A decade ago, the Philippines’ coastal waters were among the hottest in the world.
Today, the country is among the fastest-warming in the region.
As a result, a group of scientists and policy experts have begun calling for the creation of a “climate change resilience fund” to help the country recover from the consequences of climate change.
For more than a decade, a large group of researchers have been studying the effect of ocean acidification on the marine environment.
The researchers found that this effect is particularly pronounced in areas where ocean temperatures are rising, particularly in the tropics.
“Climate change is happening, and we need to take the time to understand how it is impacting our coastal environments,” said Dr. Daniel Loyola, the lead author of the study and a researcher at the University of South Florida in Florida.
“It is an urgent matter, and it is a matter of national security.”
The scientists argue that the nation’s response to climate change should be a matter for its citizens to decide.
“In the past, climate change was thought of as a local problem,” Loyolo said.
“Now, it is seen as a global problem.”
“The problem is that we have a massive vulnerability to climate extremes,” he said.
A national resilience fund has been established, which could provide money to help vulnerable areas adapt to climate shifts.
Loyola and the other researchers argue that climate change has a direct impact on the lives of Filipinos.
As the temperature rises, many people, particularly Filipinos living near the coasts, experience significant financial losses, and the impacts on those who do not live in coastal areas.
For example, a person who lives in a coastal community in the country’s north might lose their job and their house, while a man who lives near the coast in the southern Philippines may be forced to relocate to another city in order to pay for the cost of a new home.
Climate change affects everyone, and Filipinos, especially those who are already vulnerable, face a significant risk of being displaced due to the effects of rising ocean temperatures, Loyolan said.
In addition, climate impacts can also have a profound effect on local economies, which are dependent on tourism and fishing for their livelihoods.
The research is the latest in a string of efforts to address climate change and coastal vulnerability, which has been highlighted in recent years by other studies.
For example, the U.S. has been developing a “sea-level resilience fund,” which would provide money for the rebuilding of coastal communities damaged by rising sea levels.
More than 80 countries around the world have pledged to take steps to reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases, including a $100 billion fund set up in 2020 to help poorer nations cope with climate change impacts.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has also announced that it is launching an “ecosystem resilience fund.”
The Philippines is one of the few countries that have not adopted a global emissions trading scheme, a system that requires countries to take significant actions to cut emissions.
The country has pledged to remain a signatory to the Paris Agreement, and is considering its options.
The climate change research is part of a broader effort by the country to respond to the threat posed by climate change, with an emphasis on improving the health and livelihoods of its citizens.
The government has invested more than $100 million in climate adaptation efforts since the onset of climate crisis in the 1990s, including building a national marine-resilience program.
In 2015, the government announced the establishment of a Climate Resilience Center to help it better understand climate change as it impacts the country.