WORKING PAPER 08 July 2008SCJ Professorial Lecture 3
Overview of the Paper
In the Eye of the Perfect Storm: What the Philippines Should Do About ClimateChange
explores the entire spectrum of climate change issues – from scientific to political dilemmas, from global to local impacts, and from international to Philippineresponses.The
provides the context of the whole paper by describing theclimate change crisis as a convergence of societal, political, and environmental factorsthat result in a perfect storm. It also presents the issue ultimately as an ethical one.
The Science of Climate Change: Implications for the Philippines
explores thecurrent scientific evidence of climate change and discusses the causes as well as theuncertainties behind the science.
The Impacts of Climate Change
explains the impacts on a global scale, on theAsian region, and on the Philippines, with emphasis on the vulnerability of people toclimate and weather-related risks.
The Philippines and the Global Response to Climate Change
presents the historyof the global community’s response to combating climate change, with a thoroughdescription of the international climate treaties and the road from Rio de Janeiro toKyoto, and from Bali to Copenhagen. This chapter also outlines the country’s efforts inaddressing climate change.
Policy and Implementation Options for the Philippines
discusses what the nationcan do in terms of mitigation and adaptation strategies to deal with the consequences of climate change. It highlights the solutions that do exist, but points to the urgent need for an integrated Adaptation-Mitigation framework that will ensure the effectiveness of thesesolutions especially for the Philippines. In order to successfully respond to the enormouschallenge, it is imperative, not only for the industrialized countries but also for thePhilippines, to adopt robust and effective policies that will result in both mitigation andadaptation schemes to address climate change.