Thursday, December 17, 2009

Global warming could sink Cebu in the Philippines

Marjun A. Baguio, University of Cebu Intern /NLQ in via Freeman News (Philippines): Global warming and climate change threaten to submerge and wipe out the whole of Cebu by 2020, the chairman of Typhoon Committee Foundation, warned, as he called for the public to be aware of drastic effects of calamities that may hit Philippines, specifically Cebu. Angeo Palmones, chairman of the Typhoon Committee Foundation, Inc. revealed this during yesterday’s Forum-Orientation on Typhoon, Flood, and Climate Change held at the Cebu Institute of Technology Auditorium.

The gathering was in coordination with Department of Science and Technology Region 7 and Alyansa ng mga Grupong Haligi ng Agham at Teknolohiya para sa Mamamayan (AGHAM) and was participated in by students from various universities in Cebu. Palmones, a professor of University of the Philippines Diliman, and the co-founder and first president of the Philippine Science Journalists Association, Inc. said that they received a report from Greenpeace Southeast Asia stating that because of the impact of climate change, rise in local sea levels, and receding coastlines could flood and submerge the entire Cebu.

Greenpeace is a non-government organization for the protection and conservation of the environment. Greenpeace uses direct action, lobbying and research to achieve its goals. “Every area is vulnerable to the destructive impact of climate change and we better get ready for that,” he said.

Palmones added that because of the dramatic melting of the polar ice cap and the melting glaciers and land-based ice sheets, they also contribute to rising sea levels, threatening low-lying areas around the globe with beach erosion, coastal flooding, and contamination of freshwater supplies….

Locator map of Cebu by Magalhães, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License


John said...

That's a scary thought. It's a little hard to believe though the even the mountains in Cebu will be submerged. That'll require a major rise in the water level, doesn't it?

If it's as soon as 2020, there'll be a major shake-up in the real estate market too.

Anonymous said...

It'slike another nostradamus prediction, probably we should plant more trees, big trees to root down down deep.