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Breaking Earth News: Philippines
Global Warming Alert

At a recent forum in Manila, former US vice-president Al Gore warned that up to two million Metro Manila residents may have to be evacuated from flooded communities as melting glaciers and the polar icecaps raise sea levels worldwide.

Feb 07, 2007
THE Philippines’ land area is slowly shrinking as the sea level continues to rise, an official from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Wednesday.
Edna Juanillo, Pagasa’s weather specialist, told the weekly Fernandina Forum at the Club Filipino in San Juan that from 1961 to 2003, the waters around the archipelago rose by 1.8 millimeter every year.
Juanillo attributed the rising sea level to the melting of the polar icecaps caused by global warming.
She said a Pagasa study also showed that coastal areas in Navotas, Malabon, Cavite, Davao City and Legazpi City sank by 15 centimeters from 1970 to 1999.
Global warming could still be stopped if greenhouse gases or industrial emissions that produce carbon dioxide could be limited. Reforestation of denuded forest and mountains could also help absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
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