Further warming and changes in the global climate system during the 21st century could occur if greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions equal to or higher than current levels will persist. Among these are increased precipitation that could cause flooding in certain parts of the world while more intense and longer droughts are experienced in other areas, rising sea level, decreasing snow cover, melting glaciers and artic warming that also contribute to sea level rise. Climate change, if left unchecked, will also affect biodiversity and ultimately the earth's natural systems and processes.
While the contribution of the Philippines to GHG emissions remains insignificant, there is no denying that the climate change issue affects all facets of the country's development. A business-as-usual option is no longer acceptable since the effects of climate change point to far-reaching consequences to the nation's food security, human health, water supply, settlements, and economic development. As part of the global community, the Philippines must do its part in helping mitigate carbon emissions.
Presidential Task Force on Climate Change