Caribbean felt full brunt of climate change in 2017

Dominica hurricane

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados,  CMC – In 2017, the Caribbean felt the full brunt of climate change with a warning that current trends indicate that there will be no respite.

Within a two-week period, Hurricanes Irma and Maria brought home the reality of the impact of climate change as they churned their way across the Lesser Antilles destroying everything in their paths. Hurricane Harvey had in August set the stage for what was to come; with devastation in Houston, Texas, amounting to nearly US$200billion.

“The unprecedented nature of this climatic event highlights the unusual nature of weather patterns that continue to affect nations across the globe,” the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Secretary General Irwin LaRocque said in a message to United States President Donald Trump, as Harvey made landfall in the United States after whipping up strong winds and heavy rains in the Caribbean.

It took less than a month for his statement to bear fruit. Hurricanes Irma and Maria, two Category 5 storms left so many Caribbean islands devastated in September that the CARICOM Chairman and Grenada’s Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell said “there can be no question that for us in the Caribbean, climate change is an existential threat”. (more…)

CDEMA Responds to Irma’s aftermath

Observer Media Group (Facebook) photograph. Hurricane Irma aftermath- Antigua

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) will convene a meeting today, Wednesday September 6, 2017 in anticipation of the expected damage from the passage of the dangerous Hurricane Irma through the Northern Caribbean. The agency met yesterday with the Regional Response Mechanism (RRM) partners at the CDEMA Coordinating Unit. That meeting, chaired by CDEMA’s Executive Director, Mr. Ronald Jackson, was attended by forty five (45) representatives of regional and international donors and humanitarian and development agencies.

CEDEMA presented a plan for vulnerable areas in their Participating States and the institutions were able to present their plans for support which included providing monies, disaster assistance facilities, security, repairs and general support. (more…)

Antiguans reflect on Tropical Storm Gonzalo

Residents of Antigua/Barbuda have their say on the passage of Tropical Storm Gonzalo over the country on Monday.

The residents spoke to the ABS TV cameras Tuesday which was dubbed National Clean up and Recovery Day. ABS reported that Gonzalo, with gusts near 85 miles per hour, damaged homes, schools and other public buildings, crippled communications services and left several roads impassable.

Reparations discourse being intensified

Dialogue among CARICOM Member States on the issue of reparations continues with the Second Conference on Reparations, in Antigua and Barbuda October 12 – 14 2014, at the Jolly Beach Hotel.

The Conference is being convened under the theme: Scientific Engagement and Community Mobilization for Reparations. The main objective is widening the dialogue and intensifying the scientific and popular discourse on the CARICOM Reparations Commission’s Ten Point Plan for Caribbean Reparatory Justice.

The Opening Ceremony on Sunday 12 October begins at 5:00 pm and will be streamed live on this link: