Agriculture hit hard by El Niño

Article published in Göteborgsposten
8 August 2016
By Purple Romero
Photos: Veejay Villafranca

The Philippines. The province of Isabela in the Philippines has been badly affected by the weather phenomenon El Niño, and worst hit is the city of Cabagan.
“It’s never been this bad”, says Dominga Bucag who, despite the warnings, decided to grow corn. “The crops didn’t even survive through April”

El Niño doesn’t exist because of climate change, but its effect is enhanced by the fact that climate change brings heat. Isabela’s 85 000 corn farmers were doubly hit because of a combination of two weather phenomena: As well as El Niño, the province was hit by the typhon Melor, which caused massive amounts of flooding.

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