January 10, 2015
Biochar is a naturally occurring, fine-grained, highly porous form of charcoal derived from the process of baking biomass -- and it’s been associated with fertile soils for some 2,000 years. “Biochar is found in soils around the world as a result of vegetation fires and historic soil management practices”...
January 9, 2015
Forests are crucially important to climate change. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), “they have the potential to absorb about one-tenth of global carbon emissions projected for the first half of this century into their biomass, soils and products and store them – in principle in perpetuity”.
January 2, 2015
If ever there was a time and an issue for the countries of the Caribbean to speak with one voice and at a high level, both the time and the issue have arrived. The issue is the global average temperature arising from climate change which is now scientifically indisputable. A decade of research shows...
December 29, 2014
Given the preponderance of data showing rising temperatures around the globe in recent decades -- along with the increasing frequency of extreme weather events -- it’s hard to believe there are still any climate change deniers. But a recent survey by the non-profit Center for American Progress...
December 15, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Jamaica will increase its resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity of the agriculture and tourism sectors and watershed management, using a US$10 million highly concessionary loan and a US$7,895,000 grant approved by the Inter-American...
December 11, 2014
There’s no time like the present to teach kids to respect their environment and be willing to stand up to protect it. Of course, any good environmental education starts at home: parents should always keep in mind that they are role models for their kids, and should act responsibly. And most schools today...
December 3, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) -- As the planet warms further, heat-waves and other weather extremes that today occur once in hundreds of years, if ever, would become the “new climate normal,” creating a world of increased risks and instability. The consequences for development in...
November 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s minister of water, land, environment and climate change, Robert Pickersgill, has called on Caribbean stakeholders to come up with a strategy to address the issue of climate change. Pickersgill made the call at a strategy meeting and workshop for regional leaders.
November 10, 2014
It’s difficult to say whether or not the climate change we are now experiencing is negatively impacting the nutritional quality of our food, but researchers warn that it may be only a matter of time. “Humanity is conducting a global experiment by rapidly altering the environmental conditions on the only...
November 3, 2014
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Citing “clear and growing” human influence on the climate system, a United Nations report issued on Sunday has warned that, if left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.
November 3, 2014
It’s true that Sweden came out on top in the recently released ranking of 60 countries according to sustainability by consulting firm Dual Citizen Inc. in its fourth annual Global Green Economy Index (GGEI). Norway, Costa Rica, Germany and Denmark rounded out the top five. The rankings take into account...
October 28, 2014
GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Guianas has welcomed Guyana President Donald Ramotar’s announcement of Norway’s 2012 calendar year performance-based payment into the Guyana REDD+ Investment Fund (GRIF). Reducing emissions from deforestation...
October 18, 2014
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...
October 2, 2014
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.
October 1, 2014
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.”
September 29, 2014
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...
September 26, 2014
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...
September 26, 2014
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.
September 19, 2014
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...
September 16, 2014
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...
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.
September 5, 2014
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.
September 3, 2014
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...
September 2, 2014
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.
August 28, 2014
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.”
August 27, 2014
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...
August 25, 2014
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.