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Wind turbines, Cuba. Image credit: Maxence
Energy
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Construction underway on 101 MW windfarm in Cuba

Chinese news site the Global Times reports on the development of Cuba’s largest wind farm: Chinese technologies are helping Cuba, as the country aims to become one of the more than 100 countries and regions that will meet their energy demand with renewable sources like wind, water or sunlight by …

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Sustainable Energy for SIDS. Image via SE4SIDS.ORG
Energy

Free e-learning course: Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States

A free e-learning course on Sustainable Energy for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) is being offered by the Centre of Excellence (COE) for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States in collaboration with Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Hamburg Open Online University: Free online course “Sustainable Energy …

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Oil rig. Image credit: Marianne Muegenburg Cothern
Oil and gas
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Oil, the environment, and the Caribbean

A thought-provoking article from David Jessop about the environmental risks of petroleum exploration and extraction in the Caribbean: For some time now, small but very active national environmental organisations with popular support have been arguing that the region’s fragile eco-system, its bio-diversity, as well as its dependence on tourism, do …

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1.5 to stay alive. Image via 1point5.info
Climate Change

UN draft reports says 1.5 global warming goal is “very unlikely” but doable

1.5 to stay alive has been the climate change rallying cry of the Caribbean and other small island developing states even before it became an official target under the Paris Agreement. A draft UN report says that the goal of keeping global temperature increases below 1.5 ºCelsius is unlikely to be …

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Sewage outfall. Image credit: Steve Spring | Marine Photobank
Water and sanitation
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Sewage crisis in Barbados

Coverage from Global Voices of ongoing sewage problems in Barbados: The unthinkable has happened to one of the Caribbean’s most popular destinations — and it has struck at the height of tourist season. 2018 began with a sewage leak — which the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) called a “crisis” — seeping …

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Collecting soil samples in Dominica. Image via Dominica Vibes.
Agriculture

Soil mapping project begins in Dominica

Earlier this month, agencies in Dominica began work on a project to develop a national soil map: The Project Coordination Unit (PCU) of the Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR)/Disaster Vulnerability Reduction Project (DVRP) under the Ministry of Health and Environment, held the inaugural mission for the commencement of the …

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Non-traditional crop production, Guyana. Image via Guyana Chronicle
Agriculture
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Guyanese farmers excited about the prospects of non-traditional crops

With support from the National Agricultural Research and Extension Institute (NAREI), farmers in Guyana are expanding their production of non-traditional food crops: [F]armers Shawn Wynter and Tenogney Rambarose are excited about the prospects of their non-traditional crops at their respective farms in the East Berbice-Corentyne village. One of the farmers …

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