Masked Booby on Redonda. Image: Ed Marshall via Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment
Biodiversity

Removal of invasive alien species revitalizes Redonda

Just over a year ago, work began in Antigua and Barbuda to remove invasive alien species from Redonda, an offshore island that previously had the appearance of a barren rock jutting out of the ocean.  A recent post on the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Environment’s website describes the remarkable …

Sargassum in Antigua and Barbuda. Image: via Phikwe Goodwin/Antigua Sargassum Seaweed Observations
Oceans

Call for expressions of interest for sargassum seaweed removal in Antigua and Barbuda

The government of Antigua and Barbuda is inviting expressions of interest for the supply of equipment and machinery for the cost-effective removal of sargassum at sea and on beaches: During the past 5 years Antigua & Barbuda has been negatively impacted by the influx Sargassum seaweed on the beaches, threatening both …

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 …

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 …

Sea turtle, Antigua and Barbuda. Image: Todd Wiggins.
Biodiversity

Turtle-friendly lights installed along nesting beach in Antigua

Sea turtles in Antigua are a little bit safer, thanks to lobbying by the Antigua Sea Turtle Project and action by the Antigua Public Utilities Authority: Red turtle-friendly lights at Darkwood Beach!!! After 10 years of lobbying, the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has responded, replacing the former white lights …

Damaged solar panels on October 10, 2017, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via RMI
Climate Change

Recommendations for designing and building hurricane-resilient solar photovoltaic systems

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently published Solar Under Storm, a report which addresses the question of why some solar photovoltaic (PV) survive hurricanes virtually unscathed, while others suffer extensive damage: The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction …

Frigatebirds, Codrington Lagoon, Barbuda. Image: Sailing Nomad.
Biodiversity

Frigatebirds return to Barbuda

After the devastation of Hurricane Irma in 2017, most of Barbuda’s frigatebird population disappeared from the island’s Codrington Lagooon, which is said to be the second-largest frigatebird nesting site outside the Galapagos. The BBC reports that frigatebirds have begun returning to Barbuda: The aptly named magnificent frigatebirds are famed for …