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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 »

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 »

Tacloban, not once but thrice

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Padre Faura is an Ermita street marked “P. Faura” after the Jesuit Fr. Federico Faura, first director of the Manila Observatory, the precursor of the Manila Weather Bureau and the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Posted: November 19th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Getting warmer

Supertyphoon “Yolanda” was one of the most powerful storms ever recorded. There is some debate whether it was in fact the most powerful of all time to hit land, as measured by wind strength.

Posted: November 14th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

Two typhoons

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As I write this, the country is bracing itself for two storms. One is a literal storm, a “supertyphoon” which will take the name of “Yolanda” once it reaches the Philippine area of responsibility. It was expected to enter the PAR yesterday morning and make landfall by this afternoon.

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Only humans are capable of changing the climate

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It is both comforting and terrifying to know that humans are the only beings on this planet who can truly do something about climate change. Our modern way of life has caused abnormal warming beyond historical patterns. Imagine this: The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, the main culprit of global warming, is higher than it has ever been in the last 800,000 years!

Posted: November 7th, 2013 in Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Nature’s nightmares

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What Ishmael Narag of Phivolcs and Dr. Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH have to say is far from entertaining but certainly enlightening, fear-inducing but fascinating.

Posted: November 6th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Forces of nature’

Just like the rains and the wind whipped up by the furious combination of the southwest monsoon (habagat) and Tropical Storm “Maring,” (international name “Trami”), the Filipinos’ generosity and sense of sacrifice proved once again to be no less formidable forces of nature. There was simply no stopping the Filipinos, despite the massive rainfall and flooding in Metro Manila, Central Luzon and Northern Luzon, from going out of their way to extend whatever little help they could. Even before Maring’s and the habagat’s rainwater turned into floods, public, private and volunteer groups had set themselves ready to be there for would-be victims however they could. And at the height of the rains and floods, rescue teams made a very reassuring presence where they were needed. When Maring finally left last Thursday, leaving behind hundreds of displaced families in shelters, everybody was helping out in more ways that were uniquely theirs.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Climate change up close and personal

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A MAN waded through a section of Osmeña Highway in Makati City, the country’s financial district, on Aug. 20, when up to 65 percent of Metro Manila was inundated due to torrential rains. Offices were closed, classes were suspended and flights were canceled. Many parts of Luzon were also flooded. AP

The heavy rains last week that caused severe flooding in Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon brought back memories of Tropical Storm “Ondoy” in 2009 and habagat (southwest monsoon) in 2012.

Posted: August 24th, 2013 in Infographics,Inquirer Opinion,Talk of the Town | Read More »

Underwater

First, the (relatively) good news. The inclement weather that paralyzed a good part of Luzon between Sunday and Wednesday dumped a total of 671.6 mm of rainwater—much more than the 455 mm recorded in 2009 (Tropical Storm “Ondoy”) or the 472 mm in 2012 (during last year’s habagat or southwest monsoon). And yet the worst weather disturbance in four years claimed the lives of “only” 18 persons.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Sorcery talk

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The rceptionist and the barbers literally jumped to their feet when I entered the shop, thankful they had a customer. It was the fourth day of rains, and shop owners and staff everywhere were clearly depressed, a cabin fever caused by a combination of being cooped up indoors and a lack of customers.

Posted: August 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Good news amid the gloom

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The news doesn’t look too good as of this writing, with waters rising in various areas of the metropolis and in surrounding provinces like Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, and even Bataan, Bulacan and Pampanga to the north. From our home in Antipolo, we are anxiously monitoring the rising levels of water in the nearby Marikina River, [...]

Posted: August 20th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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