Tuesday 17 October 2017

Editorial: Forward planning vital to weather storms ahead

FOR the third time in as many weeks we have been battered by high winds and raging seas. The increased frequency, duration and intensity of these storms are causes for serious concern as they have resulted in much disruption, suffering and loss of livelihood.

We do not need meteorologists to tell us that our weather patterns are changing radically. The debate about climate change, global warming and carbon emissions continues apace with increasing numbers accepting the main arguments, while a minority continues to dissent.

But in the meantime, this island nation also has to learn to make provision to avoid as best we can the consequences of tougher weather conditions and cope more speedily and effectively with their fallout. There are now huge issues as to costs involved here, with the urgent need for some clarity around state, insurance firms' and individuals' responsibilities.

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