Monday, August 13, 2012

Climate Change in Metro Manila

Chest-deep water greets commuters on Araneta Avenue in Quezon City 
early Tuesday morning as heavy rains continue to submerge 
many parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces.  
 Photo Credits: GMA News

I tried to calculate everything of what just recently happened here in Metro Manila, including some parts in the Northern Luzon, that made a big impact to the hearts of every Filipinos, worldwide.  I am concerned that we're already experiencing severe climate changes.  Those changes perceived is what we call Global Warming, simply the result of a normal climactic swing in the direction of increased temperature.

We had vehemently hot temperature that occurred in the whole summer.  I never experienced a long summer of extreme heat from the previous years.  Metro Manila was even called an "Urban Heat Island" from an article.  Due to increased heat last summer, many had reportedly experienced heat exhaustion or even the worst, heat stroke.

Related Article: Hottest day of the year in Metro Manila

This past few weeks, we've been experiencing from intermittent rainfalls to incessant one.  At first, it was due to the typhoon, Gener that brought strong winds but minimal rains.  Even, if you have an umbrella, it will never give protection because of the strong winds.  But, just this last week, August 6 at around 9 p.m. Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) upgraded rainfall alert from green to red over Metro Manila, as the “habagat” (southwest monsoon) continued to bring heavy rainfall in metropolis that lasted by Friday.

Here's a video from GMA NEWS of the flooded areas brought by Southwest Monsoon:

Could you imagine, it's not even a typhoon, but it brought tremendous rainfalls that caused severe floods to every places in Metro Manila and even some parts in the near provinces.  This is a real scenario for a climate change.  Global warming is really happening nowadays.  We can't blame the Earth for this to happen, but it's really is now.  We have been not so good to the environment.  And, added to that the urbanization of every places.

You shouldn’t think that what you do doesn’t matter, because we can all do something for the world.  Let's help by first improving ourselves even in the simplest way we can contribute for the betterment of our environment.

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