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E-jeepney iloiloIloilo, Philippines -- Global warming or climate change is a hot issue these days that the Iloilo city leadership introduced a very important innovation for the Ilonggos and thought of some measures that can help mitigate global warming as well as build more climate-resilient communities.

It was a very timely move for city mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to introduce the environment friendly vehicle dubbed e-Jeepneys to the Ilonggos as thousands gathered in the capital city of western visayas along with foreign visitors and local tourists from other parts of the country for the Dinagyang Festival.

Read more: E-jeepney, cool remedy for global warming

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La Niña is Spanish for “the girl-child.” The term is used to describe the cyclical cooling of the central and eastern Pacific Ocean.

La Niña is the lesser known sibling of El Niño, which means “the boy-child.” While El Niño often results in strong warm weather in the Pacific — which can trigger drier conditions in eastern Australia — La Niña is associated with wetter than normal conditions. The presence of La Niña often means the east coast of Australia and parts of Southeast Asia will see more rain, flooding, monsoons and possibly cyclones.

Read more: La Niña in a nutshell

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Climate cureIt sounded like a panacea for climate change: “geo-engineering” the atmosphere to block some sunlight and counter global warming. Now scientists scrutinizing the approach say it could produce dangerous cascade effects, severely disrupting weather and agriculture—and might fail to block the worst of the greenhouse effects anyway.

Two prominent climate scientists raised the possibility of geo-engineering in 2006, and it’s been invoked as the world’s emergency escape hatch ever since—a quick fix to stabilize or even reverse the heating of the planet. It would head off worsening heat waves, droughts, and rising sea levels. The estimated price is right, too. A 2009 analysis found that geo-engineering would cost only $2 billion or so a year, chump change compared with converting from CO2-producing coal, oil, and natural gas to wind, solar, nuclear, and biofuels.

Read more: A Climate Cure’s Dark Side

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