Saturday, May 15, 2010

Climate change and biodiversity: Enhance positive, minimize negative

Anjo C. Alimario in the Business Mirror (Philippines): Among the major concerns on climate change and biodiversity are how to enhance the positive relationship between the two and minimize the negative. This matter was tackled in the latest book of the Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture (Searca), which underscores the relationship between climate change and biodiversity as it offers in-depth analysis on how they are interlinked and interrelated.

Entitled Moving Forward: Southeast Asian Perspective on Climate Change and Biodiversity, the book, launched on Tuesday at the Asian Institute of Management, is a copublication of Searca with the Institute of Southeast Asian Studies.

…Much of the book’s contents are lessons learned from the research program as well as comparative perspectives and experiences in other countries, Saguiguit shared. Importantly, it draws attention to what is often “eluded but not well-investigated and -established link” between climate change and biodiversity loss or conservation, he added.

Dr. Percy Sajise, the lead editor of the book, cited that the messages of the book emphasize how the positive relationship between climate change and biodiversity can be enhanced by recognizing the importance of sharing of knowledge, materials and technology at all hierarchical level between societies and geographical divides. “Those existing constraints prevent this from happening must be alleviated, if not entirely eliminated,” he said.

…He also highlighted as a key message of the book the significance of “good science.” Good science must serve as basis for developing policies and environment and institutional arrangements which can promote the positive relationship between climate change and biodiversity, Sajise said. “Good science and appropriate political will must combine to enhance the supporting government that will promote this positive relationship,” he added....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dear Editor

Recent research by Henrik Svensmark and his group at the Danish National
Space Center points to the real cause of the recent warming trend. In a
series of experiments on the formation of clouds, these scientists have
shown that fluctuations in the Sun's output cause the observed changes in the
Earth's temperature.

In the past, scientists believed the fluctuations in the Sun's output were
too small to cause the observed amount of temperature change, hence the need
to look for other causes like carbon dioxide. However, these new
experiments show that fluctuations in the Sun's output are in fact large
enough, so there is no longer a need to resort to carbon dioxide as the
cause of the recent warming trend.

The discovery of the real cause of the recent increase in the Earth's
temperature is indeed a convenient truth. It means humans are not to blame
for the increase. It also means there is absolutely nothing we can, much
less do, to correct the situation.

Thomas Laprade