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Security & Strategic Review - December 2020

Central America demands ‘climate justice’ as hurricane season hits

Still reeling from the impact of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Central America is now facing further devastation following the recent passage of hurricanes ‘Eta’ and ‘Iota’ in what has been the most active Atlantic hurricane season in recorded history - a phenomenon linked to climate change. With figures like Nicaragua’s Vice President Rosario Murillo and Honduras’s President Juan Orlando Hernández all highlighting the sub-region’s particular vulnerability to climate change and demanding “climate justice” and compensation from the foreign community, institutions like the United Nations (UN) Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (Eclac) continue to warn of further dire consequences if adaptation measures to climate change are not taken.

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