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Uploaded on Tuesday 21 Feb 2012
Hurricanes on Mesoamerica and the Caribbean, 1904-2009
Nieves López Izquierdo, Associate Consultant UNEP/GRID-Arendal
The extreme climatic events of the Mesoamerican and Caribbean region show that there is a strong correlation (most likely non-linear) between greenhouse gas emissions, temperature increases, increased intensity of hurricanes and the rise in sea levels (IPCC 2007 and Stern 2007). For example, in Mesoamerica and the Caribbean sub-region, there were 36 hurricanes between 2000 and 2009, as against 15 and 9 per year in the 1980s and 1990s. Moreover, during the last 100 years, 4 of the 12 years with the highest number of hurricanes making landfall occurred in the last decade.