Green Antilles link roundup: June 9, 2018

Sargassum on a Tobago beach. Image: rjsinenomine
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Tesla’s Musk: 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto RicoEnergy storage and solar panel manufacturer Tesla has about 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk tweeted…

Cutting maritime GHG emissions in focus at Jamaica workshopCutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were in sharp focus at a recent workshop hosted by the Maritime Authority of Jamaica…

Sargassum Seaweed is Strangling the Caribbean Coasts, the Latest Example of Climate ChaosSeveral strong premises for the increasingly abundant and spreading mats of algal bloom exist within the scientific community. …many researchers are finding that warming ocean temperatures and an increased nutrient oceanic uptake from deforestation and industrial agricultural practices that utilize synthetic fertilizers are likely the leading causes of algal overgrowth…

Dominica signs US$65M loan agreement with World Bank for climate resilienceThe projects will include Emergency Agricultural Livelihood and Housing Recovery. Of that sum, US$25-million will go towards agriculture and US$40-million towards housing…

Climate Change Project upgrades Jamaican Agricultural Station for Caribbean Climate ResilienceThe upgraded seed storage facility will also house seeds of climate resilient plant varieties. In keeping with the mandate of the [Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience], work to be carried out under the MOU aims at building the resilience of local and regional agriculture to climate change impacts…

Lessons from the Other Side: Caribbean Farmers Tour JapanMore than twenty farmers and agricultural officers from 11 countries left the warmth of the Caribbean to tour Japan, with the hope of viewing transferable technologies….These practitioners found much to be hopeful for in the midst of the challenge climate change poses to the region…

In Jamaica, Canadian High Commission Supports Local ConservationFrom supporting community actions to taking stock of its own in-house operations, the Canadian High Commission has been helping Jamaica to realise environmental conservation…

Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica Launches US$40 million Energy Management and Efficiency ProgrammeThe primary objectives of EMEP are to reduce electricity and fuel consumption by improving energy efficiency in the public sector through retrofits at government facilities and the improvement of urban traffic management in order to shorten travel times… 

Hurricanes Expose Governments’ Decades of Negligence in Caribbean Climate Change PreparednessTheir stories are a snapshot of how climate change is not only eroding the coasts of these territories and other Caribbean islands, but actively destroying community life and economic activity in plain sight with little to no governmental action to protect citizens, according to a regional investigation by the Center for Investigative Journalism and half a dozen Caribbean media outlets…

Bahamas Environment Minister says Grand Bahama and several other islands face similar environmental problemsAlthough Grand Bahama has the unique distinction of being “the industrial capital of the Bahamas” which have caused significant pollution problems, Environment Minister Romauld Ferreira said there are other islands which have similar or more environmental hazards…

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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 …

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Biodiversity
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