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Global Warming in the Philippines

Global Warming affects countries worldwide, but what about a tropical country such as the Philippines? Find out what could happen and what has happened.

Global Warming is one of the most talked and campaigned about issues of the 21st century. We all know that it is an undeniable fact that while the world population is increasing, the pollution is also increasing in a larger ratio. Many countries successfully implemented “Green” policies, to protect our environment and our future. These policies are increasingly being implemented in Central Europe in countries such as Germany. Recycling garbage, plastic, and even old appliances belongs to the strict regimen. Other policies such as fines imposed on littering, burning of waste or leaves, and even the encouragement of collective transportation have been imposed.

Unfortunately, the Philippines cannot brag about any environmental policies in any way. It is indeed true that a Waste Management Act has been implemented, yet if we look at our everyday lives; the sad reality comes crushing down on us Filipinos. We barely care for our environment. We see wrappers all over what should have been a green environment. We see people burning their garbage in their homes and on the streets. We even love to shower ourselves with the abundance of fresh water, which could have been saved. All of these things do not really imply that the Philippines is really affected by global warming (which it is in fact, but more of that later), rather it seems that Philippines plays a big role as a contributor in global warming.

Let us analyze the facts of outside causes of global warming. Many people believe (which is also true) that so called greenhouse gases that emit CO₂ into the atmosphere which causes the rays of the sun to be kept within the earth atmosphere for a longer time, since it bounces back. This causes an increase of temperature, which in turn causes more natural catastrophes. Although this is the main cause of global warming, there is yet another cause, which has something to do with the cycle of our Sun. Every ten to twelve years, the sun is in its peak and vice versa. The peak is the solar maximum, which means that this is when the sun is the hottest and emits more solar storms than ever. This period should be the solar maximum of the sun, since the last was in the 90s. This is also an important factor that contributes to global warming.

Let us look into what the Philippines are contributing in positive and negative ways; Our National Capital Region is clearly overpopulated and packed with vehicles. As we know, the air pollution problem is very much present in Metro Manila and the quality of our motor vehicles is far inferior than to those in first world countries. Our cars and motorcycles emit far more CO₂ than the refined ones abroad, which adds up to the worlds total in a significant way. Even though we produce far less CO₂ than USA or China, we have to acknowledge that our country is an archipelago and a developing country, and putting those two factors together, our greenhouse gas emissions do make a difference.

Another problem we are facing in the Philippines is not only corruption but the lack of strict implementation of the Republic Acts concerning the environment, such as RA 7586 a.k.a. NIPAS, the Waste Management Act, so on and so forth. The waste management act stated that by 2007, every City should have a waste facility, which has not been established so far in Dumaguete City. The recycling and collecting of garbage is also very problematic in the Philippines.

Finally we should ask ourselves the question if global warming is really that bad. And for the most it does not seem so, but let me remind you;

  • It is because of global warming, that our Summers are getting hotter and our so-called winters are becoming more monsoon-like
  • It is because of global warming that Dengue fever is spreading much farther and faster around the country due to increased humidity
  • It is because of global warming that our shores will soon move closer by a meter or more each year (melting of the icecaps)
  • It is because of global warming that more and more floods are affecting the Philippine islands and surrounding regions
  • It is because of global warming that people hunger because their crops were destroyed in natural disasters such as storms, floods, or heat/dryness

The Philippines could even cease to exist because of global warming, because once the sea level has risen a couple of meters, even our highest mountains may not be high enough anymore to sustain a whole country.

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  1. Frumencio Capcap Jr.

    On May 15, 2008 at 1:50 am


    i fervently agree to what the author is pointing out,.first, nowadays we are more concern on how to maximize even a single peso in our pockets because of the crisis on the price of grain, but the way we look at it as a problem is only being projected as a result of some purely economic shortcomings (e.g. import-export). And the second most popular, politics. No wonder the country’s attention is being more submerged into anything else that our next younger generation could not possibly enjoy in the peak of their times or perhaps we’re not really concern about the long-term plan. Meanwhile, obviuosly there’s no such institution that could really bring its constituents into an initiative of action, other than the government itself. Well, let’s look at the reality that we, Filipinos, are the contituents where everything starts with us. Global warming is not an issue that solely NGO’s and concerned environmental groups should take the first step even hard to say the motivation. Wherein, it is a problem of the people, by the people and for the people to solve. Therefore, individual and collective responsibility enacted seriously by us really counts for the future of this country.
    For the author thank you so much and even with myself honestly as a concerned one i do hope and believe everyone should make a real start.

  2. jemille santos

    On September 4, 2008 at 5:01 am


    i was touch!!!!!in your typing’s to tell this to the public

    thank you!!

  3. chantal

    On September 10, 2008 at 11:22 am


    hey guys thank u for the feedback..

  4. hannah bruno

    On October 15, 2008 at 1:37 am


    o’I'm 90 in my grade because of u thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Kristoffer Clavel

    On October 16, 2008 at 8:22 pm


    I strongly adhere in his advocacy,we are now having a big problem concerning to our environment.Me must do something logical,than murmoring regarding on the political aspect of our society,but then we must face the real batle which is on how to preserve our Natural resources.Gobless Philippines

  6. wardbhell

    On November 18, 2008 at 5:05 am


    let us be hand in hand to promote the advocacy of the government to hasten the continuous global warming. We can do it in a little way….

  7. Almighty

    On November 20, 2008 at 10:11 pm


    Hi Chantal, are you single? I’m available. (vince_almighty@lycos.com)

  8. ernesto taladro

    On November 25, 2008 at 6:10 am


    alisin ang mga corrupt officials!!!! ituon ang pansin s national and world interest… wala ng maayos n project dahil s knila.. mga peste!!!!

  9. Anonymous

    On December 30, 2008 at 10:52 pm


    Just last night I watched the documentary presented by Mr.Al Gore
    titled Inconvenient Truth. It was nice to know that people around the globe take this seriously even government officials did something to lessen this earth concern,but sad to say only a few here in our country listen to this warning. We need to act NOW before its too late.

  10. jemellee

    On January 27, 2009 at 1:09 am


    one of a kind.. At some point, you’ll be able to aware some Filipinos regarding with this matter..

  11. jamaica verceles

    On February 10, 2009 at 3:03 am


    yeah, we need to act now! come on people! we can do this if we work really hard TOGETHER! >.< future citizens will suffer this crisis because year after year, the average of the temperature increases. . .yeah i have watch the documentary “the Inconvenient Truth” by Mr. Al Gore. . .

  12. lara casaul

    On February 11, 2009 at 7:18 am


    yes, i agree with jamaica verceles(go boöpie!haha xD).
    come on people! if we help each other, little by little we can make a difference and we can find a solution to this problem so that the future generation won’t suffer. . .

  13. leah

    On May 28, 2009 at 12:45 pm


    i hope we have an existing group where we can join to help the earth… pls inform me of any. thanks..

  14. Angela

    On June 12, 2009 at 6:53 am


    *this article helps me to do my assigned task in our funnel discussion in english… thanks a lot..*

  15. 666

    On July 4, 2009 at 11:31 pm


    Itapon kasabay ng mga basura ang mga official sa gobyerno na ang iniisip lang ang kanilang sariling bulsa at wallet. Kagaya ng increase ng temperature s phil. kasabay sa pag increase ng mga official ng gobyerno na mga korakot! Kung libre lng pumatay ng mga tao na gahaman sa pera ako mismo ang unang gagawa sa pagpatay s kanila! Patayin lahat na kurap na officail sa gobyerno at itapon sa basurahan kasama ng mga basurang gawa nila!

  16. khutel

    On August 3, 2009 at 1:00 am


    Si Gloria ang sagot.
    Mukha nya.
    Mas masahol pa sya sa inyo,
    pati ang mga politikadong tao.
    grr kau.
    mga bobo.
    pera lng ang gusto.
    hindi yan mddla sa HEAVEN.
    :) )
    Itapon ang basura kasama si GLORIA.

  17. Ermical Allan

    On August 13, 2009 at 4:27 am


    The State and it’s government should help hand in hand to resolve this issue. A long term goal for it’s resolution should be planned. The persons who chaired the government should amend the concerned RAs for the proper implementation of those acts.

    Thanks!

  18. forester

    On August 15, 2009 at 12:50 am


    yeah we need to act now how soon is now or too late to be true…the global warming are spreading so lets fight back save the environment…..if u have space in your backyard just plant 1 tree or more…it will help a lot..in a little way we help saving our environment…GOD BLESS 2 all of us…

  19. Mafe

    On August 23, 2009 at 1:50 am


    Hello Chantal and everyone!

    The environmental and socioeconomic problems in the Philippines are all presumed to be indebted to climate change which is unclearly specified if it is due to Earth’s climate change or primarily due to Philippines’.

    Do you know if there are studies concerned with the analyses of rainfall and temperature distributions?

    A study on climate change in the Philippines must be focused to determine if the Philippines’ climate change has a very significant role which consequently affects its own environment and socioeconomics and environment.

    I am interested to conduct a study entitled “Analyzing Climate Change in the Philippines Through Rainfall and Temperature Distributions.” Please give me a message if you could give me any information or data which I can use. Thank you.

    My e-mail address is mafe_meg15@yahoo.com

  20. Mafe

    On August 23, 2009 at 1:51 am


    Hello Chantal and everyone!

    The environmental and socioeconomic problems in the Philippines are all presumed to be indebted to climate change which is unclearly specified if it is due to Earth’s climate change or primarily due to Philippines’.

    Do you know if there are studies concerned with the analyses of rainfall and temperature distributions?

    A study on climate change in the Philippines must be focused to determine if the Philippines’ climate change has a very significant role which consequently affects its own environment and socioeconomics.

    I am interested to conduct a study entitled “Analyzing Climate Change in the Philippines Through Rainfall and Temperature Distributions.” Please give me a message if you could give me any information or data which I can use. Thank you.

    My e-mail address is mafe_meg15@yahoo.com

  21. Mafe

    On August 23, 2009 at 1:54 am


    Hello.

    Sorry for re-posting the comment. There was an error occurred.

    Can I also ask for the references which you used to make those generalizations? Thanks.

  22. princess

    On August 23, 2009 at 9:44 am


    hi! sino ayng lahat ?

  23. jake

    On August 30, 2009 at 11:31 pm


    how can we stop the people? they didn\’t know what is globalwarming how can we convince them? even if we know the situation but no action nothing will happen so we wait the judgment day the coming of the lord……..

  24. MARIN

    On September 14, 2009 at 5:54 am


    TABANGI ANG PHILIPINAS TO IMPROVE……..JAJAJA………..I’M DREAMING IMPOSIBLE!

  25. jhess

    On September 23, 2009 at 1:59 am


    It’s not too late if we act NOW!
    small group of commited individuals can realy make a difference
    a good start is for us to educate ourselves about global warming and spread the news to everyone. I am a student and i want to inspire everyone that we can really make a big impact. let us save and heal our ailing earth. i’m a student from U.P. los banos, laguna i’ve been to cebu and ifugao to share my knowledge about global warming. both high school and college students were my audience. you? when will you act! (cellanjg@yahoo.com)

  26. Vincent Razalo

    On September 28, 2009 at 8:16 am


    Even though it is our fault,we should help each other to prevent global warming.We still have time to recover our mother earth. just remember we can do it if we just cooperate with the different organizations who are concern about the situations of our environment..or..START HELPING BY SHOWING GOOD EXAMPLE TO THE PEOPLE SUROUNDING YOU……….GOD BLESS>>>AND MORE POWER>>>hindi tayo pababayaan ni BRO……..

  27. Glyn

    On October 5, 2009 at 7:43 am


    Please tell me who are the person i will going to contact? Because I have an idea that can maybe can help to fight against Climate Change!!!

  28. Maria Chantal Thiel

    On October 5, 2009 at 10:07 pm


    hi guys and thanks for all the comments. to answer mafes question: my sources are pretty wide spread. I studied the RA’s local and national, I got some info from documentaries (this was written before the Inconvenient Truth came out) I got the major bulk of my material from studies about climate change in general and the largest bulk was primarily from the waste management ra’s. if you want to help support the environment I suggest you find a good LGU or NGO. They always accept volunteers.

  29. Christian

    On October 7, 2009 at 8:52 pm


    We need to stop the global warming coz
    in 2020 the the temperature 67 degree ]
    ssssssttttttoooooopppppppp
    Climate Change!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Dichoso

    On October 7, 2009 at 9:11 pm


    Hi…….!!!!!!
    Are you aware in CLIMATE CHANGE
    Climate change is a change in the statistical distribution of weather over periods of time that range from decades to millions of years. It can be a change in the average weather or a change in the distribution of weather events around an average (for example, greater or fewer extreme weather events). Climate change may be limited to a specific region, or may occur across the whole Earth.
    when we don’t stop this problem our world will be facing a really big problem just think about it our future is on our hands do the right thing to prevent this problem…..God Bless Our All…

  31. James Paulo D. Ursua

    On October 16, 2009 at 2:51 am


    Thank you very much for posting a very detailed information about whats really happening on this world.. the public must know that the reality is that were facing a very big problem that no one should ignore…… wish you the best and continue to work on so that more and more people will be aware of this thing..
    God bless you…

    thanks a lot :) !!!

  32. Docvega

    On December 24, 2009 at 8:48 pm


    Well it’s so typical how people ignorant of the facts hop on the global warming band wagon. There is a distinct difference between global warming and pollution. You country has to take responsibility for its own environment and establish standards and enforcements that will reduce and contain pollution.
    In more than a hundred years of industrialization, people, scientists think they can detect a 1 degree increase in over all global temperature. You people are so quick to jump into a popular and trendy belief that is totally unfounded by fact as in the latest exposure at East Anglia where they finally caught the bastards on their e-mails sharing information on how to alter the data to make their global warming models work. One jerk even lamented saying that the last 15 years of cooling have undermined the global warming cause. Why? Beause it does not exist. You people like idiots following the Pied Piper, AL Gore, who could give a damn about global warming as he makes millions off of green industry that he has promoted with his legislation. Fools! Wake up! You’ve been manipulated! The earth has been around for a long long time and there have been many documented climate changes that ocurred as a result of natural processes and they will continue though you will not.

  33. ♫aNthEx■

    On January 2, 2010 at 3:54 am


    Γ?????

    “stop GLOBAL WARMING!!!!!”

    but how????

    can you tell us???

  34. marco paolo

    On January 3, 2010 at 12:03 am


    oh!!! thanks to you i got my 95 grade because of that!!!and a project too!!!! thank you very much… :)

  35. Alexander G. Guyos

    On January 7, 2010 at 9:06 pm


    i believe that this kind of event ( global warming in the phillippines) will brought us a massive destructable impact to our surroundings also to selves. as early as possible we should join one hands to decrease the harmful effects of global warming in our very own country. let us lessen the excessive usage of unecessary consumption of water. most of all be responsible in all types of means. star acting now before its to late.

  36. juan dela cruz

    On February 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm


    one of global warming is public politician in present she/he knows about our nature why she/he is head of the logger by now… no one fight again the elegal business, because of money, no one

  37. Lezah Aryh Nomadis

    On February 16, 2010 at 2:15 am


    thanks 4 ur big help!!Bcos of dis\’ i can now anser my ass. well……..thanks!!just contnue ur job…

  38. future forester

    On March 4, 2010 at 7:09 am


    “together in rejuvenating our forest lands; solution to global warming”

  39. x.o.x.o ( R )

    On March 5, 2010 at 11:30 am


    i like your topic here . i notice that mostly here are really mad to the people who are abusing our mother nature .
    AS a youth , im aware of what’s happening in my country .. the GLOBAL WARMING that can affect our life and can also make our life miserable . SO we should help the people who do not know and realize that they are abuising the nature .

  40. joice buasen

    On March 6, 2010 at 11:23 pm


    wag naman natin sisihin ang government kc tau din lng gumagwa ng sarili nting problema at ska dpat di natin inaasa sa knila.. tao din cla ngkakamali..

  41. Brian Ramsay

    On March 9, 2010 at 11:54 am


    The statement that the Philippines may cease to exist is a little extreme but the rest sounds accurate. Today the temperature in Manila is 34 and feels like 38 according to the humidex reading. People are over the Islands are really feeling the increased temperatures. It’s very alarming. I wish the good people of the Philippines the best of luck with these coming problems.

  42. Brian Ramsay

    On March 9, 2010 at 12:00 pm


    all over the islands…pardon my spelling. One other thing…many Filipinos have been migrating to my country here in Canada. They’ve been just wonderful here. Hard working, kind and peaceful. A real asset to Canada. Approximately 8,000 per year are coming to my province (Manitoba). Canada is becoming known as the “Philippines of the North”. Happy to have you here! We have plenty of room :)

  43. BEBANG

    On March 10, 2010 at 11:55 pm


    BAHALA NA SI GOD

  44. marilou

    On March 11, 2010 at 11:25 pm


    it is so alarming, that we may seem to stop existing!!! i want to leave my life and I’m still young die just because of the climate change! but what can I do ? if I am willing to to make a change and the others is not. its a big work actually it needs a collective decision if we really want to have a good future.

  45. Lloyd Ruiz of CDO, Philippines

    On March 28, 2010 at 5:52 am


    Docvega posted ealier comments. And I agree with him some how because changes in climate time to time already happened in past decades or millenia. So what’s new? Many reasons why we have climate changes. It might be the positioning of the earth towards the sun or internal reason like volcanic contribution. And of course our actions also contributes little. But I think not to worry that much, we somrtimes blow out of proportion.

    Relax people. we can do something sensible if we’re in good conditioning of our mind. Of course I’m strongly follower of pro-nature people, but what I’m saying is don’t over react of the situation. If we’ll panic we can;t think effective sollutions. Instead, take concern of your personal crisis which the very alarming situation rightnow that we need to adress crearly to everyone. You’re wondering what I’m talking to? I mean your personal crises which can be found in one of our emotion. “GREED” is the worst problem we are facing now. Because, in history of human civilazition our time is the worstiest generation in terms of greed. Politicians, businessmen and greedy scientist that continuing to create and invent new ideas, laws, products and deceived the public and consumers to thier advantage.

    And we people saw them as our greatest mentor. It’s like a viral disease that can easily transfered.

    Open your eyes. If everyone can personaly cure ourselves on this deadly tempting emotion, then this climate change or even global warming will not occur on this early time.

    Am I right? Good luck people.

  46. Ralph Ureta

    On May 13, 2010 at 10:30 pm


    since most of us here care for our country..
    why not make a move? what if we form a group and do some programs that will help people of the philippines know what is really happening in our world.. specially in some place where they “NO NOTHING” about global warming..
    What do think?

    Many heads are better than 1. :)
    this is not for our own benefit only but for the whole world..
    if some country will know we are doing good things to somehow prevent global warming. maybe they will do it also in their country..

    when are we going take actions?? when it is already too late?

  47. Ipur

    On October 8, 2010 at 3:55 am


    Just want to share something regarding climate change. This is not actually to scare everyone but rather to give an idea, be vigilant and precautious of what possible scenario are we heading for. This is actually the opposite of Global Warming or I may should say the Global Cooling.

    I have read an article that states that the warming phase of the earth have already ended last 1998. I am not sure if that information is true. However, if we are to observed over the past years, maybe people from the north can attest the early entry of winter. The prolonged and number of winter storms. It was also observed in the south that numerous lamb that died due to unexpected winter storms in New Zealand and Southern Australia. The now increasing ice caps in the north and south. And with all this that is happening, can we still say that the earth is warming?

    In one article I have read that one factor that may contribute to global cooling is the number of sun spots observed per day. In one study, the earth is heating when numerous sun spots is observed or should we say that the heating of the earth is directly proportional to the number of sunspots observed. It was also observed that sunspots has around 11-year cycle from min to max to min. And from 1986 solar minimum, the next solar minimum happened last 1996. But from 2007 to until today, we are still experiencing solar minimum when it is supposed that we are already nearing solar maximum by 2011. Sounds alarming… There were two similar scenarios that happened before and both resulted to what they called as the little ice age. And if this is happening now, are we going into that direction? I hope not. But it is better to be prepared.

  48. ipur

    On October 11, 2010 at 9:50 pm


    Just want to share you this from wattsupwiththat.com:

    Hal Lewis: My Resignation From The American Physical Society – an important moment in science history

    Posted on October 8, 2010 by Anthony Watts

    Hal Lewis
    We’ve previously covered the APS here, when I wrote:

    While Copenhagen and its excesses rage, a quiet revolution is starting.

    Indeed, not so quiet now. It looks like it is getting ugly inside with the public airing of the resignation of a very prominent member who writes:

    I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

    In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.- Hal Lewis

    Below is his resignation letter made public today, via the GWPF.

    This is an important moment in science history. I would describe it as a letter on the scale of Martin Luther, nailing his 95 theses to the Wittenburg church door. It is worthy of repeating this letter in entirety on every blog that discusses science.

    What I would really like to see though, is this public resignation letter given the same editorial space as Michael Mann in today’s Washington Post.

    Readers, we can do this. Here’s the place at WaPo to ask for it. For anyone writing to the WaPo, the [email]national@washpost.com[/email], is the national news editorial desk. The Post’s Ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, is the readers’ representative within the newspaper. E-mail him at [email]ombudsman@washpost.com[/email] or call 202-334-7582.

    Spread the word on other blogs. Let’s see if they have enough integrity to provide a counterpoint. – Anthony

    ======================================

    Sent: Friday, 08 October 2010 17:19 Hal Lewis

    From: Hal Lewis, University of California, Santa Barbara
    To: Curtis G. Callan, Jr., Princeton University, President of the American Physical Society

    6 October 2010

    Dear Curt:

    When I first joined the American Physical Society sixty-seven years ago it was much smaller, much gentler, and as yet uncorrupted by the money flood (a threat against which Dwight Eisenhower warned a half-century ago).

    Indeed, the choice of physics as a profession was then a guarantor of a life of poverty and abstinence—it was World War II that changed all that. The prospect of worldly gain drove few physicists. As recently as thirty-five years ago, when I chaired the first APS study of a contentious social/scientific issue, The Reactor Safety Study, though there were zealots aplenty on the outside there was no hint of inordinate pressure on us as physicists. We were therefore able to produce what I believe was and is an honest appraisal of the situation at that time. We were further enabled by the presence of an oversight committee consisting of Pief Panofsky, Vicki Weisskopf, and Hans Bethe, all towering physicists beyond reproach. I was proud of what we did in a charged atmosphere. In the end the oversight committee, in its report to the APS President, noted the complete independence in which we did the job, and predicted that the report would be attacked from both sides. What greater tribute could there be?

    How different it is now. The giants no longer walk the earth, and the money flood has become the raison d’être of much physics research, the vital sustenance of much more, and it provides the support for untold numbers of professional jobs. For reasons that will soon become clear my former pride at being an APS Fellow all these years has been turned into shame, and I am forced, with no pleasure at all, to offer you my resignation from the Society.

    It is of course, the global warming scam, with the (literally) trillions of dollars driving it, that has corrupted so many scientists, and has carried APS before it like a rogue wave. It is the greatest and most successful pseudoscientific fraud I have seen in my long life as a physicist. Anyone who has the faintest doubt that this is so should force himself to read the ClimateGate documents, which lay it bare. (Montford’s book organizes the facts very well.) I don’t believe that any real physicist, nay scientist, can read that stuff without revulsion. I would almost make that revulsion a definition of the word scientist.

    So what has the APS, as an organization, done in the face of this challenge? It has accepted the corruption as the norm, and gone along with it. For example:

    1. About a year ago a few of us sent an e-mail on the subject to a fraction of the membership. APS ignored the issues, but the then President immediately launched a hostile investigation of where we got the e-mail addresses. In its better days, APS used to encourage discussion of important issues, and indeed the Constitution cites that as its principal purpose. No more. Everything that has been done in the last year has been designed to silence debate

    2. The appallingly tendentious APS statement on Climate Change was apparently written in a hurry by a few people over lunch, and is certainly not representative of the talents of APS members as I have long known them. So a few of us petitioned the Council to reconsider it. One of the outstanding marks of (in)distinction in the Statement was the poison word incontrovertible, which describes few items in physics, certainly not this one. In response APS appointed a secret committee that never met, never troubled to speak to any skeptics, yet endorsed the Statement in its entirety. (They did admit that the tone was a bit strong, but amazingly kept the poison word incontrovertible to describe the evidence, a position supported by no one.) In the end, the Council kept the original statement, word for word, but approved a far longer “explanatory” screed, admitting that there were uncertainties, but brushing them aside to give blanket approval to the original. The original Statement, which still stands as the APS position, also contains what I consider pompous and asinine advice to all world governments, as if the APS were master of the universe. It is not, and I am embarrassed that our leaders seem to think it is. This is not fun and games, these are serious matters involving vast fractions of our national substance, and the reputation of the Society as a scientific society is at stake.

    3. In the interim the ClimateGate scandal broke into the news, and the machinations of the principal alarmists were revealed to the world. It was a fraud on a scale I have never seen, and I lack the words to describe its enormity. Effect on the APS position: none. None at all. This is not science; other forces are at work.

    4. So a few of us tried to bring science into the act (that is, after all, the alleged and historic purpose of APS), and collected the necessary 200+ signatures to bring to the Council a proposal for a Topical Group on Climate Science, thinking that open discussion of the scientific issues, in the best tradition of physics, would be beneficial to all, and also a contribution to the nation. I might note that it was not easy to collect the signatures, since you denied us the use of the APS membership list. We conformed in every way with the requirements of the APS Constitution, and described in great detail what we had in mind—simply to bring the subject into the open.

    5. To our amazement, Constitution be damned, you declined to accept our petition, but instead used your own control of the mailing list to run a poll on the members’ interest in a TG on Climate and the Environment. You did ask the members if they would sign a petition to form a TG on your yet-to-be-defined subject, but provided no petition, and got lots of affirmative responses. (If you had asked about sex you would have gotten more expressions of interest.) There was of course no such petition or proposal, and you have now dropped the Environment part, so the whole matter is moot. (Any lawyer will tell you that you cannot collect signatures on a vague petition, and then fill in whatever you like.) The entire purpose of this exercise was to avoid your constitutional responsibility to take our petition to the Council.

    6. As of now you have formed still another secret and stacked committee to organize your own TG, simply ignoring our lawful petition.

    APS management has gamed the problem from the beginning, to suppress serious conversation about the merits of the climate change claims. Do you wonder that I have lost confidence in the organization?

    I do feel the need to add one note, and this is conjecture, since it is always risky to discuss other people’s motives. This scheming at APS HQ is so bizarre that there cannot be a simple explanation for it. Some have held that the physicists of today are not as smart as they used to be, but I don’t think that is an issue. I think it is the money, exactly what Eisenhower warned about a half-century ago. There are indeed trillions of dollars involved, to say nothing of the fame and glory (and frequent trips to exotic islands) that go with being a member of the club. Your own Physics Department (of which you are chairman) would lose millions a year if the global warming bubble burst. When Penn State absolved Mike Mann of wrongdoing, and the University of East Anglia did the same for Phil Jones, they cannot have been unaware of the financial penalty for doing otherwise. As the old saying goes, you don’t have to be a weatherman to know which way the wind is blowing. Since I am no philosopher, I’m not going to explore at just which point enlightened self-interest crosses the line into corruption, but a careful reading of the ClimateGate releases makes it clear that this is not an academic question.

    I want no part of it, so please accept my resignation. APS no longer represents me, but I hope we are still friends.

    Hal

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    Harold Lewis is Emeritus Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara, former Chairman; Former member Defense Science Board, chmn of Technology panel; Chairman DSB study on Nuclear Winter; Former member Advisory Committee on Reactor Safeguards; Former member, President’s Nuclear Safety Oversight Committee; Chairman APS study on Nuclear Reactor Safety Chairman Risk Assessment Review Group; Co-founder and former Chairman of JASON; Former member USAF Scientific Advisory Board; Served in US Navy in WW II; books: Technological Risk (about, surprise, technological risk) and Why Flip a Coin (about decision making)

  49. stephanie chloe manito

    On November 11, 2010 at 4:58 am


    it’s very learnful:]]]]]]]]]

  50. joeysnotebook

    On June 26, 2011 at 8:38 am


    Hi. I totally agree with the author. But then again, human activities are only contributing to a part in Global Warming. Basically, Global Warming is inevitable, I mean really. It will occur even if we, Filipinos, would learn how to really follow our laws and to care about our environment. We could, however, reduce the rate of Global Warming by what the author is pointing out.

  51. alexG

    On July 9, 2011 at 8:46 am


    gobal warming…. ahhhh….. our wrong ACTION towards our planet, the REACTION is turning its back on us…. so on the last part… we deserve this…. cause we did this… as simple as that… bye

  52. hi

    On November 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm


    hi
    r u all philippines???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????/ r u r u r u????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????? aswer me……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

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