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Archive | December, 2011

Happy holidays!

Green Antilles will be on holiday until January 5, 2012. Best wishes for the season to all readers! [Photo: Nick Hobgood]

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Video: Cutting Haiti’s Forests and Haiti’s Unnatural Floods

These videos are especially striking in light of recent news that human-caused environmental degradation may have contributed to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. The major environmental problem facing Haiti’s biodiversity is explained, including video of tree-cutting within a national park. The nearly complete deforestation of Haiti has caused countless problems for the country, the people, […]

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Security to be stepped up to protect Belize’s forests from trans-boundary poaching; territorial dispute with Guatemala complicates conservation efforts

The government of Belize has agreed to deploy more patrols to combat cross-border poaching in the country’s forest reserves: The Cabinet and the National Security Council have both approved recommendations in an official paper submitted by the Ministry of Natural Resources in conjunction with Friends for Conservation and Development (FCD), calling for more security presence—larger […]

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Forest rehabilitation in St. Martin

In an article for the Ecology Global Network, Betsy Crowfoot highlights reforestation work taking place at Loterie Farm, St. Martin: On the Caribbean island of Sint Martin/St Maarten, where high-rise resorts and development have scoured much of the landscape, a private reserve is seeking to reintroduce and protect forest habitat. Loterie Farm is a 135 […]

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The Bermuda Turtle Project

BerNews spotlights the work of the Bermuda Turtle Project: Baby loggerheads hatched by the Bermuda Turtle Project — seen being released and scrambling into the sea in this video – underscore the initiative’s ongoing efforts to repopulate the island’s waters. Five of the world’s seven sea turtle species are known to occur in Bermuda waters. […]

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Oil terminal development on Statia is a threat to the environment and sustainable development

There is growing concern in St. Eustatius (also known as Statia) about plans for the expansion of an oil terminal on the island: The Caribbean basin is one of the world’s major oil producing regions, with Venezuela boasting the western hemisphere’s largest reserves (and refineries), in addition to other producers like Mexico, Columbia, and the […]

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Did human action help cause the earthquake in Haiti?

Writing for the Mother Nature Network, Bryan Nelson discusses how environmental damage and climate change could have contributed to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti: If you ever doubted that human action was capable of profoundly effecting the Earth’s ecology, consider this: Scientists now believe that our mismanagement of the environment is quite literally causing the […]

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Sea turtle monitoring, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico

Video from a WIDECAST (Wider Caribbean Sea Turtle Conservation Network) Field Training Workshop, “Monitoring Sea Turtle Populations on Caribbean Foraging Grounds”, Isla Culebra, Puerto Rico. 24-29 October 2011 Isla Culebra is a U.S. National Wildlife Refuge and the site of an important community-based turtle conservation project.

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Exploring the biodiversity of Haiti’s Terra Incognita: Grande Colline

[This video is part of a series that] examines remote, poorly known, and largely unexplored regions of Haiti to survey their biodiversity, in a country where almost no forests are left. In this first installment, a large and virtually unknown mountain range, the Chaîne de la Grande Colline, is revealed. A team made up of […]

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Is ocean thermal energy conversion a wise choice for The Bahamas?

In The Bahamas, there is some scepticism about plans for the construction of ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) plants, especially since large-scale OTEC is a relatively untried alternative energy technology. One commentator writes: In the absence of any nationally adopted energy code, the Bahamas Electricity Corporation (BEC) has provided us with electricity using fossil fuels. […]

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Can the Caribbean survive climate induced impacts?

The UN Climate Change Conference 2012 is being held in Quatar this week. Caribbean 360 reports on concerns of survivability […]

Green Antilles interview: Salome Buglass, Masters student at UBC, asks Have Tobago’s corals survived mass bleaching?

It is my joy to present the second Green Antilles interview. Salome Buglass is a Master’s student at the University […]

World Ocean Assessment workshop for the Caribbean

On November 13-15, a World Ocean Assessment Workshop was held for the Wider Caribbean in Miami, Florida. The Workshop for […]

Economic impact assessment of recreational fishing in the Caribbean

Recreational fisheries are prevalent in most Caribbean islands, though to date, the socio-economic characteristics of this sector are poorly studied. […]

Weekend photos: peacock flounders

Peacock flounder, © Michael Buchanan

The peacock flounder changes its color and the pattern on its skin to exactly match the sea floor. One of […]