November 5, 2014

Air Pollution in the Philippines

Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Emissions (kt) in the Philippines

Carbon dioxide (CO2) emission data shows that carbon foot prints are increasing in the Philippines; the red trend line indicates an upward sloping trend. It is estimated that carbon dioxide emission is increasing by 1.4%, on average, every year since 2006. Carbon dioxide accounts for the highest share in greenhouse gases which is related to global warming (according to World Bank data). 

The fact that air is becoming polluted every year can no longer be ignored. Its future consequences are dangerous to the society; in terms of human health, environment, and climate change. Mega cities (Manila, Makati, Quezon City and the likes) cannot deny the fact that increasing use of cars coupled with traffic congestion is one of the causes of the problem.

Considering the data above, policies for green development should be looked deeply. The use of renewable energy will not only be a sustainable source of energy but will also make a difference in reducing air pollution. Encouraging the use of bicycle, by creating protected bike lanes, is also seen to reduce pollution and enhance welfare; this will enhance mobility at less cost and less air pollution. The use of electric cars would also reduce air pollution, yet at present, its cost is very high to be adopted by the society.

In the present era, we have the advantage to abandon the old ideas of growth (producing more cars and the likes); and instead, we can leapfrog and adopt green development for green future.


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