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SDGS ON THIN ICE: Arctic Warming and the Climate Crisis in The Philippines

Climate change is taking a severe toll on the Philippines, particularly affecting the most vulnerable communities. The 2022 World Risk Index classified the Philippines as the most disaster-prone country in the world. This challenge is compounded by the influence of Arctic warming on the nation's climate vulnerabilities and its pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Despite the Philippines' commitment, the 2023 Sustainable Development Report shows that substantial progress is needed, with a score of 67.1% and a rank of 98 out of 166 countries assessed in the SDG Index.
Without intervention, climate change could reduce the country's GDP by up to 13.6% by 2040. Although geographically distant from the Arctic, its warming effects ripple across the Philippine archipelago, posing significant threats to economic aspirations and sustainable development goals.
Rising sea levels and extreme weather events particularly threaten coastal communities. Rising temperatures, projected to increase by 1.8°C-2.2°C by 2050, could lead to crop heat stress and health impacts, potentially causing food security concerns and reducing productivity.
The Philippines faces challenges in key areas: infrastructure, the standard of living and human capital. Rising sea levels and storm surges threaten coastal infrastructure, impacting commerce, transportation, and community connectivity. Agriculture, the livelihood for millions, is at risk, affecting food security and well-being. The Philippines has suffered substantial losses due to extreme weather events, primarily in the agriculture sector. Frequent natural disasters disrupt access to education and healthcare, affecting SDGs related to health, education, and community well-being.
To address these multifaceted challenges, the Philippines must develop comprehensive strategies that harmonize economic growth, sustainable development, and resilience while recognizing the interdependent nature of our world and the impact of global climate shifts, including Arctic warming.
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  • Munene Mugambi

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    The ingenious communities in the Philippines are really at risk of suffering huge effects of climate change if we all don't take steps to mitigate the climate crisis

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    • Sarah Chabane

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      Super insightful! I really like this blog series :)

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    • George Kariuki

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      The Philippines needs to work with other countries to address the global challenge of climate change.

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