Bryan-Roach Administration Receives Climate Change Assessment

US Global Change Research Project Provides Essential Information

US VIRGIN ISLANDS – Governor Albert Bryan Jr. and Lieutenant Governor Tregenza Roach participated Wednesday in an information session on climate change conducted at the UVI Innovation Center by UVI President Emerita Dr. LaVerne E.Ragster.

Governor Bryan said the session, which was attended by Cabinet members and representatives of key government agencies, was an “effort to move forward in a cohesive manner” to address the effects of climate change in the territory.

Elevated temperatures, increased rainfall, more frequent and intense hurricanes are all signs that climate change is real and climate-related extremes are the new normal.

“It’s imperative that we plan for a more intense and less predictable climate than we’ve been used to,” Governor Bryan said. “We’re experiencing warmer temperatures and more rainfall outside of what used to be called the rainy season. These are signs that our climate is changing, and we’ve got to be ready to address the impacts on the way we live.”

Dr. Ragster, in her role as a research associate with the Caribbean Exploratory Research Center and a member of the US Global Change Research Project (USGCRP), along with research partner Lloyd Gardner and Nora Alvarez-Berrios of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Puerto Rico, has been tracking the effects of climate change on the 3.2 million people who inhabit the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.

In 2023, numerous temperature records were shattered, especially on St. Croix, where it was the warmest year on record, Dr. Ragster said. With an aging population in the US Virgin Islands, housing, transportation and agriculture are critically impacted by climate change.

Climate change degrades ecosystems like coral reefs, which protect low-lying areas from flooding. Facilities such as power plants, marine ports and airports are impacted by storm-induced flooding. Water and food security become increasingly vulnerable, creating a need for governmental agencies to create contingency plans.

“We’ve got to come together and be collaborative in our approach,” Governor Bryan stated. “We need to have a climate change response ingrained in the culture going forward.”

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