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 …

Sugarcane fields in Cuba. Image credit: lezumbalaberenjena
Energy

Cuba aims for energy independence

“The right path for Cuba is the sun, energy independence is national independence.” A firm statement from Rossel Guerra, head of Cuba’s renewable energy directorate, as he recently outlined Cuba’s sustainable energy targets: Cuba established a commitment to stop emitting 6 million tons of carbon dioxide per year into the atmosphere, …

Wind turbines, Cuba. Image credit: Maxence
Energy
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Construction underway on 101 MW windfarm in Cuba

Chinese news site the Global Times reports on the development of Cuba’s largest wind farm: Chinese technologies are helping Cuba, as the country aims to become one of the more than 100 countries and regions that will meet their energy demand with renewable sources like wind, water or sunlight by …

Havana, Cuba. Image credit: Pedro Szekely
Climate Change

Cuba embarks on a long-term climate resilience plan

The impacts of Hurricane Irma in 2017 have lent urgency to Cuba’s national climate change adaptation plan, known as Tarea Vida or Project Life: On its deadly run through the Caribbean last September, Hurricane Irma lashed northern Cuba, inundating coastal settlements and scouring away vegetation. The powerful storm dealt Havana …