By Gilberto Chona and Sarah Benton* Hurricanes - like Hurricane Irma - and tropical storms threaten the Caribbean with tragic frequency making it one of the most vulnerable regions on the planet. These phenomena affect lives, infrastructure and economies, and are worsening with climate change. These impacts are significant and require serious attention to strategies to … [Read more...] about Ready to face Hurricane Irma?
Effects of Hurricane Joaquin. Photo Author Michael Nelson Climate Change is already affecting The Bahamas. We are experiencing much hotter and longer summers and our cooler months, which seems each year to take longer to arrive are not as cool as 15 and 20 years ago. Due to the endless warming of the atmosphere we are experiencing an increase in the existence of vector borne … [Read more...] about How Can We Address the Effects of Climate Change in The Bahamas?
Photo courtesy of Stocksnap As the Caribbean region braced for this year’s hurricane season, the Inter-American Development Bank was putting the finishing touches on the Risk Monitor, a comprehensive tool to help regional policymakers consider relevant evaluation data in order to reduce the risks associated with disasters. The tool is not yet published online, but various IDB … [Read more...] about Some useful tools for the Caribbean when a natural disaster occurs
If we contemplate climate change long enough, it seems like we all lose. However, if you really want to talk about the equivalent of an unfair penalty or missed offside call, look around Jamaica. Ten hurricanes ravaged the country in the last five years, each causing damages of approximately US$100 million. The rainy season is longer, droughts follow that exacerbate … [Read more...] about Four Climate-Smart Business Opportunities in Jamaica and the Caribbean
Water is life. Water is destruction. Whatever it may be, we can’t always control it. On Christmas day, my family and I went to mass at the beautiful Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Castries, St. Lucia, an architectural gem enriched by Caribbean and African influences. Sadly, only a handful of people attended the celebration. This was not because there was a drop in … [Read more...] about Between Life and Destruction