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Monday, 26 May 2014

Climate change has already reached the Caribbean

Climate change is a threat to the livelihoods of millions in the Caribbean region that rely on sectors such as agriculture and tourism to survive. The Métropole Haïti radio newsroom suggests this interesting article on the various manifestations of climate change in the region. “The future of our planet looks pretty bleak. The latest report released by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) paints a dire picture: climate change is here to stay, and we are not doing enough to prepare ourselves. Extreme weather events – from hurricanes to floods and droughts – will leave virtually no corner of our planet untouched. Climate chaos will undoubtedly inflict damage upon wealthier nations, but no one is more vulnerable than the world’s poor.
The Latin American and Caribbean region is home to dozens of low- and middle-income countries that are still struggling to develop. Many depend on the warm waters and mild weather of the Caribbean to sustain their agriculture and tourism industries. Climate change threatens the livelihoods of millions of people across the region who rely on these sectors to survive. The small island nations of the Caribbean depend on the ocean as a source of food and income. Catching and eating fish have been traditions in the region for centuries, and fish remains a dietary staple.
However, this heavy reliance on the ocean for sustenance may be upended by climate change. According to a recent report, the world’s oceans will see a 170-percent rise in acidity by the end of the century, which could prove devastating for global fish stocks that are already overexploited.”

Source: metropolehaiti.com