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Climate impacts and action in Latin America and the Caribbean

Latin America and the Caribbean together form a hugely diverse global region where the impacts of climate change are widespread, intensifying, and interacting with ecological, socioeconomic and political factors to create unique challenges. Local researchers have a vital role to play in helping decision-makers, the wider academic community and the public to navigate these complexities. Here we bring together a range of recent Opinion articles published in PLOS Climate in which thought leaders from across the region discuss the urgency of climate impacts, important knowledge gaps, and opportunities for effective climate action.

Central America in dire need of inclusive climate resilient development with support from the international community
Edwin Castellanos makes the case for urgent global co-operation to support sustainable, climate-resilient development in the countries of Central America.

Put the money where the gaps are: Priority areas for climate resilience research in the Caribbean
Anne-Teresa Birthwright and Rose-Ann Smith point to key opportunities for impactful research to support climate action in the Caribbean region.

Links between climate change and hurricanes in the North Atlantic
Rafael Méndez-Tejeda and José Hernández-Ayala provide an update on current understanding of the interplay between climate change and hurricanes affecting the Caribbean, identifying knowledge research gaps.

Priorities for natural disaster risk reduction in Central America
Adolfo Quesada-Román discusses opportunities to mitigate climate-related natural hazards across Central America.

Financing climate change mitigation and adaptation in Caribbean SIDS
Preeya Mohan outlines climate finance opportunities for Small Island Developing States in the Caribbean.

Urgency of understanding and responding to hydroclimatic impacts in Colombia
Benjamin Quesada and Alvaro Avila-Diaz highlight the challenges facing hydroclimate researchers in Colombia in their crucial work to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change.

An Atlantic eco-poetics of relations: Intercultural communication and Caribbean decolonising approaches to face the climate crisis
Yairen Jerez Columbié advocates a new intercultural eco-poetics to help find routes towards more just, climate-resilient futures across the Caribbean region.

Read more Opinions, Reviews and original Research Articles in PLOS Climate

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