News: CARIBSAVE Environmental Project

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 Oxford University’s School of Geography and the Environment and the Caribbean Community Centre for Climate Change have launched a joint project, CARIBSAVE, with seed money from the UK Department for International Development. They will be studying two Caribbean tourist destinations, Eleuthera in the Bahamas and Ocho Rios in Jamaica  to map out climate predictions until the year 2100. They will study, among other things, likely levels of rainfall, wind-speed, the rate or rising sea temperatures and sea levels, and the frequency and severity of hurricanes. Project Director Murray Simpson explained that “the vision for CARIBSAVE is a long-term and sustained approach to climate change and tourism in the region. . . . Hundreds of tropical Caribbean islands attract millions of tourists every year, but the impact of climate change is already starting to affect its fragile ecosystem and endanger the livelihoods of many of the islanders.”

For the complete press release about the project see http://www.eleutheranews.com/local/335.html

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