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Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability

January 7, 2015 • Daily Email Recap

Population boom driving Philippines’ climate vulnerability 

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The Philippines’ rapidly growing population is increasing its vulnerability to climate change, according to a government document.

Around 92 million people [sic] live in the Philippines and the number is growing by 1.9% a year. The country has slipped recently from 12th to 3rd most vulnerable in the world to climate change.

“The large number of people and their migration patterns have led to crowded cities, waste and housing problems, pollution, and encroachment of upland forests and watersheds leading to denudation and, consequently, significant reduction of carbon sinks,” write the authors of the report.

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In 1970, the population of the Philippines was 30 million. Population growth has slowed since then, but the number of people living in the country is nonetheless expected to double in the next thirty years.

The 102-page document was submitted to the UN’s climate body on 29 December. It outlines the country’s vulnerabilities, actions and constraints in tackling climate change.

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