda rather than real science, they change their argument and called it “climate change”. Remember in 2009 a substantial file including more than 1,000 e-mails either sent from or to members of the University’s Climatic Research Unit (CRU) in eastern England were allegedly hacked and leaked on the Internet. They contained language that offered evidence that scientists have manipulated climate data to exaggerate the threat of global warming. Legarda should note this because too many filipinos are being fooled by these so called “scientists”.

    • Pablo Juan

      Hay naku.

  • Anonymous

    climate change is a hoax. pakana lang ito ni al gore at mga elitista para ma establish ang NWO agwnda nila. ang sabihin natin kaya may mga baha kc wala ng disiplina mga tao. tapon dito tapon doon at pinaka root nmn ng baha sa CL ay dahil sa pinatubo nun wherein natabunan yunga ilog at nag iba ang ruta ng tubig. isabela at cagayan binaha? blame it on illegal logging. theres no such thing as climate change.

  • Anonymous

    Al Gore is a hypocrite. He should stop using his personal jet and his multi-million house which uses too much electricity and not even use solar power.

  • Anonymous

    Blame it on corruption and not climate change. Climate changes but not corruption in the Phils.  With $Billions pumped in to the country by the OFW that makes the economy moving for years, yet the the leaders from administration to another administration did not improve full scale the infrastructure ‘coz those taxes, budgets, pork barrrels and even donations from abroad, the people managing them were more interested about their kurakot.  Learn from Japan who was nuclear bombed and most recently had a devastating tsunami and yet their people are well taken care of.  No wonder calamities hit the Philippines but  does not make headlines in leading world news organizations.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_H27QVUBMP6KCZOXQW33RP2KOGU Plazans

    Three days ago I posted comments on yahooPH asking why on earth haven’t we seen or heard PNoy in all this back-to-back typhoon tragedy. His supporters were quick to defend him, saying that as the country’s leader he doesn’t need to be everywhere and solve people’s problems. It seems like the death of 60 people (and counting) due to natural disaster is nothing compared to PHL’s more pressing issues like corruption which the president vowed to finally erradicate. Good luck with that. Filipinos now are so enamored with President Aquino that they cheer his every move, his travels and, yes, even his lovelife. Forget about floating garbage in Manila during floods, his followers are now busy talking about the likelihood of PH being the next Asian tiger. I find that being either audacious or just simply confused. God bless the Philippines!

  • Anonymous

    is there a way to route the excess dam water without passing through the residential and progressive areas?

  • NEIL MCNALLY

    Well..change of expected weather and temperature variations(from the ‘norm’)may well be due to predicted climate change,BUT we have ourselves to blame for much of the flooding …due to mass forest destruction,removal of vegetation along waterways,clogging of streams,rivers and canals with rubbish,weeds,and man-made constructions..AND successive corrupt Governments too busy cheating their own people and sifting off billions of dollars from schemes which would have gone towards the reduction of the above contributing factors to flooding.
    God help Noy Noy..he needs all the positive help he can get,and at least 60 years to rid the Pilipinas of the
    despots and their cronies from office and/or powerful positions.
    i wish the man well..he will age far too prematurely from the pressure.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_T2DDIPNBHSCXCOHN3J7LOVCQ4Y Shinigami Sword

    Eh panu dito sa pinas,  ang climate of corruption and incompetence is going from bad to worse . We now not only have corrupt officials,  nadagdagan pa ng incompetent ones belonging to the KKK of Penoy. So delubyo pag me bagyo.. Pag me storm warning dapat automatic cancelled lahat work and school if you want to be really safe.  Expect deaths and loss everywhere in the Philippines once a storm hits.

  • Anonymous

    This actually makes sense:

    He said that while the government could always attempt to determine accountability, “we’ll have to find long-term solutions and planning, instead of just prosecuting anybody.” 

    We can cry all we want and blame everyone but at the end of the day, risk mitigation isn’t done a day before a potential catastrophe.  Pinoys should start looking at the long term.  It’s exactly the myopic view of the past leaders and people of this country that are causing the problems we have today.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VXTWEO5GLJ34BZTELTUOJGE5WI Joseph

    Yes, I may say partly we can sight CLIMATE CHANGE for what is happening right now BUT we must also see the shortcomings of CITY ENGINEERS, DPWH and DENR for LACK OF PLANNING, IMPLEMENTATION AND PROTECTION OF OUR RESOURCES. JUST LOOK AT MY WIFE’S HOMETOWN IN TARLAC, THEY DO NOT EVEN HAVE A SEWAGE SYSTEM WHERE WASTE WATER CAN BE TREATED AND RECYCLED. WASTE MANAGEMENT IS ALSO ANOTHER MATTER, THE MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT GET A VACANT LOT WHERE PEOPLE WILL DUMP THE GARBAGE – PROBLEM IS IT IS NEXT TO A CORN FIELD SO GOOD LUCK WITH INFECTING THE CORN WITH SALMONELLA OR CHOLERA AS THE DUMP SITE IS NOT EVEN LINED PROPERLY.

    WE FILIPINOS ALWAYS LOVE TO DO SHORTCUTS IN ALMOST EVERYTHING WHICH IS WHY EVERYTHING IS SCREWED UP IN OUR COUNTRY. I HOPE THAT WE FINALLY LEARN OUR LESSON AND MAKE SURE THAT THINGS CHANGE FOR THE BETTER.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TPVPOYDGNYPHUXA5OXJ26SC6EQ burn

      even if we change RIGHT NOW e the damaged has already been done. mukhang irreversible na ang global warming kase butas na yun ozone layer e. so every year we need to expect na milyon milyon ang malulugi sa ekonomiya natin tuwing summer dahil sa tindi ng init at tag-ulan dahil sa tindi ng baha. kawawa tayo.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MOATCQEREXU5RJZ53Q2H5FXH6A alias

        UNLIKE

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QJUD47DAPM2Y5J3AEMCE2C624 John TWT

    Inevitably, many of our communities will be displaced and forced to relocate due to changes in weather patterns across the country.

    Climate may be cyclical (e.g. what are deserts now used to be lush and green with vegetation eons ago), but modernization (industrialization) has indeed made an impact in the ecosystem (over logging, for instance has caused so much erosion and siltation that many rivers have become shallow through the years).

    There ought to be, right now, a task force composed of urban planners, engineers, scientists, futurists and policy makers that would study this phenomenon and its effect on local communities with the aim of creating a long term strategy that would ease the impact of relocation and dislocation of affected population centers in the country.

    Dealing with climate change, I believe, will be more on adaptation and a vigorous change in habits and attitude towards our ecosystem, especially as it is tied to livelihood and our overall economic policies.

  • Anonymous

    climate change….a convenient excuse by all

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QVULUSL6P5Q4COW54MBUDWBYM4 lionel u

    the climate change should not be blamed, people should already anticipated this kind event. but i think the title of this article should be “the government (especially the previous administration, which btw, collects tons of our taxes) should be blamed” for not doing a very good job… sometimes i do think that the government did it on purpose, so in times of crisis they will act like heroes, providing shelters and food. you know as they say, prevention is better than cure… and right now i don’t see any preventive measures have made after ondoy (and that’s already a year).

  • Anonymous

    Revelation 11:18 (NIV)
    “The nations were angry; and your wrath has come. The time has come for judging
    the dead, and for rewarding your servants the prophets and your saints and those
    who reverence your name, both small and great
    — and for DESTROYING THOSE WHO DESTROY THE EARTH.”

  • antonioluna

    i agree on deforestation but climate change, what a lame excuse.

    • Anonymous

      I totally agree…

      officials keep blaming mother nature is totally a lame excuse… good thing the lady is just minding her own business . :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QIOP6WRPB6IGJIMS5YDMQZO4JA Jose

    If you have complain/s to any of the government agencies about something, you will surely get a respond that they can not do anything because the system is already in place. That means nobody is interested in improving the services but most likely just sit around and wait for their salaries. They should be their to extend help to the masses in need in the first place. They make things more difficult to people rather than alleviate it. Worst they justify their actions that the salary is small etc. etc. in not doing a good job.Yes, we have climate changes, deforestation, clogging of waterways. But the point is we could have done our part as filipinos to lessen the destruction. Truth is we have become an indifferent people that we care only of ourselves and families. As long as we are not affected, we do not care. When are we going to be mature and responsible?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Z6U25GIY66GOY64DA3QY7OEB54 ricky

      @jose, well said…

  • http://twitter.com/denshow dennis lopez

    Director Calderon should be fired for turning a blind eye on the illegal logging activities in his area of responsibility. Denying the rampant logging in Bulacan, Rizal and Nueva Ecija while evidence clearly states otherwise is very irresponsible on his part. 

    We’ll gladly take him to the mountains and prove his statement wrong.

  • http://www.perakoto.com Invest in Your Future

    It may indeed be climate change and a combination of other factors we did wrong as a country which brought this disaster to our land. The question now is, given what we know can happen based from experience, what’s the plan to address it?

  • Anonymous

    ang hirap dyan na tumanda sa posisyon mga politiko natin yet mga inutil padin walang long term planning lhat ng ginagawa short term lng…para mabilisan lng pagkakitaan????konting high tide lang lumulubog ang  bulacan yet di nmn nangyayari yun 10 yrs ago…..

  • http://www.facebook.com/franklyn.flores Franklyn Flores

    Yan naman pala e Climate Change daw. Edi pagandahin at gawing advance ang ating mga infastructures against sa lubog at kung ano ano pang mga floodings. Yearly nalang tayong linulubog e pwede namang lalimin ang mga ilog at gawing moderno ang ating mga water system. Ang bilyong bilyong pisong napipinsala at nagagastos sa relief kada taon sa lubog bakit di gawing bilyong bilyong pisong investment sa medernisasyon ng mga ilog (dredging) at mga waterways at sewerage  natin

  • Tony B

    You can blame climate change on the rain but blame lack of government investment/corruption on the flooding. If they had built proper drainage you wouldn’t have flooding in major cities now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ed.zatezate Ed Zatezate

    Everyone knows this already.  The question is, what is the government doing to reduce the impact.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TPVPOYDGNYPHUXA5OXJ26SC6EQ burn

    bakit nila sinisisi ang climate change?! e man-made yan e. sisihin nila yun mga nagpuputol ng puno, yan mga gumagamit ng mga aircon, yan mga gumagamit ng langis, mga factory at pabrika, mga nag-ooverfish, pati ang mga unang administrasyon na walng proper vision for the future.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000185676532 Felix David

    Ano ang dapat nating gawin. Bakit naman climate change ang sinisisi. Nagmumukaha kayong mga inutil tuloy

  • Anonymous

    Stop blaming
    climate change. There is hardly anything the Philippines can do to prevent
    climate change. But we can increase our chances of survival by reducing poverty
    through improving science and higher education.

     

    The
    devastation expected from climate change within this century is on top of every
    country’s concern. In the Philippines, it will dwarf the combined fury of
    recent typhoons, which often caught the country unprepared. Some climate scientists
    believe that with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, global
    warming will continue even if carbon emission is cut to currently-proposed
    levels.

     

    Among
    verified results of global warming are extreme weather events and record
    temperature rise, receding glaciers, and rising sea levels — together known as
    climate change. This will impact on biodiversity, agriculture & fisheries,
    diseases, human settlements, and cause more public misery in poor countries.
    High population density (limited land area), archipelagic condition (many
    coastal communities), and, foremost, widespread poverty make the Philippines
    even more vulnerable.

     

    Climate
    change & poverty are “the two defining challenges of this century.” The
    world is concerned with two things — mitigation and adaption. Stop all talks
    about mitigation and concentrate on adaptive measures. These need technological
    know-how. The poor condition and ignorance of S&T are the main causes of
    poverty in the country. And they can only be reduced through improved higher education
    and scientific research. Whereas this will take years, there is no shortcut to preparing for the worst. 

     

    The first
    step is to put the right people in the S&T dept (DOST), the higher
    education commission (CHED), and the national S&T academy (NAST). There is
    hardly any better alternative. The deterioration of the country’s science and
    education in the last 5 decades has shown this. And it can be verified.
    “The easiest way to assess if one has made any major contributions to
    one’s field is with the ISI data base called Web of Knowledge.”  This
    gives lists of published papers and citations.

     

    The
    Philippines should radically reform its approaches in solving problems to
    ensure the achievement of its objectives. “It is not about the advancement
    of science just for science sake. Rather, it is about advancing science in the
    context of a desire to improve the human condition. This entails attention to
    the processes by which understandings from the natural sciences, the social
    sciences, and engineering influence or fail to influence public policy.”
    (S&T for sustainable well-being, Science,
    25 January 2008.)

     

    For a more
    serious discussion of climate change, Google (Gmail) or Yahoo search
    “Adapting to climate change through research & education”

     

    Flor
    Lacanilao

  • juan carlos ayeng

    climate change, global warming, global cooling.

    hindi yan ang problema, kapabayaan, kulang sa infrastructure at over logging. Magtulungan tayo.
    wag nyo na isama ang kalokohan at sensationalism ni Al Gore, na kelangan daw tayo magbayad sa kanila ang carbon tax,at kung ano pang transnational policies na lalong makapagpahirap sa atin,at makapagpayaman sa may-ari ng pinagkakaitaang “climate change”, “global warming” movement

  • Anonymous

    Reposting

    Stop blaming climate change. There is hardly anything the Philippines can do to prevent climate change. But we can increase our chances of survival by reducing poverty through improving science and higher education.

    The devastation expected from climate change within this century is on top of every country’s concern. In the Philippines, it will dwarf the combined fury of recent typhoons, which often caught the country unprepared. Some climate scientists believe that with the greenhouse gases already in the atmosphere, global warming will continue even if carbon emission is cut to currently-proposed levels.

    Among verified results of global warming are extreme weather events and record temperature rise, receding glaciers, and rising sea levels — together known as climate change. This will impact on biodiversity, agriculture & fisheries, diseases, human settlements, and cause more public misery in poor countries. High population density (limited land area), archipelagic condition (many coastal communities), and, foremost, widespread poverty make the Philippines even more vulnerable.

    Climate change & poverty are “the two defining challenges of this century.” The world is concerned with two things — mitigation and adaption. Stop all talks about mitigation and concentrate on adaptive measures. These need technological know-how. The poor condition and ignorance of S&T are the main causes of poverty in the country. And they can only be reduced through improved higher education
    and scientific research. Whereas this will take years, there is no shortcut to preparing for the worst. 

    The first step is to put the right people in the S&T dept (DOST), the higher education commission (CHED), and the national S&T academy (NAST). There is hardly any better alternative. The deterioration of the country’s science and education in the last 5 decades has shown this. And it can be verified. “The easiest way to assess if one has made any major contributions to one’s field is with the ISI data base called Web of Knowledge.”  This gives lists of published papers and citations.

    The Philippines should radically reform its approaches in solving problems to ensure the achievement of its objectives. “It is not about the advancement of science just for science sake. Rather, it is about advancing science in the context of a desire to improve the human condition. This entails attention to the processes by which understandings from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and engineering influence or fail to influence public policy.”  (S&T for sustainable well-being, Science, 25 January 2008.)

    For a more serious discussion of climate change, Google (Gmail) or Yahoo search “Adapting to climate change through research & education” 

    Flor Lacanilao

    • Anonymous

      how do you explain that to the tambay na lasenggero pa sa kanto and to the addict sa pusoy down street, or to the chismosa at the sari sari store com carenderia and to the teens taking rugby.

  • Anonymous

    Instead of blaming, look towards making corrections to address the problem.  

  • DarkJustice

    Fools! Dont blame the climate change! Blame those in govt who dont have plans on this country,people who dont have discipline! Sa tingin mo bakit nagbabaha? Dahil sa malabundok na basura sa estero,sa punong pinutol ng mga illegal loggers,walang kaplano-planong sewege system sa mga cities,sa mga developers na walang green area sa plan,etccc!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OJWHBJLMWPTRUOZMN6JOMHLO2A Banana Na

    hay naku, pati mga taga-ateneo at UP ang mga naka-position ng government, parang sinabi mo ang taongbayan ng PILIPINAS, ang utak namin ay pang elementary lang, sa ganyan ang reason ng government agency ay tatanggapin namin ang reason na ito…buhay talaga sa pilipinas…..

  • Anonymous

    I think long before the many, many warnings published or shown about Climate Change or Global Warming, the Philippines already had and still have, the recipe for disaster. I mean, What do we make out of widespread deforestation and mismanaged waste-disposal, that has for so long plagued our lands. Worse, we filipinos seem very oblivious to it until such time that a natural disaster strikes. The irony is, when a natural disaster of this magnitude (Ondoy, Pedring, Quiel, and more to come) has not hit us, we don’t seem to care. And once we are struck, we begin to blame.

    The worst man-made, perhaps “Filipino-made,” disaster for me is corruption in the government which did not spare even the enviromental protection programs. Whatever happened to the wide-ranging reforestation programs? To the multitude of environmental projects “sponsored” “authored” “spear-headed” and complete with “photo-op” involving our “noble” lawmakers and officials?  Whatever happened to the PDAF or Pork Barrel which, at the congressman’s will, can be diverted to protect the many constituents especially in the provinces and supposedly forested (but are now barren) regions?

    And whatever happened to the multi-million peso rice research that would have given us better crops that can withstand typhoons and still come up with better production of our staple food?

    One other thing, is the seemingly innate attitude of many officials in our government, that is, speaking up in the media after every disaster, trying their darn-hardest to express “noble concern” to our “poor countrymen” while putting the blame on just about any and every agency they can point their fingers to and even have the guts to call for “congressional inquiry” on the matter “in aid of legislation” but all for “media mileage” anyway. Who are they fooling??? Sadly, i guess they fool the media too because reporters and media networks keep paying attention to their ridiculous “post-disaster nobility.”

    God help us. At this point i don’t know anymore what’s worst? Climate Change or US?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Iggy-Ramirez/100002669112738 Iggy Ramirez

    Everything has a cycle. If all humans died, it would only be the chance of the Earth to recover and for new species to appear. 

    Just like what was said in the film “The Matrix”, “You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus”

    Let us enjoy all the remaining good things in this world because they will soon disappear in the years to come. We, the virus of this world, will destroy it. It is in our blood. It is our purpose.

    This natural disaster problem is already on a global level and Filipinos cannot do anything.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TUHBGSPZMZEJQ6ZXKBUYT7NGVU jogie Sagales

      I’m sorry but you seem to be pessimistic in your account of the present situation. If all filipinos share the same opinion as yours, then the filipinos are damned.

      Think positive and do something for the future generations. 

  • Anonymous

    We reap what we sow….’nuff said…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PDGJ5TPDFWFXUDVTM34Y6SHF74 don

    “blame climate change” = clueless

  • Anonymous

    Why blame Climate Change?
    Blame us…for the reason that we are busy of nothing that we forgot to call above. For heaven’s sake God is watching us.
    Remember too that Noah experienced flooding for 40 days and 40 nights but blame nobody.
    He did not blame climate change, instead he was prepared and he prayed and  prayed and God told him what to do. In short, there was warning.
    Don’t blame Climate Change, they are there forever. Blame US for we forget HIM.

  • Anonymous

    It should also be noted that the area of the Philippines, will be amongst the worst areas of the world to be affected by sea-level rise, due in part to the climate of the area causing the expansion of the ocean. Areas like Manila Bay and the Lingayen Gulf, will sea levels rise at least 1 to 2 metres by the end of this century, when some babies born now, will still be around to have to cope with it!!

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