Jamaica iguana. Image: Tomás Del Coro
Biodiversity

Volunteers wanted: Jamaican Iguana research

The International Iguana Foundation is looking for volunteers to track Jamaican iguanas (Cyclura collei): The International Iguana Foundation is seeking two motivated undergraduate, or preferably graduate students, interested in radio-tracking Jamaican Iguanas or the invasive mammals that are the primary threat to the iguanas, in Jamaica. These data will be …

Solar panels, Haiti. Image via: CDC Global
Energy

Lack of international investment in Haiti’s renewable energy sector

HaitiLibre reports that data from the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) shows that there was an absence of foreign direct investment in Haiti’s renewable energy sector in 2017: The latest report of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on Foreign Direct Investment …

The Jamaica Inn
Biodiversity

Tourism and conservation connect at Jamaica Inn

Travel Weekly highlights the Jamaica Inn and the work that’s being done there to conserve and restore coral reefs: As a child growing up in Jamaica, Belinda Morrow remembers snorkeling amid large schools of neon-colored fish nibbling on healthy coral just beyond the white sand beaches of Ocho Rios.Now 55, …

Riverton fire. Image: via Mixx 102.
Air pollution
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Calls for government agencies to face legal action over recurring landfill fires in Jamaica

Fires at the Riverton landfill in Jamaica have become a routine occurrence, and constitute a major threat to environmental quality, public health, and safety. A recent editorial in the Jamaica Gleaner calls for various government agencies to be held accountable for infringing on citizens’ right to a healthy environment: This newspaper endorses the …

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 …

Karen McDonald Gayle. Image: courtesy Karen McDonald Gayle
Biodiversity
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Green Antilles interview: Karen McDonald Gayle

The Green Antilles interview today is with Karen McDonald Gayle. Karen works with the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund, helping to establish sustainable financing for biodiversity conservation in the Caribbean.   Please tell Green Antilles readers about yourself, your work as an environmental professional and what that work involves. My early work …

Drip. Image: Paul B
Climate Change

Rainwater harvesting for water security in the Caribbean

From The Conversation, an article about how the potential for rainwater harvesting, using a new ferrocement tank design and biosand filters, could enhance  water security and climate resilience in the Caribbean: [V]ery few Caribbean countries have taken action to implement rainwater harvesting on any significant scale. In Haiti’s Artibonite Valley, …