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USVI going Solar

The Caribbean journal reports on an agreement signed this week for a large-scale solar power project in the US Virgin Islands The US Virgin Islands Water and Power Authority (WAPA) has signed solar power and purchase and interconnection agreements with three companies to provide energy for the territory. Governor John de Jongh and officials attended a signing […]

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Vacancy: Spatial and Environmental Data Specialist at the University of the Virgin Islands, St.Thomas

The University of the Virgin islands has a vacancy within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies (CMES). The successful candidate will provide technical support for a new environmental data institute. The candidate will be responsible for processing and enacting QA/QC on data collected by researchers at CMES and collected from external sources or collaborators; […]

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The challenges and successes of greening a Caribbean regatta

St Maarten Heineken Regatta

Sailors for the Sea reports on what the organizers of the recently held St. Maarten Heineken Regatta have been doing to make the Regatta cleaner and greener: [T]he best part of [the event] for us at Sailors for the Sea has been watching the regatta step up their Clean Regattas certification to the Silver level […]

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Video: How to kill a coral reef: Lessons from the Caribbean (and hope for the future)

A talk given by marine biologist Robert Steneck, based on over 30 years of research in Caribbean locations including the US Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Belize and Bonaire.

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Testing continues to assess prevalence of ciguatera toxin in lionfish in the Caribbean

News from Cayman about a project to evaluate the risk of ciguatera poisoning associated with lionfish consumption: A study to determine if Cayman’s lionfish carry the toxin that causes ciguatera poisoning is under way, but so far there have been no reports of humans contracting the illness from eating the invasive species. Researcher Bill Davin, […]

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After being hit with heavy environmental penalties, the Caribbean’s largest oil refinery is set to shut down

The controversy-plagued HOVENSA oil refinery, located in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands is going to be shut down. Less than a year has passed since the refinery was hit with a fine of over US$5 million for air pollution infractions. It was also required to implement $700 million worth of pollution control measures and to […]

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USVI sets ambitious new energy goals

The Governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands has announced a major new energy goal for the territory: Like many islands on earth, the USVI are almost 100 percent dependent on imported oil for electricity. Residents pay about 47 cents per kilowatt hour to light their homes and run their appliances. Imported oil is even used […]

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New catch limits set to prevent overfishing in U.S. Caribbean waters

The Pew Environment Group reports that the U.S. government has taken steps to prevent overfishing of certain key species in U.S. Caribbean territories: Holly Binns, a project director for the Pew Environment Group, issued the following statement today in response to the U.S. Department of Commerce’s final approval of plans to prevent overfishing of 132 […]

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Alcoa to clean up contaminated land in St. Croix, USVI

After six years of legal wrangling, Alcoa World Alumina and two other defendants have been assigned responsibility for remediation of a contaminated site in St. Croix: More than six years after the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources filed suit against eight industrial companies operating on the southern shore, a portion of the toxic […]

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2011 Caribbean Mapping Mission to Conserve Coral Reefs

Check out footage from a three-week NOAA mission to study unexplored areas of the sea floor using sonar technology off the southern coasts of St. John and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and eastern Puerto Rico. Along the way, scientists gathered data on the coral reef habitats and fish communities and uncovered a few remnants […]

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Posting here at the Green Antilles blog is on hiatus right now, but you can still get green news from, for and about the Caribbean at the Green Antilles Facebook page.

Can the Caribbean survive climate induced impacts?

The UN Climate Change Conference 2012 is being held in Quatar this week. Caribbean 360 reports on concerns of survivability […]

Green Antilles interview: Salome Buglass, Masters student at UBC, asks Have Tobago’s corals survived mass bleaching?

It is my joy to present the second Green Antilles interview. Salome Buglass is a Master’s student at the University […]

World Ocean Assessment workshop for the Caribbean

On November 13-15, a World Ocean Assessment Workshop was held for the Wider Caribbean in Miami, Florida. The Workshop for […]

Economic impact assessment of recreational fishing in the Caribbean

Recreational fisheries are prevalent in most Caribbean islands, though to date, the socio-economic characteristics of this sector are poorly studied. […]

Weekend photos: peacock flounders

Peacock flounder, © Michael Buchanan

The peacock flounder changes its color and the pattern on its skin to exactly match the sea floor. One of […]