Irma's Aftermath: "For The First Time In 300 Years, There's Not A Single Living Person On Barbuda"

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Exactly one week ago, Prime Minister Gaston Browne surveyed the damage on his tiny Caribbean island of Barbuda and declared that Hurricane Irma had completely devastated the island and left 90% of all dwellings leveled.  Browne went on to say that Irma's "absolute devastation" meant that Barbuda was "basically uninhabitable" for the 1,800 people who called it home.

Now, according Barbuda's Ambassador to the United States, Ronald Sanders, the entire island has been evacuated for the first time in 300 years leaving "not a single living person on the island of Barbuda."  Per the USA Today:

“The damage is complete,” says Ambassador Ronald Sanders, who has served as Antigua and Barbuda’s ambassador to the U.S. since 2015. “For the first time in 300 years, there’s not a single living person on the island of Barbuda — a civilization that has existed on that island for over 300 years has now been extinguished.”


“This was a huge monster,” he says. “The island and the people on the island had absolutely no chance.”


“We’ve had most of the people we’ve brought over to Antigua in shelters,” says Sanders. “We’ve tried to make living accommodations as good as humanly possible in these circumstances. Fortunately, we had planned ahead for this hurricane, and we had ordered supplies in from Miami and the United States before the hurricane hit.”


As the following aerial footage from the BBC shows, not a single structure was left untouched by Irma's 185 mph winds.


Meanwhile, even though Barbuda residents have been evacuated to safety on Antigua, Sanders says the mass evacuation has resulted in an unsustainable situation with massively overcrowded schools and unsanitary living quarters in government facilities.

Though Barbudan evacuees are safe, Sanders says the situation is not ideal — people are living in cramped quarters in government facilities and nursing homes, including some 500 school-aged children. Now that school is back in session, Antigua must find room for these students.


“The situation is unacceptable, and it’s costly,” he says. “We’re going to have to keep this going for sometime because Barbuda’s not going to be rebuilt in a hurry, and when we do rebuild it, we’re going to have to rebuild to massive hurricane standards. This is going to take a while. There is no electricity there, there is no potable water anymore, there is no structure in which people can survive. We have a mammoth task on our hands.”


Sanders says the world must step up and help Barbuda.


“We are a small island community — the gross domestic product of Antigua is $1 billion a year,” he says. “We cannot afford to take on this responsibility by ourselves. Barbuda is not just a disaster, it’s a humanitarian crisis. We are hopeful that the international community will come to our aid, not because we’re begging for something we want, but because we’re begging for something that is needed."

Finally, Sanders took the opportunity to remind us all that, in his scientific opinion as an Ambassador, Hurricane Irma was the direct result of all of our contributions to global warming....

“We believe climate change is here to stay — it’s a reality, despite all of the naysayers,” he says. “We know that these things have occurred as a result of the profligacy of the countries that are rich, and have abused the system. We, unfortunately, who contribute less than naught point naught percent of pollution of the world’s atmosphere, are the world’s greatest victims.”

...except this...


...and this...


Oh well, we probably just don't understand the math...

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homiegot's picture

It's probably for the best. Just clean your fucking mess up before you leave.

AtATrESICI's picture

Hopefully it is a harbinger of things to come for the round table group devotees and the hotdog pizza party crowd. NYC NYC NYC ... DC DC DC ...

Village-idiot's picture

Jose, in the last few hours, started to move towards the US coast.,26.56,1205/loc=-70.846,27.118

Hopefully it'll start to veer a little more northward, and it starts to suck all the stagnant water out of the swamp.


rejected's picture

God help us if it goes into New York. Took over 5 years before they stopped mentioning Sandy.

Redheart's picture

They still talk about it

peddling-fiction's picture

Will the people of Barbuda be allowed to come back? Ever?

Or will Branson "buy" the island and make it sustainable (meaning you are not invited), wine cellar and all?

any_mouse's picture

I was thinking of taking adverse possession.

BarkingCat's picture

So was I.

We need a few more people though.

Enough to be able to defended but not more than the island's eco system can sustain naturally. 

Bes's picture

according to the graph, average intensity has been much higher since the 1990's. 

compared to the data prior.

scientists do not say we would have forever increasingly more hurricanes.  they have said they would be stronger. 

increasing water and air temps create stronger storms.

unless you all disagree with the laws of thermodynamics

and can't fucking read the graph properly.

or maybe you are used 140 character tweets by the goldman-zio-neocon loving trump....



afronaut's picture

7th strongest on record. And, NOAA has been outed for fudging ocean temp data. CO2 has minimal forcing according to many climate scientists. 

weburke's picture

mission accomplished, watch what the future is for that island, and a few others. st john. The idea was to rid the islands of natives. And independents. 

AtATrESICI's picture

You do know that a decrease in petrochemical energy and feedstocks means a decrease in human lives? Trolls will be the first to go.

peddling-fiction's picture

They will use another depopulation fast-track, much quicker than the lack of petrochemicals, or general Eugenics that already is working.

Thalamus's picture

Research Irma being tropical depression not even cat 1 -- fearmongering to get people to evacuate. Don't use googull it's in on the fun.

Cloud9.5's picture

That is good yo know. The massive oaks that were downed on my property must have been felled by Florida beavers.

neidermeyer's picture

One problem with your thesis... it's based on a lie that water and air temps are rising.

ONEwarrior's picture

Man made climate change? Hell No!

Made made Globalist fucking with nature.  Damn Right.

Itinerant's picture

The number of huricanes that make landfall is pure chance -- most storms peter out somewhere in the oceans.

The prediction is NOT that there will be more hurricanes, only that the most destructive hurricanes will top previous ranges. Don't forget, the destruction a hurricane brings is relative to the square of the wind speed. Further, the most damage is often from water surge, rain and flooding. It only takes a little more wind and rain to make a storm two or three times as destructive.

Creepy_Azz_Crackaah's picture

When will some brilliant gubmint fine all of the Barbuda ex-residents for polluting?

SilverRhino's picture

Hell no. I'm expecting some islamics to show up in a boat and claim it for a holy land or some such bullshit. 


Uninhabited islands, that's FREE LAND.




SmittyinLA's picture

They haven't rebuilt yet either

Backin2006's picture

Time for everyone on the US East Coast and Caribbean islands to start building houses with Bermudian hipped roofs and three foot thick stone walls, instead of plastic sheeting, polystyrene and plywood. I can't understand the logic of people who fork out half a million dollars to by a house in some rich neighborhood that has been built to degrade within a decade or two. Time to educate ourselves about planned obsolescence.

not dead yet's picture

Won't help too much for the idiots that demand their house be built right on the edge of the water. A big enough storm surge would carry them away. On one of the house buying shows a women was advised that by buying the house she eventually purchased, which was right on the beach, could not be rebuilt if damaged by a storm. She just had to be on the beach and did not care about being wiped out. So many of those people want to be right on the beach and even a block away is too far. What's really stupid is how so many people who live on or near the beach have pools.

thunderchief's picture

Richard Branson can buy it and fix it up with his billions.   I felt so sad seeing pictures of his ruined personal island, and was so worried for him, riding out the storm in his wine cellar.  I think we should donate money to him.  Poor guy. 

Slack Jack's picture

Hurricanes are formed by the evaporation of sea-water. The warmer the water, the more evaporation and the stronger the Hurricane. You don't have to be a rocket scientist to figure out that global warming will add to the average strength of Hurricanes. The occurrence of Hurricanes depends on many factors, in particular the wind shear. So it is not clear that global warming will necessarily increase the number of Hurricanes, although it might.

Record-Setting Hurricanes; Record-Setting Wildfires; Record temperatures; ya think it might be global warming?

So, why is the global rise in temperatures so worrisome?

For one thing, as temperatures rise good farmland will become desert (e.g., dust-bowl conditions will probably return to the American Midwest).

Another major problem is sea-level rise.

Have a look at

The U.S. Geological Survey people claim that;

The Greenland ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 6.55 meters (21.5 feet),
the West Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 8.06 meters (26.4 feet),
the East Antarctica ice sheet melting will raise sea-level 64.8 meters (212.6 feet),
and all other ice melting will raise sea-level 0.91 meters (3 feet).

For a grand total of about 80 meters (263 feet).

So, what does an 80 meter (263 feet) rise in sea-level mean. Have a look at the following map of the world after an 80 meter rise. It means that over one billion people will have to be resettled to higher ground and that much of the most productive agricultural land will be under water. Fortunately, at current rates, the Greenland ice sheet will take over a thousand years to melt and the Antarctica ice sheet, much longer. However, the greater the temperature rise the faster the ice sheets will melt, bringing the problem much closer. Remember, the huge ice sheet that recently covered much of North America, almost completely melted in only 15,000 years (today, only the Greenland ice sheet, and some other small patches of it, remain). Since then (15,000 years ago), sea-levels have risen about 125 meters (410 feet), only 80 meters to go.

The ice sheets have been continuously melting for thousands of years. What is left of them today, is still melting, and will continue to melt. Human caused global warning will cause this remnant to melt significantly faster. This is a big, big, problem.

For HUGE detailed maps of the "World after the Melt" go to:

Global temperatures are increasing. And by quite a lot each year.

2016 is the hottest year on record for global temperatures.

This is 0.0380 degrees centigrade hotter than the previous record year which was 2015.

0.0380 is a large increase in just one year.

2015 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.1601 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2014.

0.1601 is an absolutely huge increase in just one year (at this rate temperatures would increase by 16 degrees in a century).

2014 was the hottest year (at that time) for global temperatures.

This was 0.0402 degrees hotter than the previous record year which was 2010.

The conspiracy to hide global warming data.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is given tax money to make global temperature records available to the public. However, certain people at NOAA continually sabotage this aspect of NOAA's mandate. For example, these people have (deliberately) sabotaged the web-page that delivers the temperature records.

Look for yourself:

Go to the page: scroll down to the The Global Anomalies and Index Data section and click the download button and see what happens. Well, you get the message:

"Not Found. The requested URL /monitoring-references/faq/anomalies-download was not found on this server."

I guess that the 2017 data must be truly horrible if they have to hide it away.

It turns out that this seems to be the case; NASA reports that:

July 2017 had the hottest average land temperatures on record.

The new July 2017 record was +1.20 degrees centigrade above the 20th century average (of the July data). The previous record average land temperature for July was just last year. It was +1.10 degrees above the 20th century average.

Did the media bother to tell you about this? No!

They are apparently too frightened to tell you about the August 2017 data. How many months does it take to figure out the averages for August? I guess the August data must be truly truly horrible.

ebworthen's picture

Humans have absolutely zero control over:  the Weather, the Planet, an Eclipse, Meteors, the Sun, or the rest of the Galaxy surrounding our little blue marble.

Frightening yes, but hysterical fantasies about being able to change it, while not talking about pollution and nuclear power, is a waste of time.

Antifaschistische's picture

are you suggesting that I am not as significant as I was taught that I am!!!

homey above left of human induced avalanches.  They are on the rise also.

any_mouse's picture

Fukashima. And Central Banks.

Secure up the first. Dismantle the second. In either order or concurrently.

Then we can ruminate about whether Carbon or the Sun is responsible for variations in Earth's Climate.

Anteater's picture

There's always a joker in every deck.

The first thing Bush did was shut down half the meteorological

stations, mostly in the cool country. That was the urban heat

island resampling effect that Mann created his bullshit hockey

stick from. Since then, weather stations have been popping up

all over the tropics, but not in the northlands, further skewing

the data set. Not apples to oranges, but snow balls to mangos.

Fuck you and the horse you rode in on with your ClimateGate.

Your Carbon Catholic liturgy and AGW Bishopry can suck CO.

Yog Soggoth's picture

They also purposely put weather stations in the hottest and coolest places( Tops of mountains, bottoms of desert flats) to make it seem like there is more unstability than usual. That is why there are so many record temperatures all the sudden from places you never heard of.

Rock On Roger's picture

Yup, glaciers have been melting and the ocean rising for the last twelve thousand years or so. We've been breeding like lemmings ever since. I guess it is our own human fault. No different than the lemmings.

rejected's picture

Looks like you forgot about the email scandal a few years back showing how they scammed all the temps.  

not dead yet's picture

In the last few years they have been caught repeatedly fudging the temps to prove climate change. Adjustments to cool the past to make the recent warming look out of control. Even when they don't adjust they graph their temps in increments of tenths or hundreths of a degree for dramatic effect that makes things look far worse than they are. Never makes the mainstream media even after the fudgers admit their crime.

devnickle's picture

Hurricanes have formed on this planet for billions of years. There is no revelation here. Mother nature does not give two shits where humans live or what they do. Grow up already, and STOP YOUR FUCKING SPAMMING. 

whoflungdung's picture

The moniker "Slack Jack" suits you, too lazy to engage your brain.

Justin Case's picture

Even small changes in solar activity can impact Earth's climate in significant and surprisingly complex ways, researchers say.

The sun is a constant star when compared with many others in the galaxy. Some stars pulsate dramatically, varying wildly in size and brightness and even exploding. In comparison, the sun varies in the amount of light it emits by only 0.1 percent over the course of a relatively stable 11-year-long pattern known as the solar cycle.

Still, "the light reaching the top of the Earth's atmosphere provides about 2,500 times as much energy as the total of all other sources combined," solar physicist Greg Kopp at the University of Colorado told As such, even 0.1 percent of the amount of light the sun emits exceeds all other energy sources the Earth's atmosphere sees combined, such as the radioactivity naturally emitted from Earth's core, Kopp explained.

To learn more about how such tiny variations in solar energy might impact terrestrial climate, the National Research Council (NRC) convened dozens of experts in many fields, such as plasma physics, solar activity, atmospheric chemistry, fluid dynamics and energetic particle physics.

Erwin643's picture

That's what it is!! It's the sun, goddamn.

Ain't no such thang as climate change!

Ma church said so, god daiam!

Gobble D. Goop's picture

Al Gore could not have said it better himself.

You are hereby awarded one Al Gore carbon credit.  And...


Erwin643's picture

But there ain't no such thang as climate change.

Nop nop nop. Dup dup dup.

Gobble D. Goop's picture

Occidentally, you might want to learn how your Icon, algore made most of his money.


Erwin643's picture

For true progressives who follow the latest climate change data, Al Gore has no fans. He's just a big embarrassment.

afronaut's picture

Are you retarded or just very susceptible to the power of suggestion. 

Wile-E-Coyote's picture

Funny, you left this out of biased epilogue Greenland recorded its lowest ever temperature on 4-7-17


Utopia Planitia's picture

Geezus here we go again.  Isn't "copy-paste-copy-paste-copy-paste-copy-paste....." a boring hobby?  Why don't you try Pokemon before it completely goes away!

HRClinton's picture

They are a former British colony. They even have Brit accents. 

Send them to the UK. They should fit in nicely in Brixton.

Then sell the island to a (((Global-Lust Billionaire))), like Jeffrey Epstein, who can convert it to a discrete sex-tourism getaway for politicians, the rich and the powerful. 

not dead yet's picture

Podesta could buy it and put up a bunch of villas and a Comet Pizza joint. Pedo could then be declared legal as you own it you make the rules.

GodSpeed_00's picture

Shut the fuck up you stupid asshole. I hope you fucking die in a gasoline fire.

robertocarlos's picture

keep it free of humans. Clean it up first though.