Cuba coast. Image: Alessandro Caproni
General

Green Antilles link roundup: August 11, 2018

Strengthening Cuban coastal landscape in the face of climate change — The Cuban authorities in the 1990s began to modify the management of coastal areas, which was accelerated with the implementation in 2017 of the first government plan to address climate change, better known as Life Task. Reinventing islands —The …

Tortola, BVI. Image: Gail Frederick.
Energy

Post-Hurricane Irma, British Virgin Islands accelerate the move to renewable energy

In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the British Virgin Islands are looking to enhance their energy resilience and sustainability by turning to renewables: The British Virgin Islands (BVI) were plunged into darkness for six months when Irma, packing winds of 185 miles per hour (295 kph), uprooted electricity poles and …

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 …

The Seeds of Love Program encourages the youth of the British Virgin Islands to take part in helping restore the country’s natural beauty. Image by BVI Tourism Board of Tourism
Biodiversity

Seeds of Love: replanting the British Virgin Islands

Lonely Planet reports on the British Virgin Islands’ Seeds of Love tree replanting programme: It took just a few hours for the lush greens, towering coconut trees and vibrant hues of hibiscus flowers to be wiped away from the British Virgin Islands landscape. Category 5 Hurricane Irma made a direct …