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TTC Special: Caribbean: Climate Threatens

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By F. Martin

TTC Service.- Global warming is not a joke.  Neither are the sequels. The numerous cyclones that appeared at the same time in the Caribbean are convincing evidences of what is looming in the climate.

The Caribbean islands destroyed and threatened by super-hurricanes must not only be increasingly prepared for those storms, but also to combat the effects of global warming.

After the rigorous attacks of nature in August and September Jamaica’s Prime Minister Andrew Holness said climate change is real, presenting a clear and present danger to countries worldwide.

Speaking  at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last week  Holness argued that “the right balance must be found, so that infrastructural growth is not at the expense of the environment”.

“This time they must factor in disaster resilience, recovery and adaptation in a systematic and institutional way. The world has been forced to acknowledge that there is an urgent need for responsibility, adaptation and resilience as we recognize our changing realities. Climate change is real and it will disproportionately affect those of us who are least prepared to respond, he said.

Holness urged Caribbean nations to use the November 27-29 upcoming United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) sustainable tourism conference, set for Montego Bay, as one of the best platforms to look at issues affecting the environment and the sustainability of the industry.

The conference is being staged in a year designated the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

The Jamaica tourism minister, Edmund Bartlett, was selected as head of the task force that will lead the UNWTO Disaster Recovery Programme. Bartlett is expected to coordinate a number of virtual meetings with UNWTO members from countries such as the United States, Spain, Barbados, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Haiti, Mexico, and France.

After the massive attack of the hurricanes in the Caribbean, many specialists reacted with serious concern on global warming.

A report from the CNN television network estimated that changes in our planet’s atmosphere did not cause Hurricanes Harvey or Irma. But added that the consensus among scientists is that “the effects of climate change, such as rising sea levels and warmer oceans, made those storms far more destructive than they would have been in previous decades”

“The short version is, climate change makes these very bad storms worse,” said to CNN  Sean Sublette, a meteorologist with Climate Central, a nonprofit group that studies climate change.  “It’s not the proximate cause of the storm, but it makes these bad storms worse. And in the case of a really bad storm, climate change can make it totally disastrous or catastrophic.”, Sublette added.