Dingdong Dantes Presents: 2° Panahon Na

Sunday, December 06, 2015

Climate change, also called global warming, refers to the rise in average surface temperatures on Earth. An overwhelming scientific research says that climate change is due primarily to the human use of fossil fuels, which releases carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases into the air. The gases trap heat within the atmosphere, which can have a range of effects on ecosystems, including rising sea levels, severe weather events, and droughts that render landscapes more susceptible to wildfires.

The primary cause of climate change is the burning of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal, which emits greenhouse gases into the atmosphere—primarily carbon dioxide. Other human activities, such as agriculture and deforestation, also contribute to the proliferation of greenhouse gases that cause climate change.

While some quantities of these gases are a naturally occurring and critical part of Earth’s temperature control system, the atmospheric concentration of CO2 did not rise above 300 parts per million between the advent of human civilization roughly 10,000 years ago and 1900. Today it is at about 400 ppm, a level not reached in more than 400,000 years.

Even small increases in Earth’s temperature caused by climate change can have severe effects. The earth’s average temperature has gone up 1.4° F over the past century and is expected to rise as much as 11.5° F over the next. That might not seem like a lot, but the average temperature during the last Ice Age was about 4º F lower than it is today.

Rising sea levels due to the melting of the polar ice caps (again, caused by climate change) contribute to greater storm damage; warming ocean temperatures are associated with stronger and more frequent storms; additional rainfall, particularly during severe weather events, leads to flooding and other damage; an increase in the incidence and severity of wildfires threatens habitats, homes, and lives; and heat waves contribute to human deaths and other consequences.

"2°: Panahon Na'' aims to deepen our perspective on the issue, and hopefully also alter our lifestyle to what is happening in front of our eyes.

The documentary will go through the lives of three fathers: a dad who lost a loved one in the midst of Yolanda's wrath, another bagyong Yolanda survivor who made it through the storm's cruelty, and a climate change advocate who is more than willing to help and educate his fellowmen about the effects of climate change.

Hosted by NYC commissioner Dingdong Dantes, this special will also tackle the impact of climate change, to help people understand its threats and consequences. '2°: Panahon Na' will further discuss what we can do to achieve the ideal 2° temperature for each country.

Climate change is happening now, and we need to do something about it. Catch '2°: Panahon Na' this December 6, after 'Kapuso Mo Jessica Soho' and be a part of change!

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