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The fight for food and climate justice

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Just three days after Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (known internationally as “Haiyan”), the biggest storm to ever make landfall, devastated my homeland, I attended the opening of the United Nations’ climate change talks in Poland.

Posted: March 27th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

WMD

Perhaps the most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.” That’s how US Secretary of State John Kerry recently called climate change—a statement that represents a remarkable turnaround for a country that not only refused to sign the Kyoto Protocol but at one point even withdrew support from it.

Posted: February 22nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

PH a case study on Earth’s fate

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After Super Typhoon “Yolanda/Haiyan” last November, we face even more dangerous impacts of climate change in the years ahead as the heating of the planet Earth increases and our needs for energy, water and food escalate. With an expanding population of almost 99 million, the Philippines is the 12th most populous country in the world.

Posted: February 19th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The day after tomorrow

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That’s the title of a movie that seemed particularly appropriate for the recent deep freeze in the United States due to the “polar vortex,” a giant swirling of cold air in the atmosphere.

Posted: February 3rd, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Typhoon-free’ Mindanao?

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By now it has become a comical refrain. But we can only understand how history, a discipline that entails hours of documentary research, eludes many of our government functionaries and even opinion writers.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Climate change kills the poor first

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Without much attention from those not directly affected, tropical depression Agaton kills over 40 in Mindanao. And because the storm that has been bringing heavy rains hardly moves and has not yet exited, it can cause more deaths. I wrote last week that 2014 will not be a walk in the park, and Agaton is a precursor of things to come.

Posted: January 24th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Viewpoints | Read More »

Extreme rainfall

Extreme or unusual weather is the new normal; there is no excuse not to prepare for it. The weather disturbance that was “Agaton”—a low-pressure area that developed into the year’s first tropical depression, and then after three days weakened into an LPA again—is more proof that weather patterns are changing. Our disaster response strategies must change as well.

Posted: January 21st, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Relentless surge

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Senator Ramon “Bong” Revilla Jr. scoffs at charges that he diverted his pork barrel 22 times to bogus nongovernment organizations. But spot reports and evening newscasts on scandal can smudge the significant.

Posted: January 20th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Samar-Leyte more than thrice

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Ambeth Ocampo’s lament is right. We never learn from the lessons of history. It appears that Tacloban was hit by a storm surge twice in the past, in 1897 and 1902, when remarkable typhoons were said to have lashed the place. The Eastern Visayan historian Rolando Borinaga, whose family survived “Yolanda,” is also uncovering data [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Global warming partly caused by humans

With the relief operations for Supertyphoon “Yolanda” victims finally in full steam, it is an opportune time to bring the effects of global warming to everyone’s attention, especially to that of the international community.

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Is world ready for climate change refugees?

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Last week Agence France Presse reported on the case of a Pacific islander who had sought refugee status in New Zealand by arguing that his homeland, the island-nation Kiribati, is known to be sinking. His case received media attention. But the judge dismissed his case as “unconvincing” and “novel.” Ioane Teitiota, 37, whose visa had [...]

Posted: December 4th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Crying

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I nearly fell out of my seat when I read that Yeb Saño nearly got grounded for getting emotional at the United Nations conference on climate change in Poland. As everyone knows by now, Supertyphoon “Yolanda” howled at about the same time the conference began, and Saño at least sobbed, if not howled, along with it.

Posted: November 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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