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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 …

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Biodiversity

Conserving fish biodiversity helps protect coral reef health

Research from the Dominican Republic shows how greater fish biodiversity makes for healthier coral reefs: The health of coral reefs can be impacted as much by the diversity of fish that graze on them as by the amount of fish that do so, according to a new study by scientists …

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Interview

Green Antilles interview: Esther Wolfs

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with Esther Wolfs, an environmental economist who has worked across the Caribbean, from Bonaire to Belize to the Cayman Islands. She is the founder of Wolfs Company, a consulting company that focuses on incorporating the value of natural capital in decision-making for sustainable development. For …

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Oceans

Research finds that in the Caribbean, overseas territories are more vulnerable to coral bleaching than independent countries

According to a new study, independent Caribbean island countries tend to be less vulnerable to coral bleaching than overseas territories: “We were surprised to find that independent islands have lower social-ecological vulnerability than territories…. Territories — such as the Dutch islands of Sint Maarten and Saba — tend to be …

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Solid waste

Guyana to ban single-use plastics by 2021

The government of Guyana has confirmed its intention to implement a systematic ban on single-use plastics by 2021: Minister of State, Joseph Harmon … said “the work has already begun on sensitising our population to the fact that 2021 is the date we have identified for a ban on single-use …

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Stony coral tissue loss disease. Image: via US NOAA
Biodiversity
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Stony coral tissue loss disease spreads through the northern Caribbean

In recent weeks both St. Maarten and the US Virgin Islands have reported cases of stony coral tissue loss disease. The first incidence of stony coral tissue loss disease was recorded in 2014 in Miami-Dade county in Florida, and the disease has since spread south through the Florida Keys. Outbreaks …

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Energy

Government of Antigua and Barbuda signs ocean energy MoU

Media release — Swedish marine energy developer Minesto has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. Through a feasibility study, facilitated by the United Nations Office for Project Services, the parties will explore the possibilities of supplying the Eastern Caribbean with renewable ocean energy by Minesto’s technology. Minesto …

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