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International Atomic Energy Agency building Caribbean capacity to manage radioactive sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has been providing guidance and support to six Caribbean countries to enable them to better manage radiation sources: Through an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, and in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (US …

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Starfish Market produce clerk Leslie Lambertis and Josephine Roller put a fresh bag of St. John-grown greens on the shelf.. Image via the St. John Source.
Agriculture

Coral Bay Organic Gardens in St. John, USVI, is making a post-Irma comeback

To close the day, an inspirational story from the St. John Source about the post-hurricane recovery of the Coral Bay Organic Gardens/Josephine’s Greens: Discerning shoppers at Starfish Market on St. John were thrilled this week to see the first delivery of Josephine’s Greens since Hurricane Irma. “I’m so excited. I …

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Energy

Event: 2018 Annual Caribbean Energy Conference – January 25 – 26, Nassau, Bahamas

The 18th Annual Caribbean Energy Conference is scheduled to take place January 25 and 26 in Nassau, Bahamas. The agenda includes a session on renewable energy, including speakers from the Caribbean Community Secretariat, the Commission of the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States, the Inter-American Development Bank, and Enviva, which is …

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Johanan Dujon. Image credit: Johanan Dujon
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Saint Lucian Johanan Dujon turns sargassum seaweed into organic fertilizer

Young Saint Lucia entrepreneur Johanan Dujon has started what has been described as “the Caribbean’s first indigenous agriculture biotech company“, turning sargassum seaweed into fertilizer. From Caribbean Beat: Last year, Dujon was a presenter at the Earth Optimism Summit organised by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC. The inaugural event …

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Cock-of-the-rock (Rupicola rupicola). Image credit: Bernard Dupont
Biodiversity

Grant Opportunity: Neotropical Bird Club Conservation Fund

The Neotropical Bird Club (NBC) awards grants of $1,500, $3,000 and $5,000 (US dollars) for bird conservation work or research in the Caribbean, Mesoamerica, and South America: The NBC Conservation Awards Programme invites applications for one of three categories of award the Club is able to offer: Small grants – …

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Energy

European Union supports renewable energy development in Barbados

Barbados has received €1.12 million ($1.35 million) from the European Union towards the advancement of energy self-sufficiency from renewable resources: This is the first payment of a total contribution of €3 million ($3.6 million). This activity is in line with the country’s commitment to the United Nations Framework Convention on …

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Green Sea Turtle (Chelonia mydas). Image credit: Kris-Mikael Krister
Biodiversity

Rising temperatures are turning green turtle eggs female

Recently published research from Australia shows that rising temperatures are affecting the nesting populations of green turtles on the Great Barrier Reef, causing them to produce offspring that are 99% female: Rising temperatures are turning almost all green sea turtles in a Great Barrier Reef population female, new research has …

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