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WIDER IMAGE-Rising seas threaten early end for sinking village in Philippines

Source(s):  Thomson Reuters

By Eloisa Lopez


Sitio Pariahan, about 17 km (10.5 miles) north of Manila, is sinking about 4 cm (1.5 inches) every year, owing largely to land subsidence from the population's overuse of groundwater, according to experts.


Now rising sea levels caused by global warming could soon make this village unliveable, a problem faced by other countries in Asia, where the poorest communities are worst hit.


Fernando Siringan, a climate change expert, has studied Sitio Pariahan closely and said some delta areas north of Manila were changing rapidly because land was subsiding and water levels rising at the same time.


A U.N. climate change summit will be held in Madrid from Dec. 2-13, and with wildfires plaguing parts of the United States and Australia, and severe flooding in Europe all being linked to global warming, public pressure is rising on cost-conscious governments to find urgent solutions.


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  • Publication date 30 Nov 2019

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