Study: Philippines among countries most affected by climate change

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The Philippines is one of the countries that suffer the most from extreme weather events, which exact a high death toll and economic losses, a study by an international think tank said.

Analyzing data from 1991 to 2010, Germanwatch, a climate and development organization, said the Philippines ranked 10th among countries when it came to exposure and responding to severe weather caused by climate change.

All the countries identified to be most affected in the past two decades were developing countries, the study noted. Aside from the Philippines, these were Bangladesh, Burma (Myanmar), Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic, Pakistan and North Korea.

“This year’s analysis underlines that less developed countries are generally more affected than industrialized countries, according to the Climate Risk Index. With regard to future climate change, the Climate Risk Index can serve as a warning signal indicating past vulnerability which may further increase in regions where extreme events will become more frequent or more severe through climate change,” the report said.

The Philippines, a country of about 94 million, sits on the earthquake-prone Ring of Fire. It is also on the path of typhoons that form in the western Pacific. The country is visited by about 20 storms every year.

During the observation period, the Philippines had the biggest number of meteorological events recorded at 270. Bangladesh trailed behind at 251 weather events.

The death toll from various weather-related disasters in the Philippines reach an average of 801 deaths per year. For every 100,000 Filipinos, 1.03 is killed by a meteorological disaster, according to the Germanwatch report.

Severe weather catastrophes also led to economic losses for the country. The report said the Philippines lost $660 million every year from the disasters.

The Germanwatch study was released a week before world leaders conduct another round of talks under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UN FCCC) in Durban, South Africa.

The UN FCCC seeks to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2050 from 1990 levels to stop the planet from heating up. Scientists said that a 2-degree-Celsius increase in global temperatures would cause extreme weather events that would be disastrous to many countries.

The Durban summit also aims to have an agreement post-Kyoto Protocol and establish a Green Climate Fund for countries vulnerable to climate change.

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  • Anonymous

    This was only published for the reason that this incompetent Govt. and President have an excuse for their unsuccessful way of ruling this country.. 

    • Templar Society

      It’s a actually a fact. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SSRQESFE5LHGZM2D3QDEYYEYSY Nielky

    Yes. Because of Over Population 

    • http://twitter.com/Truther101 TruthHurts

      Another unfounded sweeping generalization.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KZAAB7HD25WF7UJIFY3RN6ITS4 ROMEO

    The unabated plunder of the Philippines’ natural resources that also serve as natural defense against disasters and unbridled population are the main reasons why the country ranks among the worst hit by global climate change. An archipelago located in the Western Pacific, it is subjected to frequent tropical storms (typhoons) that bring heavy rains and with the rugged terrain bereft of forests because of logging,mining and the lack of or poor land use management floods and landslides have become annual occurrences. Mangrove forests that serve as natural defense against storm surges have been exploited for decades, while reefs have been destroyed by destructive fishing and harvesting of corals. Once a paradise, the Philippines is now a nightmare due to the increasing frequencies and severity of both natural and anthropogenic disasters that hit the country annually…Corruption makes it even much worse!!!

    • http://twitter.com/Truther101 TruthHurts

      “The unabated plunder of the Philippines’ natural resources that also
      serve as natural defense against disasters and unbridled population are the main reasons why the country ranks among the worst hit by global climate change.”

      Support that assertion. Such sweeping generalizations are not only hollow but ultimately idiotic.

      What natural resources are being plundered?
      Were they completely eradicated, wiped-out, consumed?
      Or does nature replenish the same?
      Where is the study to support that assertion?
      Without human intervention, doesn’t nature ravish its own self?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    Since typhoons are coming from the Eastern part of the country like Pacific Ocean,Why can´t we divert most of our agricultural business at the Western part of our countries? Less disaster pa? We can´t evade natural disasters anyway but we have to understand the nature,and typhoon´s port of entry from which it will devastate on it´s early touch down!

  • http://twitter.com/Truther101 TruthHurts

    “The Durban summit also aims to have an agreement post-Kyoto Protocol and
    establish a Green Climate Fund for countries vulnerable to climate
    change.”

    Ha! Now we know. This is all about money and resource control and NOT the climate or nature.

    News agencies like Inquirer should take a more serious approach in fact-finding the politics and intention behind these supposed “environmental” agendas because humans right now are more vigilant.

    Inquirer would lose all credibility and all of our faith in it if we find out that it’s pushing an agenda as opposed to verifiable facts.

  • Anonymous

    climate changes always occurs in the earth when the earth’s orbit move nearer or farther from the sun, which is the center of the solar system: cold and hot season are expected from time to time with the distance from the sun, OK? this is not unusual, only people who don’t read history like Al Gore will make this a big deal, OK? in the middle of the ’90s, europe experienced a tremendous freezing weather including part of the sea froozen, but not every year, OK, Ms Alave?  again,  this is caused by the revolving of the earth around the sun, sometimes closer, sometimes farther from it, he, he,he! the filipinos in general do not know how to conserve their natural resources like trees and mountains to preserve nature that will cushion any natural calamities that will come, OK? YOU DO NOT BLAME CLIMATE CHANGE, BLAME YOURSELF, HA, HA, HA!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MAVNEFXUT5OTDLRSUXPQST6SUI catmanjohn

      guys full of hot like you are part of the problem. Do the world a favor and don’t breed. You will inevitably leave your offsprings a bigger sewer mess than the one you are living in now.

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