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 …

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 …

Grand Cayman mangroves. Image via Cayman Islands Department of Environment
Biodiversity

Public consultations on mangrove conservation in the Cayman Islands

As World Mangrove Day 2018 draws to a close, our final piece of mangrove-related news for the day comes from the Cayman Islands, where several proposals intended to strengthen protection for mangrove ecosystems have been presented to the public for review and feedback. These include three new protected area nominations. …

Cayman coral reef. Image: Acquarius Sea Tours
Oceans

Interns document their reef conservation research in the Cayman Islands

Writing at National Geographic’s Open Explorer platform, seven interns from universities in North America are documenting their experiences doing coral reef conservation projects at the Central Caribbean Marine Institute in the Cayman Islands: We are a group of student interns working on a variety of research projects focused on the …

Solar panels. Image: Emily
Energy

Caymanian company to provide Antigua and Barbuda with renewable energy systems

The government of Antigua and Barbuda has signed a contract with Caymanian company GreenTech Solar for the installation of renewable energy systems that will provide about 10% of the country’s energy needs: A Cayman Islands solar company has signed a US$20 million deal to bring renewable energy to a small …

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Energy

Renewable energy use increases in Grand Cayman

Grand Cayman’s chief electricity supplier reports that in the first quarter of 2018, their use of renewable energy has increased 250% over the same period last year: As Caribbean Utilities Company published its financial results for the first quarter of 2018 this week, Grand Cayman’s power provider has also revealed …

Nassau Grouper. Image credit: Stephanie Archer, Oregon State University
Biodiversity

Scientists use facial recognition technology to track grouper populations in the Cayman Islands

Scientists in the Cayman Islands recently began using facial recognition technology to monitor Nassau grouper (Epinephelus striatus) during their spawning season: The methods used to count the grouper at aggregation sites have become ever more sophisticated. This year, scientists used a mix of “floy tagging” – counting the prevalence of …