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Hurricane Dorian leaves flooding in the Bahamas
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UWI Regional Hq, Mona, Jamaica. Thursday, September 19, 2019— Prof. Michael Taylor of The University of the West Indies (The UWI) and Dr. Adelle Thomas of The University of The Bahamas and Climate Analytics are among an internationally respected group of scientists urgently calling on world leaders to accelerate efforts to tackle climate change. The Caribbean scientists are co-authors of a study published today in Science which points out that almost every aspect of the planet’s environment and ecology is undergoing changes in response to climate change – some of which are profound if not catastrophic for the future.

The urgency of responding to climate change is at front of mind for Prof Michael Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The UWI Mona. “This is not an academic issue, it is a matter of life and death for people everywhere, as most recently evidenced in the Bahamas with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian. People from small island States and low-lying countries are in the immediate cross-hairs of climate change”.

“I am very concerned about the future for these people” said Prof Taylor.

Dr. Adelle Thomas, Senior Researcher, agrees and adds “The current catastrophe being faced by The Bahamas is not an isolated incident. As evidenced by the widespread devastation felt throughout the Caribbean in 2017 and more recently in the Bahamas, extreme events are becoming more intense and small island developing States are faced with addressing existential threats. There must be international coordination and transformational change to limit global warming”.

Read more at: Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre

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