Climate Change Causes Natural Disasters; Greenpeace Asks gova[euro][TM]t to Abandon Coal Use

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Byline: ELLALYN B. DE VERA

Avoid the mistakes of the industrialized world before it is too late.

This was the call sent out by Greenpeace yesterday as environment advocates asked the Philippine government to abandon coal and increase the share of renewables to 10 percent by 2010 in response to the extreme climate changes in the country. Ten percent would be coming from the sun, wind, and biomass energy.

"We are calling on the ASEAN government in particular the Philippines to avoid the mistakes of the industrialized world which had chosen to embark on a coal-based, fossil-fuel based energy path," Red Constantino, regional energy campaigner for Greenpeace Southeast Asia, said.

A Greenpeace report showed that climate change has been an effect of use of fossil fuel, such as coal.

In the study "Climate Change Impacts in the Philippines: Crisis or Opportunity" by meteorologist Leoncio Amadore, it was showed that increasing trends in temperature, sea level rise and extreme climate events in the country are consistent with the global trends.

Greenpeace reported that the 90as was the warmest decade and 1998 the warmest year as registered by the instrumental record (18612000).

The global average surface temperature has increased over the 20th century by about 0.6A[degrees]C, while global average sea level rose between 0.1 and 0.2 meters during the same period.

The rainfall may have increased by 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent per decade over the tropical land areas

"These signals of climate change is evident in the Philippines," Constantino said.

The recent persistent torrential rains that caused landslides and flash floods has been the result of climate change in the country. …