Climate Change Alert
April 18, 2007
The Philippines is on its way to a major climate change catastrophe that is, unless the government takes urgent and ambitious action to avert a disaster that will put millions of Filipinos at risk. Greenpeace issued the warning April 4 during the release of never-before seen maps that illustrate the extent of climate change impacts on the archipelago. Only 1 of the 16 regions of the Philippines is not vulnerable to a one meter rise in sea level. The regions and provinces most susceptible to sea level rise, extreme weather events, and landslides are also among those with the highest poverty incidence. The cost of the impacts of extreme weather events brought about by typhoons and increased rainfall, already in the hundred millions, is steadily rising. "The stakes are much higher than what we�ve originally imagined. The entire Philippines is a climate hotspot, vulnerable to the worst manifestations of climate change. And unless this disaster is averted, the costs in human lives and economic losses will continue to rise to catastrophic proportions."
Greenpeace demands urgent action as costs to threaten millions of FilipinosView the Climate Change Catastrophe Map for the Philippines
Map of the Philippines indicating tragedies from 1991 to 2006 triggered by extreme weather events such as typhoons and increase in rain fall. This list of tragedies include the Legazpi Mudslide and the Guinsaugon, Leyte Landslide which the Center for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters declared as 2nd and 3rd of the World's Deadliest Disasters of 2006, respectively. A total of 2,511 people were killed and almost 800,000 families were affected by these tragedies. More Images