Baguio joins global climate action

BAGUIO City has given support to the conduct of activities related to global climate action, giving attention to the effects of climate change in the country.

A march for environment will be held on September 20 from Burnham Park, passing through Session Road, Magsaysay Avenue all the way to People's Park. It will be attended by various civic groups, non-government sectors and government organizations.

On September 21, a run for the environment is scheduled at the Athletic Bowl, followed by a chalk drawing activity at Session Road on September 22, while a global climate action culminating activity will be held on September 27 with a climate march from Melvin Jones to Baguio City Hall.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) noted evidences of drastic climate change in the country.

The most recent scientific assessments confirmed warming of the climate system since the mid-20th century is most likely due to human activities such as burning of fossil fuels and land use change that increase greenhouse gas concentrations.

Pagasa noted that adaptation planning is needed to be able to investigate the potential consequences of anthropogenic or human-induced climate change through a plausible future climate based on a reliable and accurate baseline (or present) climate.

Climate scientists call a climate change scenario as a projection of the response of the climate system to future emissions or concentrations of greenhouse gases and aerosols, and is simulated using climate models. It describes possible future changes in climate variables (such as temperatures, rainfall, storminess, winds, etc.) based on baseline climatic conditions.

The climate change scenarios outputs (projections) are important steps in improving understanding of complex climate, particularly in the future.

Pagasa said local climate could change dramatically should the global community fail to act towards effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions.


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