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Climate change fund necessary, says Barbados minister

October 18, 2014
Climate change fund necessary, says Barbados minister BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Climate change for Barbados and other small island developing states is not just a challenge; it is a fight for survival. As he made this assertion, minister of the environment and drainage, Dr Denis Lowe, called on members of the board of the Green Climate Fund...

On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics

October 2, 2014
On final day of UN Assembly, small island nations discuss climate change, economics NEW YORK, USA -- Noting that small island developing nations must speak with one voice at the global level, representatives of those countries on Tuesday pressed for international economic partnerships and efforts to combat climate change, on the final day of the annual General Assembly debate in New York.

Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change

October 1, 2014
Caribbean leaders warn of 'real, ruinous' impacts of climate change NEW YORK, USA -- Spotlighting the “gathering and intensifying threat of global climate change” leaders from Caribbean Islands on Monday warned the United Nations General Assembly that indifference, narrow interests and electoral cowardice threaten to squander “our only real chance to save the planet.”

Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations

September 29, 2014
Spectre of climate change looms large, say small island nations NEW YORK, USA -- Leaders of small island developing states (SIDS) on Friday urged the United Nations General Assembly to prioritize climate change and assist in their front line battle against its mounting impact. The president of Dominica, Charles Savarin, said that the survival of this group of states...

Commentary: March to save the planet? Get real!

September 26, 2014
Commentary: March to save the planet? Get real! Almost ten years ago, on February 16, 2005, I published a commentary titled, “Global Warming or Just Hot Air,” in which I proffered that: Global warming (and cooling) are natural phenomena that have occurred in cycles since the beginning of time. But, for a more updated and authoritative proffer...

Commentary: 'Right is might' - the reality and the dream

September 26, 2014
Commentary: 'Right is might' - the reality and the dream Activities at the United Nations in New York this week may have looked like a celebration of internationalism and a recognition that territorial wars, terrorism, religious intolerance, climate change, ethnic violence and disease have been recognised as threats to all mankind, demanding collective action.

Puerto Rico's climate crisis: Experts brief Congress on extreme weather woes

September 19, 2014
Puerto Rico's climate crisis:  Experts brief Congress on extreme weather woes WASHINGTON, USA -- In a Capitol Hill briefing on Thursday organized by the Latino Climate Action Network (LCAN), US Senate and House staffers heard leading experts outline the extent of the increasingly grave Puerto Rico climate crisis, the steps being taken to address it, and how...

EarthTalk: Ethanol's unrealised promise

September 16, 2014
EarthTalk: Ethanol's unrealised promise Ethanol and similar “biofuels” made from corn and other crops seem like a good idea given their potential for reducing our carbon outputs as well as our reliance on fossil fuels. But recent research has shown that the federal government’s push to up production of corn-derived ethanol...

Open Letter 2: Caribbean Challenge Initiative - Sir Richard Branson

September 16, 2014
Our actions USAKW.com have superseded your requests to the prime ministers of the Caribbean island nations. More importantly, the two of us also represent two thirds of all the people on earth who can actually succeed at accomplishing successful Caribbean coral reef restoration.

OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

September 5, 2014
OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions APIA, Samoa -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and other small island developing states (SIDS) have called on countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands

September 2, 2014
Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands LONDON, England -- The heads of three regional organisations, together with the Commonwealth, have called for the strengthening of a global partnership to support climate change planning and finance in small island developing states (SIDS). The Climate Resilient Islands Partnership was formed in 2011.

Nicaraguan ambassador promotes renewable energy in Washington

August 28, 2014
Nicaraguan ambassador promotes renewable energy in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- On August 14, 2014, the first international programs round table series of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) was held, which focused on “Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy Reform and Market Growth in Mexico and Central America.”

EarthTalk: Are hydrogen fuel cell cars still a viable green option?

August 27, 2014
EarthTalk: Are hydrogen fuel cell cars still a viable green option? A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many analysts now think otherwise. These futuristic cars run on hydrogen fuel and emit only heat and water vapor. Their engines mix hydrogen, stored on-board in fuel tanks much like gas tanks...

UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM

August 25, 2014
UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views the third international meeting on small island developing states (UNSIDS) in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September, 2014 as an important opportunity to engage the international community on the development challenges facing the region.

Report published on Norway's forests and climate partnership with Guyana

August 23, 2014
Report published on Norway's forests and climate partnership with Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A real time evaluation report on Norway’s international climate and forest initiative with countries including Guyana, which summarizes its partnership support under this programme over the period 2007-2013, was released on Monday. This report provides insights into the successes...

Commentary: Calling Grenada to pray: Dollars and euros to reduce climate change

August 16, 2014
Commentary: Calling Grenada to pray: Dollars and euros to reduce climate change The Cuckoo Church of religious imbecility added another member to its ranks and it would be of no moment except that this individual is no ordinary fanatic. It is a movement that seems to have started in 2011 that we should all pray for climate change. Dr Dessima Williams was Grenada’s former ambassador...

EarthTalk: Antarctica's melting and its impact on coastlines

August 15, 2014
EarthTalk: Antarctica's melting and its impact on coastlines The Antarctic continent, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, is composed of rock covered by glaciers some 16,000 feet thick. The glaciers form from fallen snow compacting into successive layers of ice, and they eventually move downhill toward the coasts and “calve” into the ocean.

St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change

August 9, 2014
St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Saint Lucia's minister for sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Senator Dr James Fletcher, has called for consistent communication on the message of climate change. The minister's call to action was made at the opening of the inaugural meeting of...

Regional experts meet to discuss impact of climate change on Caribbean

August 7, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Senior level representatives from a wide range of regional institutions met in Saint Lucia on Tuesday to develop a regional climate change strategy at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on Climate Change.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400,000 in climate grants

July 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) -- a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev -- has announced the 11 winners of its first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of...

EarthTalk: Weaning ourselves off of oil and coal

June 23, 2014
EarthTalk: Weaning ourselves off of oil and coal Colorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins to research and promote market-based solutions to our energy crisis without breaking the bank. The group is focusing efforts on transforming...

Goodbye gasoline... first green LEAF arrives in the Cayman Islands

June 20, 2014
Goodbye gasoline... first green LEAF arrives in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The NCB group in the Cayman Islands has purchased the very first new all-electric Nissan LEAF in the Caribbean, reinforcing its commitment to environmental sustainability. “NCB Group is proud to be a part of the innovative movement towards electric cars...

Global climate change project launched in British Virgin Islands

June 5, 2014
Global climate change project launched in British Virgin Islands ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the government of the British Virgin Islands launched the new Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management in the BVI on Monday in Road Town, Tortola.

ACP countries working together to address climate change

April 29, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its second regional technical meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May 2014 in Brussels at ACP House. The second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful first RTM.

Green Consortium advocates for a greener Grenada

April 18, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Green Consortium, a group of St George’s University students, faculty and staff dedicated to environmental sustainability, is partnering with about 14 local entities including homes, churches, supermarkets, vendors, and institutions to assist...

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