Extreme weather events have doubled in the Caribbean and Central America

Madrid — Extreme weather events, such as cyclones or droughts, have doubled or even tripled in protected areas of the Caribbean and Central America so far this centuryso a study warns of the urgent need for adaptation strategies.

An investigation carried out by researchers from the National Museum of Natural Sciences (MNCN-CSIC)in Spain, and from the University of Évora, in Portugalwhich the magazine collects this Tuesday Conservation Biologyhas analyzed, using 32 parameters, the past evolution and the predicted projections of climate impacts in this region of the planet characterized by a biodiversity that is as rich as it is vulnerable.

“Half a century ago, ecosystems characteristic of the Caribbean and Central America such as mangroves or tropical dry forests not only mitigated the effect of hurricanes or heat waves, but were capable of recovering, but with an increase in their frequency and intensity, each perhaps they have it more complicated,” explains one of the authors, MNCN researcher Miguel Bastos Araújo.