Hurricane damage, BVI. Image: Russell Watkins/DFID
Climate Change

Caribbean leaders call for President Trump to take climate change seriously

Caribbean leaders are trying to get the message across that climate change is a very real and present danger for the region. From Brinkwire:  Leaders from Caribbean islands are urging President Donald Trump to take climate change seriously before they disappear due to extreme weather conditions, according to reports.Hurricane season poses …

Punta Petrona, Puerto Rico. Image: via El Nuevo Día
Protected areas

Puerto Rico loses seven nature reserves

Via Repeating Islands, news that the government of Puerto Rico has rescinded protected areas designations for seven sites: El Nuevo Día (22 July 2018) reports that, Puerto Rico lost seven nature reserves on July 3, after Governor Ricardo Rosselló annulled their designation as protected areas; his Planning Board claimed that …

Solar Panel. Image: Marufish
Energy

Sunrun offering residential solar energy to Puerto Rico

US company Sunrun, has begun offering home solar and battery services in Puerto Rico: Sunrun Inc., a leading stateside residential solar, storage and energy services company, has begun offering solar-as-a-service and home batteries to households in Puerto Rico. Its Brightbox service manages household solar energy, storage and utility power with …

Haitian students plant trees to help local birds. Image: Société Écologique d’Haïti via BirdsCaribbean
Biodiversity

Bird festival inspires youth across the Caribbean

BirdsCaribbean media release — “We’re so excited to have an event in Haiti this year!” Ingrid Flores is delighted to add a new country to her map of events. She is the coordinator of the Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF). It is organized every year by BirdsCaribbean. Partners across the …

Damaged solar panels on October 10, 2017, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. Image: Jocelyn Augustino/FEMA via RMI
Climate Change

Recommendations for designing and building hurricane-resilient solar photovoltaic systems

The Rocky Mountain Institute recently published Solar Under Storm, a report which addresses the question of why some solar photovoltaic (PV) survive hurricanes virtually unscathed, while others suffer extensive damage: The 2017 hurricane season was one of the most active in history. Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria brought widespread destruction …

Puerto Rican crested toad. Image: US Fish and Wildlife Service via Wikipedia
Biodiversity

Detroit Zoo’s breeding programme boosts population of endangered Puerto Rican crested toad

Since 1995, the Detroit Zoo has been working, through a cooperative breeding programme, to preserve and grow populations of the critically endangered Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur). Recently the zoo sent over 11,000 tadpoles to Puerto Rico to help increase the toad population in the wild: Detroit Zoo officials …

Sargassum on a Tobago beach. Image: rjsinenomine
Uncategorized

Green Antilles link roundup: June 9, 2018

Tesla’s Musk: 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico — Energy storage and solar panel manufacturer Tesla has about 11,000 energy projects underway in Puerto Rico, CEO Elon Musk tweeted… Cutting maritime GHG emissions in focus at Jamaica workshop — Cutting greenhouse gas emissions from shipping and port operations were …