See them while they’re still there: Caribbean islands threatened by climate change

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Industry and technology have brought forth some incredible benefits in the life of humanity over the last century. Just think of all the ways machines and engines have made our lives easier, and the benefits of modern tech that made it better.

But we shouldn’t forget the downsides of our technological evolution — the effects it has on our environment. Never before have we seen so many motor vehicles roam the roads and so many connected devices used to read news, browse the web, watch Canadian casino reviews and have fun on the go — and these have all been made at the cost of pumping climate-changing materials into the atmosphere.

Because climate change is real — we can feel it on our skin. And its long-term effects may lead to changes in our habitat that we have no way to counter. Here are some examples that will put the magnitude of the issue in perspective.

Back in 2016, a United Nations panel on climate change has listed the nine islands that are the most endangered by the sea level rise caused by global warming. The rising global temperatures lead to the melting of Earth’s ice caps, and this will cause the sea level to rise by up to one meter (over three feet) by the year 2100. Of course, this seems too far away, but we have to think in the long term – we may still have the means of stopping this from happening right now.

Among the nine most endangered islands, we find two that are close to home: Antigua and Nevis. And both of them are exposed to the effects of climate change already. In a 2010 report, the United Nations predicted the devastating effects of sea level rise on the island — it spoke of more than 300 tourist resorts that might simply be wiped out in the future, as well as all the airports, power plants, roads, and agricultural lands in the low-lying areas of the islands between Antigua and Nevis. And it comes at a cost, too — according to the report, the damage caused by sea level rise — along with the cost of rebuilding — will set back all Caribbean nations up to $180 billion (perhaps more).

According to some scientists, climate change has already reached the “point of no return” when the changes are irreversible. Although we have no means to stop the changes from happening, we can still dampen them by cutting our contribution to the ever-increasing greenhouse gas reserves in the atmosphere.

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