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 …

Solar Park, St. Eustatius. Image: via St. Maarten Daily Herald
Energy

Green energy advances on Bonaire, Saba, and Statia

From the St Maarten Daily Herald, a report on sustainable energy initiatives on the Dutch Caribbean islands of Bonaire, Saba, and St. Eustatius: St. Eustatius and Saba are doing well in the area of generating energy in a sustainable manner. In St. Eustatius 46 per cent of the electricity is …

Caribbean reef sharks. Image: Alfonso González
Biodiversity

St. Eustatius celebrates sharks

This week is Shark Week in St. Eustatius: “Sharks are magnificent creatures, yet their image has received a bad press,” says Jessica Berkel. And she should know. Berkel is Marine Park Manager with St. Eustatius National Parks (Stenapa) Foundation. On Saturday she launched Shark Week 2018 with a presentation about …

Lesser Antillean Iguana. Image: Ashley Coates
Biodiversity

Dutch Prime Minister escorts Lesser Antillean iguanas to their new home in the Netherlands

Four endangered iguanas got first-class treatment on a trip from St. Eustatius to the Rotterdam Blijdorp Zoo: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte had some unlikely companions flying home Tuesday from the Caribbean — four lesser Antillean iguanas carrying the hopes of their endangered species with them. And because the politician’s …

Youth and environment

Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute hosts Grenadian Youth Ambassador for Nature

The Caribbean Netherlands Science Institute (CNSI), based in St. Eustatius, recently hosted their third Youth Ambassador for Nature, Tara Francis of Grenada. The Youth Ambassador for Nature Programme is part of on ongoing CNSI project to raise awareness about nature and its importance: Following the successes of previous ambassadors from …

Saba, Netherlands Antilles. Image credit: Richie Diesterheft
Energy

Licences granted for geothermal exploration on Saba, St. Eustatius

Think GeoEnergy reports that French geothermal developer Teranov has secured two geothermal exploration licenses on the Caribbean islands of Saba and St Eustatius: [Teranov] has been recently granted geothermal exploratory licenses by the Executive Councils of Saba and of St Eustatius, two small islands in the Caribbean Netherlands. These exclusive permits …