Biodiversity News

Regional biodiversity information portal launched

The Caribbean Biodiversity Information Portal was officially launched August 9, 2018 in Barbados. The Barbados Advocate reports: Speaking at the official launching ceremony … Assistant Curator of the Natural History Department at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, Kerron Hamblin, revealed that the project was a year long regional project …

Climate Change News

Caribbean leaders call for President Trump to take climate change seriously

Caribbean leaders are trying to get the message across that climate change is a very real and present danger for the region. From Brinkwire:  Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports.Hurricane season poses …

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Styrofoam cup. Image: Alan Antiporda
Another Caribbean country has announced measures to phase out and ultimately prohibit single-use Styrofoam and plastics. From the St. Lucia Times: Saint Lucia plans to  phase-out  Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1,...

Oceans News

Triniadadian marine biologist Diva Amon wins award for excellence in deep sea research

The inaugural International Seabed Authority Secretary-General’s Award for Excellence in Deep Sea Research was recently presented to Dr. Diva Amon of Trinidad and Tobago:  This annual award is given to young researchers under 35 years old from developing countries, and recognizes the excellence of their contribution to the advancement of …

Energy News

3MW solar farm officially opened in Saint Lucia

The first utility-scale renewable energy development in Saint Lucia was officially opened August 9, 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, former US President Bill Clinton, and former President of Costa Rica, José María Figueres. LoopTT reports on former President Clinton’s remarks at the …

Agriculture News

Guyana’s rice exports increase 43%

Boosted by access to new markets in Latin America, Guyana’s rice exports for the first half of 2018 are more than 40% greater than for the same period of the preceding year: As the Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) wraps up its 2018 first crop results from January to June, …

Fisheries News

High levels of mercury found in Kaituma River, Guyana; testing to begin at other sites soon

The Kaituma River was the principal source of potable water for residents of the Port Kaituma community, up until water testing revealed high levels of mercury contamination: Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has …

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