A few notes on climate change impacts in Italy, over the last few months.30/09/2023
Caribbean countries are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. This region is one of the world’s major climate “hotspots”. This means that it has been and will be the most affected by climate change, due to its geography, location, and dependence on agriculture, fisheries, and tourism.
Climate change is particularly affecting the frequency and severity of hurricanes and tropical storms, making them more common and destructive than before. This year’s season has started earlier than previously recorded. The first tropical storm, Arlene, hit the region in early June, unusually early. Tropical Storm Bret followed, affecting several states, with storm-force wind gusts, torrential rains, flooding, and storm surges.
Additionally, dry seasons are longer, and rainy seasons are shorter and more intense, severely affecting agriculture, water, and food supply. This also means that rising temperatures will hit harder. For example, the highest temperatures ever recorded in the region occurred in Puerto Rico during June 2023, reaching 45° in some parts of the island. Temps will keep being hotter and hotter, affecting both people and the environment. Seas are warmer, which harms marine wildlife such as coral reefs, turtles, and fish. Mosquito-borne diseases are also more likely to spread, as warmer temperatures favor their breeding and proliferation.
All of this further increases environmental degradation, driven by climate change and human activities, which reduces the environment’s ability to protect itself and us, and threatens our natural surroundings, our animals, and our beautiful and unique environment.
The lives of millions of people, ecosystems, and wildlife are at serious risk if climate change continues to impact as it does today.