July 12, 2020

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


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From Travel Trade Caribbean

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 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 [Cayman Islands,] Bahamas, Jamaica, , the 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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