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Global warming: A warning

By: Kim Atienza

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‘Di biro ang global warming. This is not a drill! It is real. It is evident every day as it’s happening faster in some parts of the world than in others.

Unknown to many, its scope is not limited to the increased warmth of the Earth’s surface. Websites all throughout the internet made widespread awareness on the matter. Researchers and scientists tackle energy conservation, water preservation (because every drop counts!), among others.

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While it’s true that some Asian countries like the Philippines suffer from warmer temperature than normal, other parts of the world experience harsher winters. Kung tayo dito eh init na init at tagaktak sa pawis, may mga lugar namang naninigas o nangangatog na sa matinding lamig.

Isali na natin sa usapan ang climate change. National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Administration (NOAA) defines climate as “the average of weather over at least a 30-year period.”

Consequently, climate change does not only equate to hotter weather/temperature. Sometimes, some places will be hotter. However, most places will simply see more erratic and extreme weather.

This results to occasional heavier rainfall, more snow (or snow storms) in some places, extended drought, more storms and hurricanes, and more frequent heatwaves.

Easy steps to save the earth? We learned these in elementary, but in case you forgot:

1) Switch to greener energy sources.

Remember solar power?

O, hindi ka nakinig kay Ma’am/Sir ‘no? Solar power is produced from converting collected sunlight into electricity.

Gumagamit tayo ng solar panels. These are large flat panels that consist of solar cells. Madalas itong gamitin sa mga remote areas, pero matatagpuan na rin ngayon sa siyudad. Solar equipment and/or supplies are accessible now more than ever.

2) 3 R’s! Reduce, reuse, and recycle!

Need I say more? Ask an elementary pupil.

3) Switch off lights when not in use. Check faucets, ‘wag hayaang umapaw ang tubig ng higit sa capacity/kaya ng balde. Tandaan: lahat ng umaapaw, nasasayang. Doon tayo sa sakto lang!

Simple lang, ‘di ba? Pero kadalasan itong mga simpleng bagay ang nakakaligtaan natin. Isang paalala lamang from a concerned citizen/earthling/creature!

#AlaminKayKuyaKim
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) notes that the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since 1997.

Thoughts on global warming? Questions, comments, and (non)violent reactions? Tweet @kuyakim_atienza now!

Ating tuklasin ang mga bagay-bagay na ‘di niyo pa alam. Walang ‘di susuungin, lahat aalamin! Ito po si Kuya Kim, Matanglawin, only here in TEMPO.

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