Showing posts with label climate change. Show all posts
Showing posts with label climate change. Show all posts

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Cold Weather In A Tropical Country


The rain started two days before the last day of 2013 and it continued to drizzle on and off since then. There has been a low pressure area (LPA) hovering in the country which seems to have no intention of leaving anytime soon. In fact, the air in most of the country has gotten colder today with temperatures between 20 and 24 degrees centigrade and the wind chill can go down as low as 17 degrees especially during early morning. In Baguio, it is even colder! Some people are enjoying the cool weather saying that it is just like that of San Francisco. Since I've never been stateside, I wouldn't know. Although I like the cool breeze too, and I'm happy that I can wear my cold weather clothes everyday now, I can't help but worry about this drop in temperature. We are a tropical country, located near the equator, where there are only two seasons (dry and wet) in a year! So, how can this be happening?

Friday, March 30, 2012

Crazy Weather, Tornado, A Leaking Roof And Earth Hour

We have been experiencing really crazy weather the past week.  I don't know if I should be grateful that the dry season isn't really going to be dry, which is good for the farms and the grass; or scared because summer should be here by now and it is still raining and quite heavily too. What is even more weird is the fact that yesterday at mid-day, a "buhawi/ipu-ipo" (tornado) hit the areas around The Bacolod Doctor's Hospital, St. John's Institute and the back portion of the University of St. La Salle, uprooting trees, throwing off billboards, ripping off rooftops and damaging properties.
Retrieved from skyscrapercity.com (original post by member Boy Muscovado)
flying debris are GI sheets, glass and wood 
(picture taken from behind The Doctor's Hospital)
besides the old Ceres North Terminal (photo retrieved from GMA news)
USLS parking lot besides the football field
another view (Bayan Mo, Ipatrol mo)
And to top it all, because of the heavy rainfall, the ceiling right over my bed starts to leak (a small drop every 5 or 10 minutes) when there is non-stop rain for more than 30 minutes and the worst part is that our handyman cannot go up the roof because of the rain. So I just have to grin and bear it until the sun comes out and it is safe to go up...SIGH!

All these are clear signs of climate change. We are not talking about a few April showers but torrential summer rain and tornadoes! If a few years back, we would only read and think about it, it is happening now and right in our own backyard. What more does it take for us to move and do our part to protect our earth, our home?  This is the message of Earth Hour. On Saturday, March 31, 2012 we are all enjoined to switch off our lights for one hour from 8:30 to 9:30 PM, local time.  This event is a reminder for us about the need to take action on climate change.  This is the fifth time that my family and I are participating.  In 2008, we were the only house in our street to turn off our lights...last year our next door neighbor turned off their lights together with us. We will have a barangay meeting tomorrow and I will campaign for this....so, hopefully this year, we will have more houses turning out their lights.

2012 Campaign "I WILL IF YOU WILL"



Friday, March 18, 2011

What Is Happening To Our World?

I've been busy...that's why I haven't had any entry since the end of January.  That plus the fact that the world seems to be out of sync...weather continues to be bad and it's March now but there are no signs of summer.  All these has added to my somewhat out of focus and disorganized days which I conveniently point out as a main reason for my busyness.  The restlessness I have felt since late last year, I attributed to another mid-life occurrence but now with all these events happening around the world, I am beginning to think like some people that there is some form of re-birth or a shift going on in the world.  There is this post by Anne Thomas that talks about an enormous cosmic evolutionary step that is occurring all over the world.  But for me it is more than that. I agree with the idea that there is a "wave of birthing" but I also strongly believe that God has a hand in all these.  The world has changed so much...everything is relative now-a-days. There is no real sense of right and wrong anymore.  Maybe this last disaster in Japan is a wake-up call for us.  This sad event has brought out the best out of people.  I firmly believe that God does not will bad things to happen to people but maybe he allows it happen for the people of the world to come together and open our minds, our hearts, our souls to what is essential in living a good life.  I don't pretend to be more moral than the next person but indeed today, the devil is alive and well in planet earth...

Thursday, April 23, 2009

ONCE UPON A SUMMER...

What is it about summer that brings about a certain restlessness in me. I used to think summer mattered only for those who are still in school and looking forward to vacation, but so many years have passed since my schooldays and still when summer arrives, I always get that feeling of anticipation...that sense of holiday that only summer could bring...everytime. Is it because there are still school-age kids in the house? Or maybe because it is too near Christmas break that somehow I haven't shed off the holiday mood. But summer started late this year since it continued to rain till mid-March. In fact, it was only in April that the rains stopped...and not entirely because till now, there's minimal to moderate rainfall at least once a week during late afternoons to evenings making nights cooler. In a way, it's nice because the humidity is high during the day, but on the other hand, a rainy summer is a sure sign of climate change. So maybe...in reality...it's not about summer... but it's about wanting some changes in my life. Of course, nothing chaotic or destructive like climate change but...something that makes life more worthwhile...

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