The Caribbean Shifts to a Regional Approach in Adapting to Climate Change

A ship that ran aground during Hurricane Dorian is seen through the broken wall of a house, in Abaco, Bahamas, Sept. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
A ship that ran aground during Hurricane Dorian is seen through the broken wall of a house, in Abaco, Bahamas, Sept. 27, 2019 (AP photo by Ramon Espinosa).
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When Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, struck the Bahamas in September, it killed dozens of people, displaced tens of thousands more and, according to a recent report, inflicted $3.4 billion worth of damage—roughly a quarter of the country’s GDP. It was the latest sign of the outsized impact that climate change is having on the Caribbean. Many of the region’s small island nations have limited habitable land, much of it barely above sea-level, which is one reason why storms like Dorian, which are becoming more frequent and intense due to climate change, can have such a devastating impact. The […]

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