Solar panels. Image credit: Pete Jelliffe
Energy

UAE funds renewable energy projects in Saint Lucia

The government of Saint Lucia will be embarking on several renewable energy projects with financial support from the second funding cycle of the United Arab Emirates-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund. Projects will include installation of photo-voltaic electricity generation systems at two schools, construction of a solar-powered charging station for electric vehicles …

Barbados beach. Image: Ben Geach.
Oceans

Coral reefs worth billions to the Caribbean tourism industry

According to a recent study by the Nature Conservancy, coral reefs contribute over US$7.9 billion annually to the Caribbean economy through tourism. This represents 23% of all tourism expenditures and more than 10% of the region’s GDP. The study, which was supported by JetBlue, the World Travel and Tourism Council, …

Dr. Sonia Peter. Image: courtesy Dr. Sonia Peter.
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Dr. Sonia Peter

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with Dr. Sonia Peter of Barbados. Dr. Peter is a natural products chemist with an interest in ethnobotany and plant conservation. She studies the fascinating library of natural agents produced by plants, the tradition of our use of plants for medicine and the potential for …

Jaguar in Guyana. Image: Rustom Seegopaul.
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 13, 2019

Guyana signs on to a new roadmap to save the jaguar — In an unprecedented global commitment to saving the jaguar, key jaguar range states and leading international conservation organisations joined together to launch the Jaguar 2030 Conservation Roadmap for the Americas. Belize and Suriname are also participating countries in this …

Mariculture. Image: Michael Chu.
Fisheries

A wealth of potential for aquaculture in the Caribbean

The Caribbean could increase its seafood production to over 34 million metric tons per year, according to recently published research on the economic and ecological potential for offshore mariculture in the region: A team led by researchers at UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School of Environmental Science & Management and the …

Wind turbine. Image: John McIntyre.
Energy

Guyana explores wind power potential

The government of Guyana, with support from the Global Environment Facility and the Inter-American Development Bank, is exploring the potential for wind power generation along the country’s Atlantic coast: The Ministry of Public Infrastructure (MOPI) has begun installing four wind measurement stations along the Atlantic Coast at a cost of …

Kemar Codrington and Mikhail Eversley of OASIS Laboratory. Image: courtesy OASIS Laboratory
Innovation
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Green Antilles interview: OASIS Laboratory

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with the entrepreneurial team of young scientists behind OASIS Laboratory. OASIS Laboratory is a Barbadian company manufacturing botanical, eco-friendly personal care products made with natural ingredients like breadfruit, tamarind, cinnamon, lemongrass, and sargassum seaweed.  The innovators behind OASIS Laboratory are Kemar Codrington (pictured above, left) …