LOCATED IN THE Caribbean, Barbados has a land area of 167 sq. mi. (431 sq. km.), and a population of 331,000 (2006 est.), with a population density of 1,663 people per sq. mi. (647 people per sq. km.). More than a third of the population lives in Bridgetown, the capital. Thirty-seven percent of the land on Barbados is arable, with an additional 5 percent used for meadows and pasture. About 12 percent of the country is forested. Historically, Barbados has been reliant on the sugar industry, but now also relies on tourism. Because of this, Barbados has been at the forefront of the Caribbean Tourism Organizations role in discussing the adverse effects of climate change. Barbados is regularly threatened by hurricanes, and is facing real ...

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