Saint Lucia solar installation. Image: Rocky Mountain Institute via New Energy Events
Energy
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Five renewable energy projects to watch in the Caribbean

New Energy Events highlights five Caribbean renewable energy projects they’re keeping an eye on. They are: Paradise Park, 37 MW Solar PV, Jamaica Developer: Eight Rivers Energy Company The largest solar plant in the Caribbean is exected to come online in mid-2018. At the time of signing, the 8.54 US …

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Energy

Swedish company Seabased to bring wave energy to the Caribbean

Seabased, a Swedish clean energy company that designs, builds and installs wave energy parks, has signed an agreeement to bring wave energy to the Caribbean: Bermuda General Agency Ltd. (BGA Ltd.) of Hamilton, Bermuda, has signed an agreement with Seabased AB of Lysekil, Sweden, to purchase two 20 MW wave …

Crooked-Acklins boa, Chilabothrus schwartzi. Image courtesy of UNC Asheville via Citizen Times
Biodiversity

Rare boa species rediscovered in The Bahamas

A rare species of boa snake—so rare that there were no previous reports of live specimens—has been “rediscovered” in The Bahamas: UNC Asheville assistant professor of biology Graham Reynolds has followed up his 2016 published discovery of the silver boa, Chilabothrus argentum, with the rediscovery of a species of boid …

Cat Cay, The Bahamas. Image: Daniel Piraino.
Biodiversity

Billion-dollar marine ecosystems in the Bahamas

According to a recent study, the value of the ecosystems services provided by marine protected areas in the Bahamas is more than 6 billion dollars: An evaluation of the marine protected areas in The Bahamas puts the economic value of ecosystem services in the billions of dollars and helps to …

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
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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 …