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BOLINAO, Pangasinan—Bolinao a town at the northwest tip of Pangasinan, is gifted with hectares of coral reefs, sea grass beds and mangrove forests, plus mariculture areas that produce tons of “bangus” (milkfish) yearly.

But like all coastal areas around the country, the town is vulnerable to the impact of erratic weather and global warming.

If coastal areas feel the impact of climate change, the first casualty would be food security, said Dr. Nora David, an oceanographer from the University of the Philippines’ Marine Science Institute based in Bolinao.

Read more: Typhoons + global warming = food woes

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LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines  – To cope with high cost of economic losses due to natural disasters, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UNISDR) wants the barangays as the first line of defense against global climate change.

Coastal barangays should be given priority since they are the most vulnerable to rising sea level rise, UNISDR said.

Read more: Barangays eyed as first line of defense vs climate change

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A study by the University of the Philippines Los Baños (UPLB) and the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA) said that “lack of awareness on the global challenge climate change and low adaptive capacity levels” can put communities in the Philippines at risk when primary causes of vulnerability strike.

A press statement released by Dr. Linda M. Peñalba of the UPLB to the journalists who attended a two-day Understanding and Reporting Climate Change Workshop at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila on Friday said the conclusion was reached following a study they did with EEPSEA, an initiative of the International Development Research Center (IDRC).

Read more: Lack of climate change awareness puts communities at risk — study

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