Conch and seagrass beds, Grand Bahama. Image: Dave Wilson
Biodiversity

For queen conch in the Bahamas, “time may be running out”

A recent article from Monga Bay analyses the worrying decline in populations of queen conch (Strombus gigas) in the Bahamas: It’s hard to adequately describe the importance of conch to the Bahamas. Conchs are ingrained in the culture; there are conch festivals, conch homecomings and conch-cracking competitions. On the Bahamian …

Sea level rise projections for Kingston, Jamaica. Image: Nickolay Lamm for Climate Central
Climate Change

Striking images illustrate Caribbean impacts of sea level rise

Via Climate Central, a series of science-based illustrations that demonstrate the impact that rising sea levels, resulting from climate change, could have on Caribbean cities: According to Climate Central: The first image in each pair … shows projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C …

Oil refinery, Aruba. Image: David Stanley
Oil and gas

Bahamas government approves oil refinery construction

Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Dr. Hubert Minnis, recently announced that the government has approved a proposal for construction of an oil refinery and storage facility in Grand Bahama. The Prime Minister said: “I am advised that Oban Energies Management team has been involved in large energy infrastructure projects around …

Flamingo in the Bahamas. Image credit: alexmerwin13.
Employment/Volunteering

Vacancy: Bahamian resort seeks Chief Flamingo Officer

Baha Mar Resort is looking for a new kind of CFO, a Chief Flamingo Officer: Baha Mar is conducting a local and global search to find the Chief Flamingo Officer, inviting candidates with a passion for wildlife, conservation, hospitality and the tropical environment of the Caribbean to apply. In this …

Piping plover. Image credit: Billtacular
Biodiversity

Canadian conservationists call for more protection of the piping plover in its Caribbean wintering grounds

Cross-border conservation cooperation is essential for the preservation of migratory species like the piping plover, which spends summers in North America and winters in the Caribbean. Canada’s CBC News reports that Canadian conservationists want more protection of the plover in its winter habitats: It’s a mystery with enormous consequences for …

Youth advocates from the Bahamas Plastic Movement. Image via the Bahamas Plastic Movement.
Solid waste

As a result of youth advocacy, The Bahamas will ban plastic bags

As a result of youth advocacy by members of the Bahamas Plastic Movement, the Minister of Environment has promised to ban plastic bags: The Hon. Romauld Ferreira, The Bahamas’ Minister of Environment and Housing, recently announced a plan to ban plastic bags in The Bahamas. The announcement came after a youth …

International Atomic Energy Agency
Hazardous Substances and Waste

International Atomic Energy Agency building Caribbean capacity to manage radioactive sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has been providing guidance and support to six Caribbean countries to enable them to better manage radiation sources: Through an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, and in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (US …