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 …

Landscape, Barbados. Image: OakleyOriginals
Agriculture

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …

CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year 2017, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman. Image: via CARICOM Today
Energy
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CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year: Suriname’s Hannah Olmberg-Soesman

Hannah Olmberg-Soesman of Suriname was recently declared the 2017 CARICOM Energy Personality of the Year. Ms. Olmberg-Soesman won the award for her work introducing off-grid solar systems to remote rural communities in Suriname: A dynamic entrepreneur with a background in social work and a degree in law, Hannah Olmberg-Soesman has …

Solid waste

Antigua and Barbuda to impose heavy penalties for littering

Antigua and Barbuda’s Minster of Health and the Environment has announced that revised anti-littering laws will impose severe penalties on violators: Health Minister Molwyn Joseph has announced the most “advanced” litter act currently in the draft stage which will see jail sentences imposed on offenders. Joseph made the announcement in …

Saint Lucia solar installation. Image: Rocky Mountain Institute via New Energy Events
Energy
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Five renewable energy projects to watch in the Caribbean

New Energy Events highlights five Caribbean renewable energy projects they’re keeping an eye on. They are: Paradise Park, 37 MW Solar PV, Jamaica Developer: Eight Rivers Energy Company The largest solar plant in the Caribbean is exected to come online in mid-2018. At the time of signing, the 8.54 US …

Coral Reef Early Warning System. Image via: Caribbean News Service
Biodiversity

Coral reef early warning systems deployed in the Eastern Caribbean

As part of a Climate Change Adaptation Project funded by the United States Agency for International Development, coral reef early warning systems (CREWS) are being deployed in the waters of Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, and other countries of the eastern Caribbean: Access to local marine data has always …