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The issue of sustainable development has been a troublesome issue in many territories and the Caribbean is no exception; as the pace of development has begun and in some cases has already outstripped the rate at which our valuable and fragile ecosystem can replenish itself.

These days, the scrutiny that is being placed on the global environment is unparalleled. While the consequences of global warming were considered a far off threat, experts are now predicting them to be real and imminent danger.

How can we prepare against forces that are beyond our control? What development policies can we implement at this stage of the game to prevent any further damage to our environment?

The need for the implementation of an effective land use policy, which of course would embrace the various concerns associated with the environment. We can only blame a lack of policy on the trends and now some areas of the island are paying dearly for it.

If we fail to introduce meaningful changes in the way we have gone about building our economies, we risk losing many years of investment in the tourism sector. But alas, are we too late?

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Yes people, the Hurricane season is here again and it started off with a bang with Tropical storm Arthur-the first named storm of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane Season, developing off the coast of Mexico over the last weekend.

The weak tropical storm quickly made landfall over the Belize/Mexico border one day before the official start of the season.

Arthur dumped ten inches of rain over 36 hours across Belize causing flooding in low-lying areas, leaving four dead and three people missing.

Expert views

Experts are speculating over whether or not climate change will have an impact on future hurricane seasons.

Have your say: do you think that climate change will cause more global warming and in turn cause more intense hurricane seasons?

Predictions

The main 2008 hurricane season outlook from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), is in collaboration with scientists from the NOAA National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Hurricane Research Division (HRD) predicts a below –normal hurricane season. But the center also predicts that there’s a 65% chance of a “most likely” above –normal season and also a 25% chance of a near-normal season.

Personally I don’t trust predictions – maybe thats why they’re called predictions. The best advice I can give everyone, is to make sure you take all the necessary precautions early (re-enforce them doors and windows, cut all hanging tree branches over the house, start storing up on batteries, lamps and tin food), so if they do come they will be unable to impose too much damage that might leave you homeless.

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