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 Post subject: Typhoon Washi Philippines
PostPosted: Sun Dec 18, 2011 10:05 pm 
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In the face of the terrible destruction wrought by the tropical storm/typhoon Washi over the weekend has anyone topped to think about why the destruction was so severe? Or, why the affected area was so ill-prepared for the storm?

It is my observation that the Philippines has lost 90% of its forest cover during the period since the Second World War. The vast majority of the loss has been directly due of the greed of persons with sufficient influence to flaunt the law, who have either allowed or been party to the rape of the forests for personal gain.

Without the trees to soak up the water, the water has no place to go except to fill the creeks and rivers to overflowing. Add to this the phenomenon of rising sea levels, due to the heating of the Earth's oceans and the associated loss of glacial ice, and a lethal combination of destruction is inevitable . . . especially in areas of the World that are not expecting to be visited by storms containing more water (because of the higher temperatures).

Tropical storm / Typhoon Washi was not extraordinary in terms of its path through the Philippines. However, the volume of rain was because of the changing climate and the level of deforestation that preceded it is without equal since ancient times.

You have a choice:

Reforest and cut CO2 = the destruction will be reduced in future.

Keep cutting and keep churning out CO2 = prepare for the destruction from Typhoon Washi to be repeated over and over again


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 Post subject: Re: Typhoon Washi Philippines
PostPosted: Wed Dec 28, 2011 10:44 am 
Actually, President Aquino, two days after the event, did make note that a significant factor that exaggerated the scope of the destruction caused by the very heavy rainfall, was indeed the deforestation of the surrounding mountains and hills. He instructed all municipal units to stop "illegal logging". The problem is that (a) there is little forest left to protect and (b) it has been noted that it is those with influence within municipalities that have been directly responsible for the previous illegal logging.

What is needed is accountability for those involved in the former as well as the current illegal logging and a pervasive system of reforestation.

Cagayan De Oro and Iligan are classic examples of how short term greed kills the innocent.

Stop the logging, start the planting now.


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 Post subject: Re: Typhoon Washi/Sendong Philippines
PostPosted: Thu Jan 05, 2012 7:30 pm 
Typhoon Washi, actually tropical storm Sendong, in the Philippines was indeed a disaster, Illegal logging the most likely aggravating factor.

But am I being too cynical when I note that Royal Dutch Shell announce a US$1 million donation, to help finance rehabilitation as a result of Sendong, coincident with their raising of gasoline and diesel prices nationwide?

See article: Inquirer newspaper

The timing of their announcements would seem to suggest that the Philippine commuting and driving public is paying for that apparently generous donation from Shell.

When will the rich start to be honest about their greed and be truly generous with their donations to those who cannot afford a proper first house (let alone a condo in Rockwell and a beach house in Anvaya Cove or second or third or fourth in some other luxury housing development)?

I agree: stop the logging start the replanting now na!


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