Adapting to a Changing Climate


Here is another view (it shows more data sources) about storm frequencies in the Philippines:


Last monday, I dropped some of my stuff at a local LBC Branch here in Baguio. Typhoon Sendong (Washi) struck a number of communities in Northern Mindanao, Philippines, wherein casualties are said to exceed one thousand[1]. Aside from LBC[2] (accepting donations to be shipped for free to affected areas), another courier service, JRS express[3], is offering all its branches in the Philippines as drop off points for your donations. (Check their links on Facebook at the end of this post).

If you would like to send something to help victims in this unfortunate pre-Christmas tragedy, you may also check out these other sites:


So what’s next?

These communities need more than clothing, food, shelter and medicines. Frameworks and strategies to adapt to future calamities, like the case of Sendong, is also crucial, not just for these communities, but for the entire Philippines.

We are currently witnessing changing climate patterns. Tropical storms may be much more stronger, occuring more frequently in areas not previously identified as regular typhoon pathways. Such scenarios, along with rising temperatures, melting ice groups, flooding, and all direct and indirect effects of climate change could be experienced during our lifetime. Here in the Philippines, Northern Mindanao may as well experience more frequent typhoons in the future.

Using the Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)[4] database for typhoon tracks in the Philippines from 1910-1939, around 5-6 tropical storms (am referring to the eye) passed through Mindanao, as shown below:

Typhoon track from 1910-1939, obtained through JAMSTEC

Then from 1980-2005, around ten typhoons passed through Mindanao. Though one cannot deduce from the data presented that typhoons passing through Mindanao increased significantly in frequency, it is safe to assume (and therefore have precautions) that more typhoons will pass more frequently through Southern Philippines.

Typhoon track 1980-2005, Mindanao archipelago encircled in red, image courtesy of [5]

Adapting through such changes would surely require a lot of planning and enforcing will to act, in order to survive through natural disasters with body and soul intact. If however, business goes on as usual, not only will our tangible resources be affected, but also our perceptions and beliefs about life in general. Furthermore, policy makers should be more open-minded with the scientific community, in order for the former’s decisions to consider the latter’s stand.

It’s only a matter of synergistic collaboration to implement things which need to be done. What’s frustrating is that we know the concept but not the practice. The decision is our own, whether to adapt to the changing climate, or let our species be terminated due to nature’s selection.


[1] – Philippine Star Online Article about Sendong casualties.

[2] LBC Foundation on Facebook

[3]JRS Express on Facebook

[4] The Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)

[5] Saw the image originally from the blog of Callan Bentley (

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4 thoughts on “Adapting to a Changing Climate

  1. Hay ano na nangyayari sa klima! hay hay hay

  2. anorwen says:

    As a North American, it’s always sad for me to see how (mostly) our CO2 is making lives in other places on Earth difficult.

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