VP candidates think efforts on climate change need to beef up

VP candidates think efforts on climate change need to beef up

HIGHLIGHTS: At least on the issue of addressing climate change effects in the country, the vice presidentiables agree that the government has more work to do.

In the "Yes or No" portion of the widely-received PiliPinas Debates 2016 presented by CNN Philippines, all six aspirants for the VP position answered "No" to the question: is the country doing enough to address climate change?

Before the debates, environment advocates hoped that climate change would be discussed.

Among them were: Mindanao State University-Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) Assistant Professor of Sociology Badz Calamba, who cited drought issues which led to violence in Kidapawan City., and exposed plights of hunger-stricken farmers.

VP candidates think efforts on climate change need to beef up

Save Our Seas Anna Oposa head, also expected debate time to be allotted on disaster reduction as well as marine conservation.

VP candidates think efforts on climate change need to beef up

In a GMA News Online report, risk analysis firm Verisk Maplecroft said that Philippines is among the nations with the highest number of people at risk of environmental hazards.

Philippines-based Institute for Climate and Sustainable City reported that "Philippines was fourth among in almost 200 countries that have suffered the most extreme weather events, including flooding and storms" for the past 20 years, based on studies of 2013 Global Climate Risk Index released by Germanwatch.

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