Saturday, August 12, 2017

Uprooting Air Pollution: Factors in the Philippines

In 2012, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported more than 7 million registered motor vehicles in the Philippines. According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), 69% of the country's air pollution comes from vehicle emission. As the population continues to grow, there will be the inevitable increase in energy consumption leading to greater gas emissions and increased traffic congestion. Population growth also causes overcrowding in cities, becoming a factor in the Philippine's change in infrastructure, which has resulted in the construction of higher buildings. With higher buildings air pollutants are prevented from dispersing and remain at ground level causing greater ingestion by people.

Press the play button below to watch the graphic demonstrate the increase in the Philippines' cumulative CO2 emissions as population density grows over the course of 60 years between 1950-2010. Air pollution is becoming a nationwide topic as lower middle-income countries like the Philippines continue to develop. In searching for a solution to decrease air pollution, there may be deeper, underlying factors found in the problems of transportation and poverty (overcrowding).

This is the link to the Gapminder Tool used above. Users can modify the graph to other variables such as coal or oil consumption to life expectancy or child mortality rates, as well as change the country.

You can find more information on air pollution in the Philippines here:

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