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    Phl official: Let’s rally vs climate change

    A PHILIPPINE official on Tuesday urged all sectors to help government leave to future generations of Filipinos a legacy of resilience, not vulnerability, to climate change.
    Palace Deputy Spokesperson Abigail Valte said government needs the cooperation and support of all sectors as climate change is a complex issue.
    "We must work together to find a solution," Valte said.
    She raised the point as experts cited human activities as mainly causing the increase in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which they said trap heat in the atmosphere, raising global temperature since the mid-20th century so climate change resulted.
    Citing key findings of its Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said such warming is undeniable.
    Limiting climate change will require substantial and sustained reduction in GHG emissions, IPCC noted.
    Dr. Rosa Perez, one of the Philippines' IPCC experts, said human activities like deforestation, energy production, agriculture, industrial operations and waste generation are among the sources of GHGs like carbon dioxide.
    "Climate affects us and the environment but we also affect climate through such activities," Perez said.
    She warned about excessive emission of GHGs, noting this exacerbates the warming greenhouse effect.
    Latest available data confirm occurrence of warming over the years, Perez noted.
    "Thirteen of the 14 warmest years were recorded in the 21st century," she said. "Is it bad? Yes. It seems we're already having planetary fever."
    Experts already warned the Philippines is among countries most vulnerable to climate change's impacts.
    Such impacts are onslaught of weather extremes as well as sea level and temperature rise.
    Government continues spearheading GHG emission-reducing initiatives, like those promoting green production, to mitigate climate change.
    Also among government's initiatives are disaster risk reduction and other coping mechanisms aimed at helping the country adapt to the changing climate.
    "Though we're not so naive to think that climate change's major effects are still reversible, we also believe this is not the beginning of a continuing decline," Valte said.
    In November 2013, typhoon "Yolanda" (international name Haiyan) plowed through Central Philippines and nearly destroyed everything in its path.
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