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Fresh produce, Guyana. Kevin Nellies / © Commonwealth Secretariat.
Agriculture

Guyana to begin testing local produce for chemical residues

Guyana will soon have the capacity to test locally-grown fruit and vegetables for pesticides and other chemical residues. This will improve Guyana’s access to international markets, as well as benefiting local consumers: In an effort to ensure that foods consumed by Guyanese are wholesome and healthy, the Pesticides and Toxic …

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3000 plastic bags. Image credit: Alan
Solid waste
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Reducing plastic bag use in Jamaica: ban or fee?

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has recently completed an assessment of two policy options—imposing a ban vs. applying a tax/fee—for reducing the use (and subsequent disposal) of plastic bags in Jamaica (where plastic carrier bags are also known as “scandal bags”). Their key findings and recommendations: Both methods examined  have disrupted …

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Beach Garbage: Image credit: John Schneider.
Solid waste
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Volunteers remove more than 70 tons of garbage from Jamaica’s coastline

On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, nearly 10,000 volunteers helped to collect over 72 metric tons of garbage from Jamaica’s beaches and coasts. The Jamaica Observer reports: A record 160,628 pounds of garbage, including nearly 300,000 plastic beverage bottles, was collected from beaches across the island on International Coastal Cleanup …

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Wind turbines, Aruba. Image: Robert R Gigliotti
Energy

Barbadian economist urges greater uptake of renewable energy technologies

Barbadian economist Dr. DeLisle Worrell believes that the Caribbean has been too slow in taking advantage of the renewable energy sector: Delivering the inaugural Confucius lecture at the Errol Barrow Centre for Creative Imagination on Wednesday night, former Governor of the Central Bank of Barbados Dr DeLisle Worrell pointed out …

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Bouillante geothermal plant, Guadeloupe. Image © OECS.
Energy
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Geothermal energy “holds real promise” for the Eastern Caribbean

In an article on the London School of Economics website, Judith Ephraim of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission, writes about the prospects for geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean region: Though there is currently just one operational geothermal plant in the Caribbean, on the French island …

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Coral close-up. Image credit: Mathias Appel
Oceans

Coral bleaching has become the new normal

A recently published study reveals that mass coral bleaching is occuring with increasing regularity, posing a major threat to marine ecosystems and the lives they support: A new study published in the journal Science reveals that such events occurred just once every 25-30 years in the early 1980s, but that …

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Saba, Netherlands Antilles. Image credit: Richie Diesterheft
Energy

Licences granted for geothermal exploration on Saba, St. Eustatius

Think GeoEnergy reports that French geothermal developer Teranov has secured two geothermal exploration licenses on the Caribbean islands of Saba and St Eustatius: [Teranov] has been recently granted geothermal exploratory licenses by the Executive Councils of Saba and of St Eustatius, two small islands in the Caribbean Netherlands. These exclusive permits …

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