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The Caribbean must awaken to sea-level rise threat — South Florida can help

The Caribbean must awaken to sea-level rise threat -- South Florida can help

Beach of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Photo: Karel Miragaya/123rf

In South Florida, thanks to the foresight of local leaders, sea-level rise and climate change are being tackled regionally — Miami-Dade, Monroe, Broward and Palm Beach counties formed the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact a decade ago to share wisdom and best practices toward a common goal: Stop rising seas from invading and destroying our way of life.

But it seems that a major component is being overlooked.

When we think regionally, we seldom think of the water-logged Caribbean islands just miles away from us, and that are the real front lines of this region’s climate-change manifestations.

Consider this: If the Bahamas, Jamaica, Aruba, the Virgin Islands are inundated by rising oceans, where will all those residents flee to seek shelter? South Florida, most likely.

On Nov. 11, the United Nations Economic and Social Council launched a campaign to help create a climate change survival blueprint for the Caribbean.

Source: The Palm Beach Post

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