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Styrofoam cup. Image: Alan Antiporda
Solid waste

Saint Lucia to ban the use of Styrofoam and plastic food service containers

Another Caribbean country has announced measures to phase out and ultimately prohibit single-use Styrofoam and plastics. From the St. Lucia Times: Saint Lucia plans to  phase-out  Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1, 2018, with a total ban on their importation before the end …

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Simera Crawford. Image: courtesy of Simera Crawford.
Innovation
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Green Antilles interview: Simera Crawford

Today’s Green Antilles interview is with Simera Crawford. Simera is the executive founder of the Caribbean Environmental Management Bureau, and the mastermind behind BitEgreen, an enterprise that aims to transform waste management in Barbados by using gamification as an incentive to recycling. Please explain to Green Antilles readers what BitEgreen …

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GWI officials at Kaituma river. Image: GWI via Stabroek News
Fisheries

High levels of mercury found in Kaituma River, Guyana; testing to begin at other sites soon

The Kaituma River was the principal source of potable water for residents of the Port Kaituma community, up until water testing revealed high levels of mercury contamination: Though surface water is the main source of water supply for the residents of Port Kaituma, Region One, the Guyana Water Incorporated has …

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Riverton fire. Image: via Mixx 102.
Air pollution

Calls for government agencies to face legal action over recurring landfill fires in Jamaica

Fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica have become a routine occurrence, and constitute a major threat to environmental quality, public health, and safety. A recent editorial in the Jamaica Gleaner calls for various government agencies to be held accountable for infringing on citizens’ right to a healthy environment: This newspaper endorses the …

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Gold mining. Image: Knut-Erik Helle
Fisheries

Mercury from illegal gold mining in Venezuela threatens Caribbean ecosystems

An alarming report by Jewel Fraser, writing for Seafood Source: A group of Venezuelan scientists and an investigative journalist told an audience of fellow scientists and journalists that, whereas in 2016 the Venezuelan government created the Orinoco Mining Arc National Strategic Development Zone, with the ostensible objective of inviting international …

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Cuba coast. Image: Alessandro Caproni
General

Green Antilles link roundup: August 11, 2018

Strengthening Cuban coastal landscape in the face of climate change — The Cuban authorities in the 1990s began to modify the management of coastal areas, which was accelerated with the implementation in 2017 of the first government plan to address climate change, better known as Life Task. Reinventing islands —The …

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Saint Lucia solar farm. Image: via Saint Lucia News Online
Energy

3MW solar farm officially opened in Saint Lucia

The first utility-scale renewable energy development in Saint Lucia was officially opened August 9, 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, former US President Bill Clinton, and former President of Costa Rica, José María Figueres. LoopTT reports on former President Clinton’s remarks at the …

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