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Thursday, 25 February 2016 14:06

BEHIND  THE  LINES

BY BOB JALDON

Los Angeles, CA. — the main issue in the presidential debates shouldn’t be about character, or strengthening the “Daang Matuwid”, or eradicating graft and corruption in the government, or killing drug dealers and criminals where they stand, or improving the country’s economy. It should be water scarcity and climate change.

The depletion of the ozone layer is threatening life here on earth. Scientists all over the world have bunched together to fight climate change. Global ramifications of climate change is something that not only scientists but also politicians should address with urgency. The presidential candidates must encourage discussions on climate change and not try to appear smart or sarcastic, or destroy each other’s personality through below-the-belt embarrassing remarks on television.

A rapidly melting portion of the West Antarctic Ice Sheets appears to be in an irreversible decline, a NASA scientist and a professor on Earth System Science said in a report. Something must be done to stop the entire glacial basin from disappearing into the ocean, he continued. “I am more overwhelmed because these things are happening so quickly,” Eric Rignot said. “It’s a time bomb,” he concluded.

Another scientist, Isabelle Velocogna, who uses satellite observations to track glaciers in Antarctic and Greenland, say that the world’s glaciers are melting into the oceans “not slowly but faster than we ever thought possible.”

Also, environmental research in one of the universities in California addresses challenges of climate change that affect the globe, as well as concerns on water scarcity. (Chito Vasquez, take note.) The research paper said: “Climate change is likely to deplete our region’s fresh water, burgeoning cities will increase water demands, hard-to-monitor contaminants in drinking water may increase in number, inland seas and their environments may be degraded by run-off pollution, and overdrafts of ground water by farming may continue to grow.”

In the first presidential debate, I heard no one argue about climate change. Each one was accusing the other of, well, incompetence in running the government, of oversights while holding public office, of negligence. My gum, at the end of everything, the man with much money will win.

Erap trounced Jose de Venecia and Alfredo Lim in the polls because his purse was fat with wealthy donors. Fidel V. Ramos beat Miriam Defensor-Santiago by a hairline because he had the backing of La Cory and because of alleged statistical improbabilities in three swing-vote provinces. GMArroyo dethroned The King, although highly doubtful, because she had money and someone on her side. PNoy easily defeated Manny Villar, et. al., because he had the name of his mother implanted in voters’ heads. Roxas? That’s another story to be told after May 9.