Friday, September 08, 2006

Weather is changing

My observations, hehehe, I am not that old, but in my life of 30+ years thus far, I have observed that, in the Philippines:

1. There is an increase of frequency of Tornado hitting the country.
2. The frequency of typhoon hitting Leyte, Samar, and Catanduanes has been reduced. My observation is that the path of typhoons has move up towards the North i.e. hitting HK, Taiwan, China and Japan frequently now, than before i.e. Leyte, Samar and Catanduanes.
3. The weather now is much warmer than say, 15 years ago.


On the news from CNN:

Scientist: Planet going back to dinosaur era

NORWICH, England (Reuters) -- Global warming over the coming century could mean a return of temperatures last seen in the age of the dinosaur and lead to the extinction of up to half of all species, a scientist said on Thursday.

Not only will carbon dioxide levels be at the highest levels for 24 million years, but global average temperatures will be higher than for up to 10 million years, said Chris Thomas of the University of York.

Between 10 and 99 percent of species will be faced with atmospheric conditions that last existed before they evolved, and as a result from 10-50 percent of them could disappear.

"We may very well already be on the breaking edge of a wave of mass extinctions," Thomas told the annual meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science.

Scientists predict average global temperatures will rise by between two and six degrees centigrade by 2100, mainly as a result of the heat-trapping carbon dioxide being pumped into the air from burning fossil fuels for transport and power.

"In geological terms 100 years is effectively instantaneous," Thomas noted.


So, what can we do?