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Extreme heat scorched the Philippines on Wednesday

This is obviously a manifestation of the rapid warming up process that our planet undergoes.

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There is a persistent focus on human induced climate change as humanity loves to see itself as the centre of the universe. It is always worth stepping back and double-checking. We really need to do a lot more work on the effect of ENSO, particularly spirals that may occur periodically and may result in periods of severe climate change. Whilst both ENSO and human induced climate change are being recorded, we may not fully understand the interaction. We need to.

The natural world is adapting as best it can, where we let it. It is moving species across borders. Unfortunately, if they are then regarded as invasive non-natives, humans wipe them out. Such vandalism may be very damaging. The natural world knows what it is doing. We should let it, and learn from it. We should be doing a lot more to develop better management of water (flooding/drought) and changing our infrastructure to make it more resilient to heat. Air con and air cooler systems need to become a fundamental part of infrastructure, especially in urban areas.

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forcing thousands of schools to suspend in-person classes and prompting warnings for people to limit the amount of time spent outdoors.

El Nino is getting the blame for the problems in the Philippines, at least in this article, but it's occurring at a time when climate change is making life on the planet increasingly difficult in many other places, yet those that want to remain in the fossil era couldn't care less about the environmental problems others are dealing with. What are the globe's fossil masters doing to make life more tolerable for most of the rest of us as the planet continues to experience more climate related challenges? Musk-philes might ask their Elmo if they can ride along with him to Mars.

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Some context for my previous comment as this a touchy subject. ENSO originated climate change has wiped out civilisations and bleached coral before. Human induced climate change has increased over time, but is progressive and relatively slow. Humanity cannot impact upon our planet quickly and dramatically, either making it worse or better. But ENSO can. The increased temperatures in the last two years have been so high they suggest a more powerful short term warming than humanity could be entirely responsible for. It's likely that both human and ENSO warming are happening at the same time, but differently.

Our rather feeble response to human induced warming may eventually start to make a difference decades down the line, but if we are facing an ENSO warming spiral, we need to prioritise things differently. As well as reducing our effect on the climate, we need to protect our civilisation from much more extreme effects in the next decade - that means securing global supply chains to maximise food access around the planet (ignoring political/tribal issues), better water management, and better heat/cold protection. Everything we do needs to become more resilient.

ENSO induced climate change has the capability to be much more extreme and to happen much more quickly than anything human induced, and reducing fossil use won't stop it. So we really need to know if that is what we are up against. Two types of climate change. We might be able to reduce human-induced warming, but all we can do with ENSO-induced warming is protect ourselves from it, and hope that any spiral tails off.

And that's why we need to study both without activism or politics influencing the science.

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it Gets hot in the summer in the Philippines but not as hot as India.

Just stay under cover and keep up the fluids-simple.

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