Global climate warming will affect the
Caribbean and Central America in many ways. The effects of global warming can be either
beneficial or harmful, and by appropriate and timely action we can maximise benefit and minimise
broad overview of climate change in the Caribbean http://www.caribbeanclimate.bz/featured-articles/climate-and-weather.html
warming is particularly threatening to the coral
reefs fringing Belize.
Beneficial effects will include increased
economic support for activities that retain forest, or that increase the amount of forest through
There will also be increased support for the
use of energy efficient sources such as solar that will also lower power costs.
Projects to improve the environment and
biodiversity,and develop sustainable agricultural and aquaculture will increase. These include
better agricultural crops and methods of production, integrating aquaculture with agriculture, and
The above activities generate employment
through direct employment, and by creating new industries, new professions and trades, and provide
Harmful changes may
include changes in rainfall such as frequency, seasonality, and intensity of storms and hurricanes,
and certainly increased sea and land temperatures and sea level
There will be general detrimental affects on biodiversity and
particular threat to Belize, and other low lying areas in the Caribbean and Central America, from
climate warming is increased sea temperatures resulting the loss of coral and fisheries, and also
rising sea levels.
Sarteneja is dependent on fishing for much
income, and the area is low lying. Increased sea levels will reduce available land, increase damage
from hurricane surges, increase coastal erosion, and release nutrients that will alter the marine
Increased sea levels and intense rainfall
will released silt and nutrients amd result in sea-grass loss and damage to
The main ways Belize can minimise climate
change are to:
- ReduceSOOT from burning. Soot is a major contributor to global
- Maintain rainforest or plant forests on
unproductive land. Forests capture
- Use less energy that comes from fossil
- Use more solar
wind energy for electricity generation, reduces reliability on fossil fuels, provides a
reliable source of power, and generates income.
Sarteneja has the driest and sunniest climate in Belize. This capacity to generate
solar energy, and the large transmission loss to Sarteneja, makes Sarteneja an ideal location
to develop solar energy for region.