Maria’s death toll in Puerto Rico more than 5700

A recent review of the additional mortality in Puerto Rico associated with the destruction caused by Hurricane Maria in September 2017 has sharply revised the numbers upwards--by almost two orders of magnitude. Most deaths occurred after the hurricane had passed--and are due to the failure of health care systems because of power outages, water shortages, and communication black-outs. 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

COP23 – The SIDS take charge

The small island developing states, the SIDS, can play a starring role at COP23. As a group they have numbers. They come in at 51 countries.  That’s a good-sized pack.  They got clout. They can change the narrative – if they seize the moment. This is what they need to do: They tell the UNFCCC […] Read More

COP23: Small island States show how its done

With COP23 in Bonn not too far away, it’s a good time to mull over the global effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The international collaboration and coordination that led to the Paris accord in December 2015 was unprecedented—and a clear sign that almost every government in the world–except of course for the very notable […] Read More