2017-04-27. Climate Change’s Pulse Is in Central America and the Caribbean.

posted Apr 28, 2017, 4:23 PM by Alan Gould   [ updated Apr 28, 2017, 4:27 PM ]

By J. E. González, M. Georgescu, M. C. Lemos, N. Hosannah, and D. Niyogi, Earth & Space News (EOS; AGU). For GSS Climate Change chapter 10. Excerpt: Nations that border the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea are ideally placed for tracking the effects of global climate change and testing innovative ways to adapt to future changes. ...The global trend of increasing sea surface temperatures, for example, may work with or against natural modes of climate variability in the region, highlighting the physical system’s complexity and nonlinear nature. Hand in hand with these physical changes are the hazards they pose to people. More than 120 million people live in the area. Despite steady, albeit inequitable, economic growth during recent decades, the region has become increasingly exposed to climate-related pressures that threaten its social and economic well-being. The region’s extensive coastlines, relatively low capacity to adapt to changing conditions, scarce natural resources, and limited infrastructure further intensify the perception of risk ...  https://eos.org/opinions/climate-changes-pulse-is-in-central-america-and-the-caribbean