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Jul 18, 2013

Climate change is a serious issue for Belize

Wendel Parham

The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre popularly known by insiders as the Five C’s is housed in Belmopan.  Belize has a National Climate Change Coordinating Committee that was established by the Cabinet. The members of that body include a multidisciplinary committee of N.G.O.’s as well as from the private and the public sector. According to C.E.O. for the Ministry of Forest, Fisheries and Sustainable Development, Doctor Wendel Parham, the group meets every two months.

 

Jose Sanchez

“We are below sea level, Doctor Parham. How are we being affected?”

 

Dr. Wendel Parham, C.E.O., Min. of Forestry and Fisheries

“Right now of course we are having salt water infusing up the rivers and into the soil. So it will impact agriculture…that’s one of the things that’s happening with the rise in sea level. So we have salt water going further in than normal. So it affects the ability to grow crops. It also will affect your infrastructure…if you are building concrete with iron, you know what will happen when salt is in the system. There will be problems with maintaining the buildings. The increase in temperature of course, you feel it yourself, and that will demands more energy. People are using AC. There are increase in rainfall which is leading to a lot of flooding in lot of places and you witnessed recently in Stann Creek, Hope Creek and those areas; some serious flooding. And also you will find that the dry season is getting a bit shorter. There is no demarcated dry season. Now this impacts agriculture. At one time, you could have said for sure I could cut plantation and start develop in January and plant by May. Now rain can come at anytime. For those subsistence farmers in particular, if they don’t burn in time, then they can’t grow anything. So the erratic rainfall pattern; the whole temperature regime; that is changing on us is really affecting our ability to manage the economy.”

 

Jose Sanchez

“The threat of rising water levels because of our low-lying areas, how much should you be concerned for people who live along the coast?”

 

Dr. Wendel Parham

“Well I guess many people are experiences problems right now with water coming up on their land. So they have to talk about building sea walls and trying to keep it out. So they are concerned about that. But I think in designing our new developments, we will have to try to move away from lower levels because it will creep on you.”

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2 Responses for “Climate change is a serious issue for Belize”

  1. Rod says:

    Start fixing this gov. First get rid of this pm and his corrupt gov and stop the waste time energy and money on the climate we have so many other pressing issues that climate change should be last on the list.

  2. Philip says:

    Subject: Fwd: Climate change?

    Ian Rutherford Plimer is an Australian geologist, professor emeritus of earth sciences at the University of Melbourne, professor of mining geology at the University of Adelaide, and the director of multiple mineral exploration and mining companies. He has published 130 scientific papers, six books and edited the Encyclopedia of Geology.

    Born

    12 February 1946 (age 67)
    Residence

    Australia
    Nationality

    Australian
    Fields

    Earth Science, Geology, Mining Engineering
    Institutions

    University of New England,University of Newcastle,University of Melbourne,University of Adelaide
    Alma mater

    University of New South Wales,Macquarie University
    Thesis

    The pipe deposits of tungsten-molybdenum-bismuth in eastern Australia (1976)
    Notable awards

    Eureka Prize (1995, 2002),Centenary Medal (2003),Clarke Medal (2004)

    Where Does the Carbon Dioxide Really Come From? Professor Ian Plimer could not have said it better!
    If you’ve read his book you will agree that this is a good summary.

    PLIMER: “Okay, here’s the bombshell. The recent volcanic eruption in Iceland . Since its first spewing of volcanic ash has, in just FOUR DAYS, NEGATED EVERY SINGLE EFFORT you have made in the past five years to control CO2 emissions on our planet – all of you.

    Of course, you know about this evil carbon dioxide that we are trying to suppress – it’s that vital chemical compound that every plant requires to live and grow and to synthesize into oxygen for us humans and all animal life. I know….it’s very disheartening to realize that all of the carbon emission savings you have accomplished while suffering the inconvenience and expense of driving Prius hybrids, buying fabric grocery bags, sitting up till midnight to finish your kids “The Green Revolution” science project, throwing out all of your non-green cleaning supplies, using only two squares of toilet paper, putting a brick in your toilet tank reservoir, selling your SUV and speedboat, vacationing at home instead of abroad, nearly getting hit every day on your bicycle, replacing all of your 50 cent light bulbs with $10.00 light bulbs…..well, all of those things you have done have all gone down the tubes in just four days.

    The volcanic ash emitted into the Earth’s atmosphere in just four days – yes, FOUR DAYS – by that volcano in Iceland has totally erased every single effort you have made to reduce the evil beast, carbon. And there are around 200 active volcanoes on the planet spewing out this crud at any one time – EVERY DAY.
    I don’t really want to rain on your parade too much, but I should mention that when the volcano Mt Pinatubo erupted in the Philippines in 1991, it spewed out more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than the entire human race had emitted in all its years on earth.

    Yes, folks, Mt Pinatubo was active for over One year – think about it.

    Of course, I shouldn’t spoil this ‘touchy-feely tree-hugging’ moment and mention the effect of solar and cosmic activity and the well-recognized 800-year global heating and cooling cycle, which keeps happening despite our completely insignificant efforts to affect climate change. And I do wish I had a silver lining to this volcanic ash cloud, but the fact of the matter is that the bush fire season across the western USA and Australia this year alone will negate your efforts to reduce carbon in our world for the next two to three years. And it happens every year.

    Just remember that your government just tried to impose a whopping carbon tax on you, on the basis of the bogus ‘human-caused’ climate-change scenario.
    Hey, isn’t it interesting how they don’t mention ‘Global Warming’ anymore, but just ‘Climate Change’ – you know why? It’s because the planet has COOLED by 0.7 degrees in the past century and these global warming bull artists got caught with their pants down.

    And, just keep in mind that you might yet have an Emissions Trading Scheme – that whopping new tax – imposed on you that will achieve absolutely nothing except make you poorer.
    It won’t stop any volcanoes from erupting, that’s for sure.
    But, hey, relax……give the world a hug and have a nice day!”

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