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Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the caribbean
Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

Hurricane Irma cost Antigua and Barbuda $250m but insurance paid out just $6m, says diplomat, calling for more support at UN climate talks in Bonn

November 13, 2017 — After one of the most destructive Atlantic hurricane seasons on record, some Caribbean nations are facing heavy losses. Continue reading Caribbean diplomat calls for support to address hurricane losses

Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

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Hurricane Irma left a trail of destruction through the Caribbean (Pic: NLRC via IFRC)

UN talks on loss and damage are failing to deliver for vulnerable communities. After a devastating hurricane season, the developed world must step up

October 16, 2017 — Harvey, Irma, Ophelia. This year’s devastating and record-breaking hurricane season reminds us that storms turbo-charged by human-caused climate change are not a distant future threat, but a reality faced by people around the world. Continue reading Rich countries must provide funds for climate change victims

Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

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Devastation on the island of Dominica in the wake of Hurricane Maria. Photograph: Jose Jimenez/Getty Images

Increasingly unfamiliar and unpredictable weather events mean that business as usual is not an option for these islands to survive

October 6, 2017 — As a Caribbean climate scientist, I am often asked to speak about how climate change affects small islands. In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, one of two category five storms to batter the eastern Caribbean in just a week, three words resonate in my mind. Continue reading Climate change in the Caribbean – learning lessons from Irma and Maria

Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

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TRYING TO LEAVE. People wait in a line to check flights at Luis Munoz Marin International Airport, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 26, 2017 as some flights are still being rescheduled for one or two weeks. Hector Retamal/AFP

Rejecting accusations Puerto Rico has not received the same level of assistance as storm-hit US states Florida and Texas, Trump says a ‘massive relief effort is underway’

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Sept. 27, 2017) — US President Donald Trump defended the government relief response to hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 26, and promised to visit the island next week. Continue reading Trump defends response to Puerto Rico hurricane disaster

Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

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An image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s GOES-16 satellite of Hurricane Maria making landfall on the island of Dominica on Tuesday, the day before it struck Puerto Rico. Credit: NOAA

This hurricane season has broken multiple records already

September 22, 2017 — On top of powerful winds and flooding, there was darkness. It came when the entire island of Puerto Rico lost power after Hurricane Maria’s onslaught Wednesday. The category 4 storm’s winds ripped through Puerto Rico starting around 7 a.m. Eastern time that Continue reading Unprecedented Hurricane Season Sees Widespread Damage

‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

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STREWN AROUND. Lightposts lay on the ground after being damaged in the passage of Hurricane Maria, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 20, 2017. Hector Retamal/AFP

After killing at least 9 people in the Caribbean, Maria slams into Puerto Rico’s southeast coast at daybreak before churning across the US territory which is home to 3.4 million

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria caused devastation across Puerto Rico Wednesday, September 20, as 150 mile-an-hour winds from the island’s worst storm in living memory flooded the capital and sent thousands scurrying to shelters. Continue reading ‘Storm of the century’ Maria pummels Puerto Rico

‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

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INITIAL SALVO. Tourists flee from the rain on a beach in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017, prior to the arrival of Hurricane Maria. Hector Retamal/AFP

Arriving just as islanders in the region are struggling to recover from devastating Hurricane Irma which struck earlier this month, Maria claimed its first victim in the French territory of Guadeloupe

GUADELOUPE, France (Sept. 21, 2017) — Hurricane Maria headed towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Tuesday, September 19, with the US National Hurricane Center warning of a “potentially catastrophic” impact after the storm battered the island of Dominica and other territories in the eastern Caribbean. Continue reading ‘Potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Maria eyes Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico

Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

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A flooded home in Houston. ‘Major parts of the dominant global superpower have been decimated by two Katrina-dwarfing storms in less than a month.’ Photograph: David J Phillip/AP

The extreme weather of the past months is a game-changer: surely now the world is ready to talk about climate change as a civilisation-collapsing catastrophe

September 21, 2017 — In 1988, when the scientist James Hansen told a senate committee that it was “time to stop waffling so much and say that the evidence is pretty strong that the greenhouse effect Continue reading Climate optimism has been a disaster. We need a new language – desperately

Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

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Although Antigua and Barbuda was pummelled by Irma, as it recently exceeded the DAC country income threshold, it may be deemed ineligible for official development assistance.’ Photograph: Helene Valenzuela/AFP/Getty Images

Hurricane Maria has wrought terrible destruction in the Caribbean, yet OECD guidelines say that the islands are ineligible for assistance

September 19, 2017 — In a manner reminiscent of Stephen King’s Bazaar of Bad Dreams, dark clouds of despair and destruction hover yet again over the Caribbean with the passage of Hurricane Maria. Continue reading Our hurricane-hit islands deserve aid. The rules that block it are wrong

Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening

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Flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey, southeast Texas 31 August 2017. Photograph: UPI / Barcroft Images

Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, flash fires, droughts: all of them tell us one thing – we need to stand up to the fossil fuel industry and fast

September 11, 2017 — For the sake of keeping things manageable, let’s confine the discussion to a single continent and a single week: North America over the last seven days. Continue reading Stop talking right now about the threat of climate change. It’s here; it’s happening