SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau
15 September 2021 05:50:53 PM
The House Committee on Climate Change chaired by Bohol Rep. Edgar Chatto convened on Wednesday for an online briefing entitled “Physical Science Basis of the 6th Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)". In his opening remarks, Chatto cited the statement of United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres describing the report as a “code red for humanity”, meaning the world is dangerously close to irreversible global warming due to human activity. First to present was Dr. Faye Abigail Cruz, Head of the Regional Climate Systems Laboratory of the Manila Observatory. She cited some key messages from the 6th Assessment Report (AR6) Working Group I (WGI) report. First, it is indisputable that human activities are causing climate change, making extreme climate events, including heat waves, heavy rainfall, and droughts, more frequent and severe. Second, climate change is already affecting every region on Earth, in multiple ways and the changes will increase with further warming. Third, unless there are immediate, rapid, and large-scale reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Centigrade will be beyond reach. Dr. Rosa Perez, a member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission, presented the scenarios in cases of 1.5 degrees and 2 degrees Centigrade rise in global temperature. She discussed the: 1) background of 1.5 degrees Centigrade limit to global warming; 2) IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Centigrade; and 3) what’s new on the 1.5 degrees Centigrade and 2 degrees Centigrade global warming in the latest IPCC WGI report. Meanwhile, Dr. Marcelino Villafuerte II, Senior Weather Specialist of the Climatology and Agrometeorology Division of PAGASA, talked about the current weather and climate trends and extreme weather patterns in the country. He was followed by Dr. Alfred Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of the University of the Philippines Resilience Institute. He gave a presentation on climate change from the point of view of disaster and how to adapt to or mitigate climate change through Local Climate Change Action Plans (LCCAPs) and Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs). Climate Change Commission Policy Research and Development Division Chief Jerome Ilagan talked about the local implications of climate change. Meanwhile, the title of the presentation of Manila Observatory Executive Director Dr. Antonio La Vina was “The Future Of Climate Change Negotiations: AR 6 And Its Impacts On Glasgow And Beyond”. Masbate Rep. Elisha Kho expressed her appreciation to the resource speakers for giving comprehensive reports on policies on climate change. She also said that everyone must participate and contribute to climate change mitigation.