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In the early years of the 21st Century

Description: Description: Belize

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*** Extreme Weather ***

Belize is a country that is vulnerable to hurricanes, storms and associated flooding, wind damage, and storm surge. The country’s low-lying terrain exacerbates the effects of flooding and sea level rise 1. According to the Climate Change Knowledge Portal, extreme precipitation events might show different signs and commonly larger magnitudes of change when compared to mean precipitation. In a warmer world, the potential of air to carry moisture goes up exponentially, and thus the potential for heavier precipitation goes up.

Additionally, CariCOF predicts that unusually high air temperatures are likely to prevail through June 2024, increasing the risk of significant heat stress. The risk of severe weather impacts, including flooding, flash floods, and cascading hazards, may sharply rise in April or May, as the possibility of an intense early wet season is higher than in most years.  Microsoft BING Copilot

*** ARCHIVES ***

The World Factbook - Belize

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency CIA

[accessed 10 November 2020]

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[accessed 5 January 2021]

Although Belize has the third highest per capita income in Central America, the average income figure masks a huge income disparity between rich and poor, and a key government objective remains reducing poverty and inequality with the help of international donors. High unemployment, a growing trade deficit and heavy foreign debt burden continue to be major concerns.

GDP - per capita (PPP): $8,300 (2017 est.)

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 10.2%

industry: 18.1%

services: 71.7% (2007 est.)

Unemployment rate: 9% (2017 est.)

Population below poverty line: 41% (2013 est.)

Maternal mortality rate: 36 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)

Infant mortality rate: total: 11.2 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth: total population: 75.3 years

Drinking water source: improved: total: 99.2% of population

Physicians density: 1.12 physicians/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access: improved: total: 96.9% of population

Electricity access: electrification - total population: 92.2% (2016)

The Borgen Project - Belize

[accessed 21 January 2021]

The Borgen Project works with U.S. leaders to utilize the United States’ platform behind efforts toward improving living conditions for the world’s poor.  It is an innovative, national campaign that is working to make poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy.  It believes that leaders of the most powerful nation on earth should be doing more to address global poverty. From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture, operating at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day.

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Looking back a few years …

Advameg, Inc., Encyclopedia of the Nations

[accessed 17 December 2020]

The economy is dependent on agriculture and fishing. Sugar, bananas, and citrus fruits are the main cash crops. Until a recent depletion, the country's main export had been forest products, especially mahogany. Belize continues to import most of its consumer goods, including much of its food and all of its petroleum requirements. The tourism industry, fishing industry, and the garment manufacturing industry grew in importance during the late 1990s.

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