Styrofoam cup. Image: Alan Antiporda
Solid waste

Saint Lucia to ban the use of Styrofoam and plastic food service containers

Another Caribbean country has announced measures to phase out and ultimately prohibit single-use Styrofoam and plastics. From the St. Lucia Times: Saint Lucia plans to  phase-out  Styrofoam food service containers and plastics, both plates and cups, beginning December 1, 2018, with a total ban on their importation before the end …

Saint Lucia solar farm. Image: via Saint Lucia News Online
Energy

3MW solar farm officially opened in Saint Lucia

The first utility-scale renewable energy development in Saint Lucia was officially opened August 9, 2018. The opening ceremony was attended by Saint Lucian Prime Minister Allen Chastanet, former US President Bill Clinton, and former President of Costa Rica, José María Figueres. LoopTT reports on former President Clinton’s remarks at the …

Solar Panel. Image: Alberto Martinez
Energy

CARILEC provides training in solar photovoltaic systems

The Caribbean Electric Utility Services Corporation (CARILEC) recently delivered training to assist participants from three Caribbean countries in becoming certified in the operation and management of solar photovoltaic power systems: The course, officially entitled “Certified Solar Photovoltaic Systems Training Level 1” commenced on July 9, 2018 at the CARILEC Building, …

Bird on flower, Saint Lucia. Image: Harry and Rowena Kennedy
Biodiversity

Climate change is an imminent threat to Saint Lucia’s biodiversity

Inter Press Service reports on the need for urgent action to save Saint Lucia’s biodiversity from the devastating effects of climate change, which are exacerbated by a lack of care for the environment: Wildlife conservationists consider it to be one of the most striking parrots of its kind. Saint Lucia’s …

Installation of solar photovoltaic power system on the public residence of the Governor-General, Government House, in Saint Lucia. Image: via OECS Commission
Energy

OECS Commission and Solar Head of State sign agreement for installation of solar PV power system on government buildings

The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission and Solar Head of State have signed a memorandum of understanding to catalyse the adoption of renewable energy to power public buildings in OECS member countries: The OECS Commission and Solar Head of State (SHOS), a non-profit association working with governments to …

Fishers in Barbados. Image: georg_neu
Climate Change

FAO helping Eastern Caribbean fisherfolk adapt to climate change

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) is implementing the Climate Change Adaptation of the Eastern Caribbean Fisheries Sector Project (CC4FISH) with the aim of increasing resilience and reducing vulnerability to climate change impacts in the Eastern Caribbean fisheries sector. A workshop on climate change adaptation and …

Landscape, Barbados. Image: OakleyOriginals
Agriculture

FAO, Mexico to assist Caribbean countries with climate resilient agriculture

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations and the government of Mexico have established a fund to help fourteen Caribbean countries leverage additional financial support to make their agricultural systems more climate resilient: Fourteen countries from the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) have agreed to boost their resilience and …