Mga “utak-pulbura”, di umubra kay Senator Alvarez!
BY: DENNIS ADOBAS
Dahil sa maagang paalala ng Climate Change Commissioner na si Senator Heherson Alvarez, halos zero balance ang talaan ng namatay o naputukan ng rebentador noong Bagong Taon!
Noong December 28, 2010 ay ipinakalat ng Climate Change Commission ang pagtaas ng carbon dioxide (CO2) emission from firecracker explosions in urban areas to as high as 2000%! Very extremely alarming indeed! “And the clear loser here is the environment!”, emphasizes Senator Alvarez.
Dagdag pang sabi ni Sen. Alvarez: “Our Oriental firecracker mentality, supposedly to ward off evil spirits, shows our disregard for the adverse environmental, public safety and health impacts of firecracker explosions that essentially add greenhouse gas emissions that heat the Earth, caused by flash gunpowder explosions and colorful toxic chemical stars”.
As DENR Secretary in 2001, Alvarez said the agency recorded a 2,000-percent increase in CO2 emissions as a result of firecracker explosions.
With at least 50% of the nation’s 80M people urbanized today, Alvarez further said that it would be no surprise after 10 years that another such 2000% greenhouse emissions hike is a real possibility”.
At the United Nations COP-16 Climate Change Conference in Cancun, Mexico early December 2010, Alvarez, who was part of the Philippine delegation, said at least five climate research institutes drummed up awareness that a global warming “tipping point” will occur in the next 50 years — four degrees centigrade hotter by 2060, to be exact.
“In Cancun, it was estimated that a continued fossil-intensive emissions scenario will frighteningly double the 2% estimated global heating to a 4% heating by 2070 due to carbon-cycle feedbacks by the overheated oceans of the world”, Alvarez said.
He added that a five gigaton (billion tons) gap in Cancun’s committed 48 gigaton carbon emissions reduction by 2020, which is equivalent to one year’s global emissions in the transportation sector, however, remains unsolved.
“By 2060, if man’s folly would have altered the world’s temperature by four degrees from pre-industrial Revolution levels, the overheating would certainly accelerate the melting of the massive ice sheets in the Arctic and Greenland” he warned.
This sea-level rise, he said, will cause intense flooding in low-lying areas like Metro Manila, Malabon, Guimaras and Cebu. In 2060 more than 60 percent of our present low lying islands and urban coastal areas will be permanently submerged.
“Part of the political and public sorely needed change is that firecracker mentality which aggravates global warming. In the firecrackers’– fiesta, the most vulnerable members of our society, our children, end up paying the price of limbs, lives and livelihood loss”, Alvarez said.
But far more ruinous is the impact of Global Warming and Climate Change: The destruction
of whole communities, human institutions and infrastructures.
A national ban on pyrotechnics and firecrackers, he said, may not yet pass against manufacturers’ and importers’ lobby.
“The solution remains with city governments that have their priorities right. Davao has a total ban. Mandaue and Cebu regulate sales. Makati declared pipeline oil-polluted Barangay Bangkal as a “no firecracker zone” white Taguig and Pasay have centralized firecracker show sites”Alvarez said.
He added, “In order to preempt the four degree centigrade heating by 2060, Cancun fortunately endorsed our ‘deep and early carbon cuts’ which the Philippines pioneered at COP-14 in Poznan, and affirmed by President Aquino in his New York speech at the UN General Assembly. But the grave danger remains that our own ‘firecracker mentality’ only adds senselessly to that dangerous gigaton carbon gap by 2020”.