EDITORIALNo excuse for El Niño surpriseBy The Manila Timeshome/Opinion/Editorial/No excuse for El Niño surpriseTHE old saying “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” might very well be applied to the Philippines’ response, or lack thereof, to the predictable, periodic El Niño climate phenomenon that is now having a severe impact on water supply in the country. On Thursday, ING Bank issued an economic update warning that the El Niño was likely to cause upward pressure on inflation. The El Niño is a climate phenomenon characterized by the appearance of warmer-than-average Pacific Ocean water moving eastward toward South America. Given the Philippines’ long familiarity with the El Niño and its effects and the reliability of government climate scientists’ forecasts of its occurrence, it is frankly baffling that the onset of El Niño conditions continues to come as a complete surprise to many people. For now, the challenge is simply to find ways to minimize the social and economic impacts of the present El Niño.
Source: Manila Times March 15, 2019 16:30 UTC