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 …

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, Cuba. Image: rparsons86
Biodiversity

How low-input agriculture helps Cuba’s coral reefs stay healthy

The key takeaway from this bioGraphic article is “Every decision you make on land affects the ocean as well.” Especially for islands: [W]hen the Soviet bloc fell in the early 90s, it abruptly turned off the spigot for Cuba’s sugar subsidies and regular shipments of food, gasoline, farming equipment, synthetic fertilizers, …

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), …

The Chargé d´Affaire of Cuba in Austria, Marieta García Jordán, and the general director of that entity, Suleiman Jasir Al-Herbish, signed the document. Image via Prensa Latina
Energy

OPEC Fund for International Development co-finances solar power project in Cuba

Cuba and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) have signed a financing agreement for a project to increase Cuba’s solar power generation capacity and optimize the country’s electricity system, including through the use of domestic photovoltaic elements and solar water heaters for industrial and household use: The Director-General of …

Migratory shorebirds like Ruddy Turnstones and Sanderlings rely on Caribbean beaches and wetlands for a safe haven during migration and overwintering.. Image credit: Max Schwenne.
Biodiversity

Battered Caribbean Islands Come Together to Welcome Birds Back

BirdsCaribbean Media Release — The fall of 2017 was hard for the Caribbean. Hurricanes beat on our islands, destroying homes, toppling trees and darkening cities. The storms hurt both people and nature, damaging forests, wetlands, and the animals that live in them. Despite these tests, bird fans across the region …

American researcher David Sherman in Cuba. Image via University of Michigan
Biodiversity

US-Cuba collaboration on marine natural products research

From the University of Michigan, a story of research collaboration between scientists from the USA and Cuba.  American researcher David Sherman, supported by graduate student Amy Fraley, specializes in research into natural products, and has been building relationship with scientists in Cuba: Sherman’s research program studies the complex biological compounds …