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Philippines disaster may have been worsened by climate change, deforestation via @mongabay

Philippines disaster may have been worsened by climate change, deforestation via @mongabay

Philippines disaster may have been worsened by climate change, deforestation Jeremy Hance mongabay.com December 20, 2011 As the Philippines begins to bury more than a 1,000 disaster victims in mass graves, Philippine President Benigno Aquino has ordered an investigation into last weekend's flash flood and landslide, including looking at the role of illegal logging. Officials have pointed to both climate change and vast deforestation as likely exacerbating the disaster. "We have no desire to engage in finger-pointing or to assign blame at a time like this. Yet, we have an obligation to find out exactly what has happened," Aquino said, according to the Christian Science Monitor . On Friday, Typhoon Sendong brought 12 hours of continuous rain to Mindanao Island; reports say rivers flooded and villagers were crushed by logs or drowned. The Philippines has declared a national d...

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