Soil. Image: CIAT
Agriculture

How permaculture in the Caribbean can help mitigate climate change

Maintaining and improving soil health is an integral aspect of sustainable agriculture. Not only are healthy soils more productive, they also help to mitigate climate change by absorbing greenhouses gases from the atmosphere. As Daphne Ewing-Chow, writing for Forbes, explains, this is why regenerative agriculture, which reverses land degradation and …

Shield bug, Puerto Rico. Image: S Crews
Biodiversity

The disappearance of insects from Puerto Rico’s rainforests is a “hyper-alarming” sign

The UK Guardian reports on the collapse of insect populations in Puerto Rico’s Luquillo rainforest. Plummeting insect populations, in Puerto Rico and other parts of the world, have been attributed to climate change, and could have effects that ripple through entire ecosystems and food webs: “We knew that something was …

Montserrat Living with Climate Change flyer. Image: CANARI.
Climate Change

CANARI seeks stories of living with climate change in Montserrat

The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is looking for stories from Montserrat of how the fisheries sector been affected by climate change: The #Living with Climate Change contest is being held as part of the Darwin Plus funded project Climate change adaptation in the fisheries of Anguilla and Montserrat from …

Coral Vita website screenshot.
Climate Change

Coral Vita: Coral farming in The Bahamas

Gator Halpern, UN Environment’s 2018 Young Champion of the Earth for Latin America and the Caribbean, is working with his company Coral Vita to build the world’s first commercial land-based coral farm, in The Bahamas. Coral Vita’s approach differs from most coral restoration projects in that it uses land-based coral …

Photograph of the Belize Barrier Reef from the International Space Station. Image: Jeff Williams (NASA).
Biodiversity

Working to build climate change resilience for the Belize Barrier Reef

Marine and climate scientists from Columbia University’s Earth Institute and the World Wildlife Fund are working to protect the Belize Barrier Reef, and the entire Meso American Barrier Reef System, from the effects of climate change: Warm-water coral reefs—composed of stony corals, algae, and other organisms—are classified as a “unique …

Biodiversity

New conservation approaches can help to alleviate impacts of climate warming for sea turtles

Research from St. Eustatius suggests that new, and relatively simple, conservation methods can help reduce some of the negative effects of climate change on sea turtle populations:  In the article published by Scientific Reports, a range of experiments were conducted between 2012 and 2017 in St Eustatius Marine Park in …

PET bottle nursery house. Image: via UNDP
Agriculture

Schools in Suriname grow vegetables in nursery houses made from plastic bottles

Eight thousand discarded plastic bottles were repurposed in a sustainable agriculture project that involved four primary schools in the Commewijne district of Suriname: This project titled: “Everyday food: Growing Vegetables No Matter What Weather” educated the children in protected agriculture by providing nurseries constructed from discarded PET- bottles. This made the …