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Tsunami in Samoa and Floods in the Philippines, Signs of Dangers of Climate Change

The recent quake and tsunami in Samoa and the heaviest flooding in the Philippines in 42 years are two of the most recent events that shows the dangers of Climate Change and the need to immediately address the issue locally and globally.

Samoa is an island that would continuously be in danger as Climate Change increases sea levels while an increased sea level and warmer temperature means heavier and stronger typhoons.

This also goes to the Philippines which is an archipelago. It is already predicted that if climate change goes unabated more than 1,000 to 3,000 of its islands will be way below sea level and might be wiped out of the map in the next 20 to 50 years depending on the gravity of the effects of Climate Change.

In December 2009 at Copenhagen, a successor protocol to the Kyoto Protocol will be ratified and signed by countries around the world. We hope that the countries who are the largest contributor to Climate Change be committed in addressing these issues particularly the United States, China and India.

The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCC) Office already expressed their sentiments and frustration about the ongoing talks on the successor protocol.

Meanwhile in the Philippines, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Service Administation (PAGASA) admitted that Climate Change was indeed the cause of the weird weather patterns that they begin to observe 2 years ago.

The number of typhoons entering the Philippines and the amount of rainfall had considerably increased during the last 2 years. Ondoy (international name Ketsana) is not even a strong typhoon but its rainfall content was definitely surprising and disturbing.

Two more typhoons are threatening the Philippines in the next two weeks while in other places, countries like Maldives and Samoa are in danger of total extinction from the face of the earth.

Let us hope that people and government leaders realize the need to truly be in harmony with nature and address climate change issues.

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