Climate change puts our islands at risk, says DOE

Two degrees may not seem like much, but the Department of Environment told Cayman 27 that’s all it would take to make a huge impact on our islands.

DOE Deputy Director Tim Austin said Cayman’s proximity to sea level puts it at risk to global warming.

He emphasised that experts’ forecasts vary, but some predict parts of Cayman could be completely underwater by the turn of the century if global temperatures are allowed to continue their escalation.

If that doomsday prediction seems too far fetched, Mr. Austin pointed to some other unpleasant side effects.

“Climate change also has a myriad other complications including the warming oceans with the coral bleaching, the increased intensification of hurricanes and probably an increase in frequency, the alterations of the rainfall patterns, increase in air temperatures in terms of humidity and comfort level for people,” said Mr. Austin.

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Joe Avary

Joe Avary

Joe Avary has been with Cayman 27 since 2014. He brings 20 years in television experience to the job, working hard every day to bring the people of Cayman stories that inform the public and make a difference in the community. Joe hopes his love for the Cayman Islands shines through in his informative and entertaining weather reports. If you have a story idea for Joe or just want to say hello, call him at 324-2141 or send an email to

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