Caribbean Environment, Economy Under Threat (Associated Press)

Port of St. George's, Grenada

People living in eastern coastal Grenada have seen their shoreline gradually disappear into the sea, “a result of destructive practices such as the extraction of sand for construction and ferocious storm surges made worse by climate change,” the Associated Press reports. Farmers complain that crops are getting damaged by the intrusion of the salty water, and fishing families may have to relocate farther up the hillside, away from their source of livelihood.

What is happening in Grenada is a small preview of what many fear could happen in the rest of the 15 nations that make up the Caribbean Community bloc. Rising sea levels and surge from more intense storms will bring enormous economic and social costs. “The tourism-dependent Caribbean is thought to be one of the globe’s most vulnerable regions,” the AP reports.

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