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QUOTE OF THE WEEK
" We are prepared to stand with
communities and establishments...
so that persons could have the
benefit to have external
engagement they need to survive
in the Tobago land space."
Study: Man-made extreme weather has hit all over the world
WASHINGTON - Most people on Earth
have already felt extreme and record heat,
drought or downpours goosed by man-
made global warming, new research finds.
In a first-of-its-kind study, scientists
analyzed weather stations worldwide and
calculated that in 85 percent of the cases,
the record for hottest day of the year had
the fingerprints of climate change. Heat-trap-
ping gases from the burning of coal, oil and
natural gas made those records more likely
or more intense.
"The world is not quite at the point where
every hot temperature record has a human
fingerprint, but it's getting close to that,"
said lead author and Stanford University
climate scientist Noah Diffenbaugh.
Climate change's influence was spotted
57 percent of the time in records for lowest
rainfall in a year and 41 percent of the time
in records for most rain in a 5-day period,
according to the study in Monday's Pro-
ceedings of the National Academy of Scienc-
For the last several years, researchers have
come up with a generally accepted scien-
tific technique to determine whether an
individual weather extreme event was made
more likely or stronger because of climate
change. It usually involves past weather data
and extensive computer models that simu-
late how often an event would happen with
no warming from greenhouse gases and
compare that to how often it does happen.
Outside scientists said what makes Diff-
enbaugh's study different and useful is that
he doesn't look at an individual event such
as California's five-year drought. Instead,
he applies the technique to weather stations
as a whole across the world, said Columbia
University climate scientist Adam Sobel,
who wasn't part of new work.
"This is a step forward in that it allows
general statements about what fraction of
events of the given types selected have a
statistically significant" human influence,
Sobel said in an email. (AP)
The interisland sea transportation
chaos, specifically in relation to the
Superfast Galicia, has certainly left
an indelible mark on the minds of
citizens of this country, especially
Tobagonians. Wholesalers and retail-
ers began to panic buy as the spectre
of being without food and building
materials loomed large before island-
The reality is that although infor-
mation regarding the vessel's departure
to Spain in May was public knowledge,
little was done to find a replacement.
In the end, there was a scramble and
the entire scenario turned into a spec-
The drama unfolded daily and began
recently with the announcement by
the ship's owners- Transmed- that
they had given one month's notice
to government , to the sight of the
coast guard vessel along with police
at the Scarborough port last week,
preventing the vessel from sailing to
Spain, is nothing short of dramatic.
And when truckers got involved and
decided to take matters into their own
hands by placing a truck on the ves-
sel's ramp to ensure the ship sailed
back to Trinidad and not directly ,
the scene was reminiscent of a Hol-
We are now hearing of the cost of
the ship's tenure in Trinidad, breach
of contract by the ship's owners,
"quakes" and major damages to a
Trinidad hotel and many other prob-
Interesting, the solution to the end
of the Galicia's tenure, which includes
a boat and a barge transporting goods
between the two islands, is quite
expensive and presents its own prob-
What have we learnt from all of
In the first place, industries must
be developed to the point where they
can supply the needs of Tobagonians
and visitors. Cove Eco- Industrial
and Business Park, once touted to be
THA Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles,
right, presents former chief secretary
Orville London with a copy of the book
"Tobago: Clean, Green, Safe and
Serene" during a courtesy call at the
Calder Hall Administrative Complex
yesterday (April 24, 2017). London is
Trinidad and Tobago's High
Commissioner to the United Kingdom.
PHOTO COURTESY: THA , INFO DEPT.
Lessons from the Galicia Fiasco
the envy of the rest of the Caribbean because of
the proposed business activity to be generated
there, is still in its infancy.
The bureaucracy associated with doing business
in this country especially the land license needed
by foreigners to invest here must be addressed as
stated by the Tobago Chapter of the Trinidad and
Tobago Chamber of Industry and Commerce.
But while Cove is growing the agricultural sec-
tor and culinary industry must grow as well . It's
sad to see that, after Easter celebrations every year
or if the cargo vessel sailing is delayed for some
time, bread cannot be found on the grocery shelves
Yes, we can ascribe blame to the government
for the Galicia situation reaching its boiling point
but what we cannot blame them for is the absence
of basic commodities on the shelves.
The spectre, which was created by the possi-
bility that the interisland route would be without
a cargo vessel for a number of days, should be a
thing of the past as we develop industries to feed
and supply ourselves with basic life necessities .
SHOMARI HECTOR, Assistant Secretary Division
of Community Development, Enterprise
Development and Labour, April 2017
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