SIDS and the rising seas

Small island developing states should be well advanced by now in planning for climate change. A crucial decision is to move disaster response agencies and key ministeries inland and away from the coast. Schools need to be retrofitted as community protection centres powered by photovoltaic solar energy. Communication systems need to be storm-proof. Read More

Alberto, Beryl, and Chris

These are the names proposed for the first three named tropical storms that develop in the Atlantic and Caribbean during this year’s hurricane season.  Alberto has already shown up early. Although the season doesn’t officially start until June 1, Alberto who started life in the south west Caribbean close to Belize, is heading north for […] Read More

After Maria : Building back Puerto Rico

There’s been lots of talk about Elon Musk sending solar panels and  Powerwall batteries down to Puerto Rico.  This is excellent work — because it keeps the narrative going about distributed power and energy resilience in the face of more intense storms- –which is what the Caribbean is going to have to contend with as […] Read More

Hurricane Maria: time for a rethink

Sometimes disasters offer an opportunity to rebuild back better.  In effect, while no-one would wish it on the people who emerge  battered, bruised, and bloodied by the event, the more destructive the disaster perhaps the greater the opportunity.  But to build back better you have to think seriously outside the box. In fact, you need […] Read More