Technical Solutions and Systems Approach

I do enjoy the sense of anonymity of having a blog. I am getting feedback from my other blog of how good my mindset is on having this type of career. Having a green career is part of my long-term plan but it takes a technical approach rather than a simple advocacy approach which I do encounter every now and then.  The louder, the higher and the stronger the voice may be, it is useless if no action is behind it.

(Photo care of the Manila Standard)

With the onset of the recent Typhoon Falcon, Metro Manila is again caught off-guard with the volume of rain that was dumped and caused severe flooding. I recently heard on the news that a number of Metro Manila mayors held a meeting with MMDA and PAGASA to assess the floods that occurred. Though the magnitude and damage was not similar to Typhoon Ondoy a few years back, the Metro Manila mayors have again put the blame on PAGASA for not doing enough or not giving enough warning.  It is totally unfair for these local chief executives to blame PAGASA for not doing enough since reduction of risks is not only dependent on the information provided but on the actual action done (whether corrective or preventive) to minimize the risks associated with heavy rains and flooding.

No one should ever put blame on one element of a system since whatever disaster or simple inicdent  that occurred is brought about by the interaction of all elements. I have so much respect for the new leadership of the weather agency, having an opportunity to personally work with these scientists. What I appreciated about these scientists is their systems approach to doing things. Slowly, improvements have been made but it will surely take time before we can achieve effectiveness of the improvements currently done.

Climate change may lead to fishkills

I often wonder why media in the Philippines do not realize that certain events how weird they may seem is attributed to climate change.  Whenever flooding occurs, local politicians often determine the root cause as drainage problems (blocked drainage systems or a lack of a drainage system at all). These policy makers or let’s just say “misguided” leaders will think that an engineering solution would be the answer and would request that valuable resources be allocated for an “expensive” and “unsustainable” infrastructure project that is not well thought of but financially rewarding for these misguideds. Ok its an adaptation solution but are people as dumb as illegal settlers?

Anyway, the recent fish kills which happened almost or somewhat simultaneous is Batangas and Pangasinan is obviously an impact of climate change. I am not sure why the recent media reports have not mentioned a thing about climate change or even BFAR, but it was mentioned that factors to consider is temperature (drastic change in water temperature) and precipitation (due to the rains brought about by the southwest monsoon and typhoon).

Climate change seems like a megaword nowadays when it is just the combination of the words “climate” and “change”. In other words there is change in the climate.  Living here in the Philippines, the climates bring about two seasons (wet and dry). Temperate countries get for (spring, summer, autumn and winter).  These basic facts defines climate. I could never forget that two parameters determine the climate of a given location, temperature and precipitation.