DOST: Global climate change an alarming issue
by Jonabelle Camino
Baguio City (20 February) -- The increase in Green House Gases (GHG) emissions due mainly to human activities causes global warming which leads to climate change, which is now an alarming issue.
This was stressed by Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - Philippine Council for Industry and Energy Research and Development (PCIERD) Science Research Specialist Ryan Cristopher P. Viado, in a forum at the Benguet State University last week.
According to Viado, if the GHG continues to increase, people could face bigger problems such as rising sea level, varying temperature, precipitation, and extreme events that might resulted to an increase in diseases, lower water availability, increased flooding, increased heating and cooling demand, increased in migration of people, economic distributions, increased of peak energy loads, loss of cultural heritage, air and water quality degradation.
Viado explained that global temperature has been rising faster from year 1951-2006. Based on 2007 assessment report of Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), human activities has the highest contribution to global warming and increased atmospheric concentrations of greenhouses.
The global average surface temperature increased by 0.74 degree Celsius from year 1960 to year 2005. Meanwhile, the average sea level rose due to increased in the Global average surface temperature with an average rate of 1.8 mm per year over 1961 to 2003.
PCIERD-DOST made the assertion in the Science and Technology Techno Fora of the 2010 North Luzon Cluster S&T Fair: Seminar on "Climate Change: Adaption and Mitigation" to urge citizen to be more participative and aware on the issue of climate change. (PIA) [top]