Climate Change and the Philippines
Climate change is a significant and lasting change in the statistical distribution of weather patterns over periods ranging from decades to millions of years. It may be a change in average weather conditions, or in the distribution of weather around the average conditions. Climate change is a “change in climate which is attributed directly to human activity that alters the composition of the global atmosphere and which is in addition to natural climate variability observed over comparable time periods.Certain human activities have also been identified as significant causes of recent climate change, often referred to as "global warming. Global warming refers to the increase in the earth’s mean temperature as a result of enhanced greenhouse effect. Global warming could lead to freakish weather patterns such as unexpected drought, typhoons, and sudden snowstorms. In the Philippines, there are already trends of increasing number of hot days and warm nights, but decreasing number of cold days and cool nights. Both maximum and minimum temperatures are generally getting warmer. Other extreme weather/climate events like intense rains have been seen to be more frequent. Human activities can also cause climate change. Scientists now agree that most of the global warming today have been caused by human activities. The Philippines has not been spared of the weather-related disturbances and disasters. The past typhoons have been unusually heavy and have brought devastation to our country and our people. Typhoons and Floods The Philippines is located in the typhoon belt. We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect. The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. Till now man has been up against Nature; from now on he...
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