Wigton WInd Farm, Jamaica. Image: via Panoramio
Energy

Jamaica is a renewable energy leader in the Caribbean

The Jamaica Gleaner reports on Jamaica’s progress towards its 2030 renewable energy goals: Jamaica is now developing its renewable-energy potential at a leading pace among its Caribbean neighbours with support from private investment, says David Delaire, managing director, Germany-based MPC Capital.This is demonstrated by its 170 megawatts of installed generating …

Eleuthera, the Bahamas. Image: Cameron Khan
General
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Green Antilles link roundup: December 9, 2018

Bahamas committed to marine protection goals — The Bahamas remains committed to setting aside 20 percent of its territorial waters as Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) by 2020, a Cabinet minister has confirmed. … “This would represent 43 newly-proposed marine protected areas, covering more than 8.1m acres of clear, blue ocean.” Caribbean urged …

Guaiacum officinale, an endangered Caribbean plant. Image: via Wikipedia
Biodiversity

Caribbean scientists receive training in endangered species assessment

Scientists from six Caribbean countries recently participated in a training course in The Bahamas on how to assess potentially threatened and endangered species for classification on the IUCN Red List: Fourteen Bahamian and eight Caribbean experts took part in a week of training in Nassau on how to assess threatened …

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 …