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Concerns Increase in Cuba Because of Rising Temperatures, Drought, Other Effects of Climate Change

LADB Article ID: 79708
Category/Department: Cuba
Date: 2015-07-23
By: Daniel Vázquez

Cuba's population is beginning to observe the impacts of possible climate change in the increased temperatures and prolonged periods of drought that have reduced reservoir levels and caused havoc in agriculture and livestock, while looking to a future of more potential risks such as a rising sea level and its effect on the coastline. Every year, local experts are surprised by record temperatures despite the trade winds that have always moderated the tropical climate of the Antilles' largest island. Residents complain of increasingly hotter summers where going out into the street or even staying in the shade is torture; it is a luxury to have air conditioning in cars or homes. 2014 was considered the hottest year in the last 135, and last April was one of the hottest months in the last 50 years after several maximum-temperature records were broken and 35 degrees Celsius was registered at 23 meteorological stations. Since the mid-20th century, temperatures in Cuba have risen 0.9 degrees Celsius, according to local experts, who predict a more extreme climate as a result of the greenhouse effect.

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