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PIA Press Release
2009/02/23

Climate change caused by abuses to environment DENR

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (23 February) -- The change in climate is caused by the people's abuses done to the environment, according to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here.

Derlito Rico, Environment Management Specialist of DENR-Aklan some of these abuses include improper disposal/burning of garbage, deforestation, air pollution due to smokes emitted by vehicles and factories, etc., which causes global warming and disturbance to plant and animal life.

"Global warming causes the melting of ice in the north and south poles of the earth, bringing floods and submerging low-lying areas. This might be one of the reasons why dolphins stray in shallow waters. Global warming might have caused the ocean to change its water temperature, driving sea creatures from their original habitat", Rico said in a recent radio interview.

Rico also said global warming affects the country's economy, food production, and the people's health, threatened with deadly diseases due to unclean surroundings.

"Environmental laws, like the Clean Air Act, should be taken seriously by the people. Many government agencies are involved in the implementation of the law, not just the DENR", Rico said.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo recently took over the chairmanship of the Presidential Task Force on Climate Change in a move to strengthen government's efforts to respond to the far-reaching effects of climate change to the nation's food security, human health, water supply, and economic development.

The President also wanted to consolidate all government efforts to move in one direction so the country will have a cohesive and integrated action framework against climate change.

Experts said just like anywhere in the world, the Philippines had been experiencing temperature spikes brought about by climate change. (PIA) [top]

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