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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 …

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After Irma on St. Martin. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Biodiversity

Trees heal from hurricanes by growing more efficient leaves

Research carried out in Puerto Rico’s dry forest after Hurricane Maria shows how trees recover after hurricanes by growing leaves that absorb light and carbon dioxide more efficiently: Some tree species heal from the ravages of hurricane damage by growing replacement leaves optimized for greater efficiency, according to a Clemson …

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Tropical Forest Restoration online course.
Biodiversity

Training opportunity: Online Certificate in Tropical Forest Landscapes

The Yale Environmental Leadership and Training Initiative, in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, has launched a new online certificate programme, Tropical Forest Landscapes: Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use: This yearlong program consists of four eight-week online courses, a capstone project and an optional field course in …

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Eagle Beach, Aruba. Image: Chris Ford
General

Green Antilles link roundup: January 6, 2019

Aruba’s Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort is the Caribbean’s first carbon-neutral resort — The resort has been a pioneer in sustainability in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. From organizing beach cleanups in the very early years, to installing energy efficient appliances and supporting turtle conservation programs, the resort knows the value …

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Seagrass (Thalassia testudinum). Image: James St. John.
Biodiversity

The value of nature: seagrass beds save beaches and money

The Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research reports on recent research, carried out in the Caribbean, that shows how seagrass saves beaches and money by preventing erosion and reducing the need for artificial beach nourishment: Seagrass beds are so effective in protecting tropical beaches from erosion, that they can reduce …

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John "Ricky" Wilson. Image: courtesy Ricky Wilson
Interview

Green Antilles interview: Ricky Wilson

The first Green Antilles interview of 2019 is with John “Ricky” Wilson, a sustainable development professional who works mainly in Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean. Ricky’s extensive experience in the fields of environment and disaster risk reduction includes project management, advocacy, negotiation, and conflict resolution. In all his work, he …

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Geothermal exploration, Dominica. Image: Charles Jong via Caribbean News Service
Energy

Dominica to begin geothermal plant construction in 2019

The government of Dominica has announced its intention to break ground on a geothermal energy power plant by the third quarter of 2019. From Caribbean News Service: Energy Minister Ian Douglas said that the plant to be constructed in the Roseau Valley, on the outskirts of the capital, will be …

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