Integrating disaster risk reduction and climate action for resilience | Matilde Mordt and Ronald Jackson

UNDP hurricanesWith a higher frequency of more intense storms, the 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean is evidence of a warming climate. Credit:UNDP in Latin America and the Caribbean

Scientists have long advised that the peak intensity of severe storms would increase as temperatures rise, and in addition, the time taken to achieve these new peaks would be shortened. The 2017 hurricane season in the Caribbean is evidence of this, with a higher frequency of more intense hurricanes.

The results have been tragic loss of life and widespread devastation, and within the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), more than 160,000 people have been directly affected and countless others indirectly affected. The case of Dominica shows the overwhelming power of these storms, where losses in the key economic sectors of tourism and agriculture are calculated to be 100 percent. The impact of Hurricane Maria and Irma across all affected states is not merely an indicator that climate change is causing more powerful storms, but importantly it is a stark reminder of the existing vulnerability and risk exposure of the Caribbean that has remained unchecked. Read More>>