Forest: Our first line defence against natural calamities

‘Medicane,’ a rare, hurricane-like storm, is on track to hit Europe

A hurricane-like storm in the Mediterranean Sea, known as a ‘Medicane,’ spins near the island of Sicily on November 7th, 2014.

A powerful and rare storm is set to hit the eastern Mediterranean this weekend.

The hybrid storm, often called a “Medicane” (Mediterranean + hurricane) has features similar to hurricanes and typhoons.

According to a study published in 2011, only about 1-2 “Medicanes” occur per year. These powerful storms usually happen during the months of September and October, when sea surface temperatures in the Mediterranean are still quite warm, although they can occur at any time of year…


Forest: Our first line defense against natural calamities

The forest is an important resource for the development of this country especially in our fight against global warming. Forest is a home to flora and fauna. It provides a recreation area and eco-tourism sites needed to boost our tourism industry and improve our economy while delaying climate change. In 2000, forestlands in the Philippines comprised 15.8 million hectares or 53% of the total area of the country…

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