Considering the Caribbean: Possible Effects of Rising Sea Levels in Our Backyard

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

The Bahamas' Harbour Island is currently a picture of beauty, but it might be gone in 50 years. The Bahamas' Harbour Island is currently a picture of beauty, but it might be gone in 50 years. (Larry Deack / Wikimedia Commons)

Last week's tsunami-like surge in the Philippines might feel far away, but there's a vulnerable coast line right in our backyard: The Caribbean.

Rising sea levels could have considerable effects on the Caribbean islands, profoundly impacting tourism and immigration. 

If sea level projections are accurate, three-fourths of the beaches in the Bahamas' Harbour Island could be underwater in 50 years. There's even a possibility that some of the islands will be uninhabitable in the future. 

Member station WLRN in Miami is running a week-long series on the impact of seal level rise. Tim Padgett joins us to discuss his report on the projections for the Caribbean.



Tim Padgett

Produced by:

Johanna Mayer


T.J. Raphael

Comments [1]

Angel from Miami FL

Contrary to sensational new reports, tidal surges don't happen every day. Tsunamis only happen when there's an earthquake offshore. Flooding in South Florida is the rule not the exception. The sea level is rising but not at the rate the media outlets are screaming. Your '71 Vista Cruiser is not the reason icebergs melt. While the US switches to natural gas, China burns more and more coal. Individuals have personally done as much as they can.

Now it's time for business and governments all over the world to fall in line. And the media needs to point out this fact and stop yelling that the sky is falling for rating sake.

PS: To the media, I stop watching after the first scream.

Nov. 13 2013 12:47 PM

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