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Breadfruit Tree. Image: Monica.
Agriculture

Guyana to expand breadfruit cultivation

Guyana continues to diversify its agricultural sector, this time by increasing national cultivation of breadfruit: Within the next two years, at least 30 acres of lands in Regions Four, Five, Seven and 10 would be dedicated to breadfruit cultivation in an effort to promote food security and value addition, Dr. …

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Ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Paria, Trinidad and Tobago. Image: Fishermen and Friends of the Sea Trinidad and Tobago
Oil and gas

Oil spills in Trinidad and Tobago’s Gulf of Paria

On July 6, 2018, the Trinidad and Tobago Guardian reported an oil and gas well rupture in the Gulf of Paria: Fishermen are bracing for losses after an abandoned oil well ruptured in the Gulf of Paria, shooting emissions of oil and gas 40 feet up from the seabed. Up …

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Installation of solar photovoltaic power system on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House, in Saint Lucia. Image: via OECS Commission
Energy

OECS Commission and Solar Head of State sign agreement for installation of solar PV power system on government buildings

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and Solar Head of State have signed a memorandum of understanding to catalyse the adoption of renewable energy to power public buildings in OECS member countries: The OECS Commission and Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit association working with governments to …

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Oil refinery, St. Croix, USVI. Image: via Caribbean News Now
Oil and gas

USVI Governor signs deal to reopen oil refinery

The island of St. Croix was once home to one of the largest oil refineries in the world. The refinery was closed in 2012, but plans are afoot for it to be refurbished and for oil refining operations to restart on St. Croix as early as 2019: US Virgin Islands …

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Fishers in Barbados. Image: georg_neu
Climate Change

FAO helping Eastern Caribbean fisherfolk adapt to climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH) with the aim of increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector. A workshop on climate change adaptation and …

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Electric car charging station. Image: Kārlis Dambrāns
Energy

Barbados government considers greater use of electric vehicles

The government of Barbados is considering expanding the use of electric vehicles in its fleet, including for public transport: Minister of Energy Wilfred Abrahams said Government was seriously considering more energy efficient options to address the shortage of vehicles at the state-run Transport Board and the Sanitation Service Authority. In …

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Coral reef, St. Kitts and Nevis. Image: Björn Stude
Biodiversity

Marine biodiversity assessment in St. Kitts and Nevis

A brief report on the findings so far of a marine biodiversity survey being carried out in St. Kitts and Nevis: The Department of Environment (DoE) and the Department of Marine Resources (DMR) in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Conserving Biodiversity Project …

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