Ciego de Ávila Meteorological Center. Image via: radiomoron.cu
Climate Change

Cuban meteorological centre to provide training for CARICOM scientists and researchers

The Cuban government will be organizing training in disaster risk reduction for scientists, researchers and specialists from the Caribbean Community. The training will be delivered at the recently inaugurated Meteorological Centre in Ciego de Ávila: The weather center in this Cuban province will train specialists from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), …

Walmart facility, Ponce, Puerto Rico. Image: Walmart Corporation
Climate Change

How climate change poses a challenge to the Caribbean’s renewable energy transition

Writing for The Conversation, Masaō Ashtine, lecturer at the University of the West Indies’ Mona Campus, discusses the opportunities and challenges for a Caribbean renewable energy drive in the face of global climate change: Puerto Rico lost electricity again on April 18, seven months after Hurricane Maria first knocked out …

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Energy

CARICOM countries to phase out the use of incandescent light bulbs

At a recent meeting, Caribbean Community (CARICOM) ministers of energy took a decision to phase out the use of incandescent light bulbs in all CARICOM member countries: As the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) moves to become more energy efficient, steps are being taken to phase out the use of incandescent bulbs. …

Coral reef, Dominica. Image: Thomas Jundt
Biodiversity
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Research from the Eastern Caribbean shows that marine protected areas benefit coral reefs

Recently published research indicates that, contrary to the findings of previous studies, marine protected areas can increase coral reefs’ resilience to major ecosystems disturbances such as climate change: Reports in recent years that marine protected areas (MPAs) aren’t effective in saving coral reefs from the damaging effects of global climate …

Climate Change

How the Caribbean can lead in disaster preparedness

Writing at Devex, Magda Theodate suggests five things Caribbean countries to do to set global benchmarks for disaster preparedness and recovery: Since experts warn of more frequent and powerful storms in the coming years, it’s important to quickly identify lessons learned from recent disasters, and implement improvements that not only …

One of the new fish species discovered in the Caribbean deep reefs. Image: Carole Baldwin, Smithsonian
Biodiversity

New fish species discovered in the Caribbean’s “rariphotic” ocean zones

Researchers at the Smithsonian Institute’s Deep Reef Observation Project (DROP) and the University of Washington have discovered several new deep reef fish species in the Caribbean: University of Washington scientists are joining the Smithsonian to identify fish in deep reefs that are still a total mystery. Preliminary work suggest that one-third …

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Climate Change

Caribbean Tourism Organization launches climate resilience awareness campaign

The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has recently launched a regional awareness campaign with a focus on climate resilience and sustainability: “The Caribbean tourism product is to a large extent based on the natural environment, and as such CTO and our member countries are committed to safeguarding these resources on which …