Should denial of climate change continue? Print
Thursday, 23 November 2017 14:34

By Remedios F. Marmoleño

These past 3 months or so the media have reported a number of severely damaging natural calamities in our planet. Thank God these have been in places outside our country. We have had our share, of course, like flooding and typhoons, but luckily these have not been as bad as what took place in other places like the Caribbean and the US southern coast.

When the media carried photos of the situation in Houston when Hurricane Harvey landed I could only pray in  thanksgiving that the Philippines was not in its path. When a number of islands in the Caribbean , mainly Puerto Rico, were ravaged by Hurricane  Maria I found myself feeling guilty that I get very anxious when the water pressure in our area goes down or our electricity is off for a couple of hours. In the places where the hurricanes damaged as much as 80-90% of the structures the residents are even now still without   normal supply of water and electricity.

The areas hit in this year’s hurricane season are not strangers to hurricanes. But the ones that did strike this year had been unusually strong ( Category 4 or 5) and consequently more destructive. The photo spread in TIME of the destruction wrought by  the hurricane on Puerto Rico was heart wrenching.

A news report at about this time explained that the surface temperature of the oceans in which hurricanes are born contributes to the strength of the hurricane. The higher the water temperature the stronger the hurricane. What was even more disturbing was the statement that the world can expect stronger hurricanes ( or typhoons as we know them in our part of the world) as time goes by.

A day or two after the ASEAN meeting in Manila an item was reported in the media that CO2 in our atmosphere has increased for the first time in 4 years. This is a piece of information that we should look at carefully.  In the Paris Agreement  signatory countries committed  to make diligent efforts to scale down the emission of CO2 and other gases to the atmosphere because these gases contribute to global warming, which in turn causes climate change, and this in turn causes different impact on our planet.

The basic schema we can consider is:  more greenhouses gases in the atmosphere = global warming = climate change = more destructive weather disturbances.

Some people including Pres Trump have dismissed climate change as a hoax put together by scientists (?) or the powerful blocs they work for.  Under Pres Trump the US pulled out of the Paris Agreement.

Without human intervention to  limit CO2 emissions global warming  will continue and thus the planet will also go through climate change. Who should we heed,   Pres Trump or scientists?

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