Hurricane damage, BVI. Image: Russell Watkins/DFID
Climate Change

Caribbean leaders call for President Trump to take climate change seriously

Caribbean leaders are trying to get the message across that climate change is a very real and present danger for the region. From Brinkwire:  Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports. Hurricane season …

Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference
Energy

Event: Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference 2018

The 2018 Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference will take place in the Cayman Islands on September 13 and 14.  Cayman News reports: Adrian Grenier, the TV star of Entourage who is now a United Nations Environment Programme Goodwill Ambassador, will be visiting the Cayman Islands next month as the keynote speaker …

Karen McDonald Gayle. Image: courtesy Karen McDonald Gayle
Biodiversity
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Green Antilles interview: Karen McDonald Gayle

The Green Antilles interview today is with Karen McDonald Gayle. Karen works with the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, helping to establish sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.   Please tell Green Antilles readers about yourself, your work as an environmental professional and what that work involves. My early work …

Caribbean reptile. Image: Mark Yokoyama
Biodiversity

The illegal online trade in Caribbean reptiles

Last year, conservation scientist Josh Noseworthy spent six weeks investigating illegal wildlife trade in the Caribbean, specifically in trade in reptiles. He documented his findings in an article for the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade: The Caribbean …  is a hotspot for reptile diversity. Although small in …

Redonda. Image: Lauren Delizia
General

Green Antilles link roundup: July 22, 2018

IUCN publishes new Guidelines for invasive species planning and management on islands — the guidelines aim to catalyse strategic planning and assist the rational prioritization of scarce resources for successful action against IAS. Barbados mulls offshore energy options — Barbados has opened a call for studies into the potential for offshore wind …

Nikola Simpson. Image: courtesy Nikola Simpson.
Interview
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Green Antilles interview: Nikola Simpson

Today’s Green Antilles interviewee is Nikola Simpson, a Barbadian environmental and oceans advocate. Nikola, a Highly Commended Runner-Up for the 2018 Queen’s Young Leader Award, is a marine biologist and coastal manager by training. She is Director of Slow Fish Barbados and runs her own environmental sustainability consulting business, Caribbean …

Drip. Image: Paul B
Climate Change

Rainwater harvesting for water security in the Caribbean

From The Conversation, an article about how the potential for rainwater harvesting, using a new ferrocement tank design and biosand filters, could enhance  water security and climate resilience in the Caribbean: [V]ery few Caribbean countries have taken action to implement rainwater harvesting on any significant scale. In Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, …