• Action urged to ease climate change impact

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    An international group of scientists on Monday has begun releasing the first part of an updated report on the state of the global climate.

    However, the fifth assessment report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) will confirm what Filipinos already know—that climate change is real, according to Aksyon Klima Pilipinas (AKP), a national network of 40 civil society organizations working on climate and development issues.

    “Filipinos already feel the impact of climate change. The IPCC report should be a wake-up call to the rest of the world’s leaders that we human beings are the main cause behind global warming, and that it is up to all of us to do something about it,” said Voltaire Alferez, AKP national coordinator.

    However, Alferez added that the scientific consensus should drive action not only in international negotiations but also within the country.

    “The national government must allocate programmed funds for the People’s Survival Fund and convene the board to help local governments adapt. It must stop paying lip service to renewable energy in the climate action plan and rethink its plan to build more coal plants. Finally, it must now undertake the climate-proofing our local development plans to ensure that our communities are resilient to the effects of climate change,” he said.

    “Human influence on the climate system is clear,” according to the IPCC’s Summary for Policymakers by Working Group 1 of the IPCC in its fifth assessment report.

    The report is a worldwide scientific collaboration, made by 259 authors from 39 countries. The report will influence not only the upcoming climate negotiations in November but also the process leading to the forging of a new global climate deal in 2015.

    Members of AKP will join the annual United Nations climate talks, which will take place in Warsaw, Poland this year.

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