ICRAF in the Media: Developing countries most vulnerable to global warming

World Agroforestry Centre’s Rodel Lasco is the key source in a news story with the headline, ‘RP vulnerable to global warming’, posted on the online Manilla Bulletin late last month.A Filipino member of the United Nations International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), who co-shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with former US Vice President Al Gore, has warned that developing countries like the Philippines are the most vulnerable to global warming because they lack the resources to cope with the problem.Dr. Rodel D. Lasco, country coordinator of the World Agroforestry Centre in Los Baños, Laguna and IPCC panelist, aired this warning in a speech delivered at the 38th commencement exercises of the Bicol University held at the Albay Astrodome here last Tuesday. Lasco said that the IPCC, in its 2007 report, concluded that "there is unequivocal evidence that human activities have already affected the world’s climate." "The impact of climate change could be disastrous to natural system, human communities around the world. A warmer world could lead to extinction of plant and animal species, the spread of diseases, and displacement of people in coastal areas as the sea level rises," he said.Lasco said that as a result of climate change, tropical hurricanes or typhoons as we callthem, will become more intense or more destructive in disaster prone areas such asBicol. "Climate change is also expected to derail our sustainable development efforts as itcompounds socio-economic and environmental problems," he also said. Citing scientific studies contained in the Millennium Ecosystem Report, Lasco said that some 2.5 billion to 3 billion people in the world live in conditions of water scarcity, limited food production, and health and economic development. Some 800 million people live in areas without adequate supply of fresh water," he said.At the same time, the Filipino scientist explained what is known as "the world is a flat phenomenon." It refers to global communications through the Internet, computers, and communications technology, he said. "The implication is that through the Internet, Filipinos can be competitive globally," He also warned that the exodus of Filipinos abroad could be disastrous to marriages if one of the spouses works abroad.Link to the Manilla Bulletin article...