Climate activists have cautioned that El Niño conditions could come more frequently in the coming years, and at a greater intensity, as a result of global warming. ADVERTISEMENTEl Niño is the warm phase of the El Niño Southern Oscillation characterized by reduced rainfall. “El Niño cycles should have long been anticipated but government did nothing to prepare our water supplies, agricultural systems and communities,” Dulce said. For Wilhelmina Pelegrina, country director for Greenpeace Philippines, the worst is yet to come, in terms of El Niño. Harsher and longer El Niño events can lead to many devastating consequences, Pelegrina said, including smallholder farmers, fisherfolk and indigenous peoples going hungry and becoming poorer as they bear the brunt of the impact of El Niño.
Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer March 14, 2019 21:22 UTC