Solar panels, Abu Dhabi. Image credit: gordontour
Energy
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United Arab Emirates provides funding for renewable energy development in the Caribbean

At the recently concluded 8th Assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) the United Arab Emirates announced its continued funding support for renewable energy development in the Caribbean: The UAE-Caribbean Renewable Energy Fund, valued at AED183.6 million (US$50 million), has launched its second funding cycle by establishing partnerships with …

Soufriere volcano, St. VIncent. Image credit: UWI Seismic Research Centre
Energy
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European Union and Caribbean Development Bank support geothermal energy development in the Eastern Caribbean

The European Union and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are partnering to provide grant funding to enable the development of 60MW of geothermal energy capacity in Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines: The project … will help geothermal energy development in the …

Desecheo Anole found only on Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico. Photo by Tommy Hall. Copyright: Island Conservation
Biodiversity
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Removal of invasive alien species from offshore islands in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic leads to a rebound in endemic species populations

Island Conservation, an international organization dedicated to preventing species extinctions by removing invasive species from islands, reports that two of its biggest successes of 2017 were in the Caribbean: Desecheo Island, Puerto Rico After more than a decade of conservation intervention, Desecheo National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is once again safe …