November 8, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) -- With almost unrivalled natural and historic beauty, Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, regularly features in many top lists as a leading global tourist destination. However, in the coming years, the city could feature in a much less flattering list.
October 26, 2013
BELIZE CITY, Belize -- The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has expressed concern over the future of the region’s seafood reserves, saying that climate change has a rippling effect on the fisheries sector. Climate change will affect not only the fish and their habitats...
October 21, 2013
While they may put up with a lot of stress from wind, waves and weather, beaches and the coastal environments surrounding them are surprisingly fragile. The ecosystems which make up coastal areas have evolved over eons to their current natural states as to their geologic features and the types and...
October 19, 2013
LONDON, England -- A climate change activist from India who works with local communities and governments for environmental change was today awarded the pan-Commonwealth and Asia region Commonwealth Youth Award. Priti Rajagopalan received a £5,000 grant towards her work.
October 12, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS) and the Inter-American Council for Integral Development (CIDI) of the hemispheric institution on Friday held a joint meeting on the "Development of the global regime to address climate...
October 7, 2013
Beach erosion is a huge issue for coastal areas in the US and elsewhere. According to the non-profit American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA), all beaches endure storms and other natural disturbances that cause them to lose sand, but the causes of beach erosion are not always the same.
October 2, 2013
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad -- UWI Consulting Inc., in collaboration with the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), the Trinidad and Tobago Coalition of Service Industries (TTCSI), and with support from the World Trade Organization (WTO) Chair at...
October 1, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- Trinidad and Tobago’s Minister of State in the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources, Ramona Ramdial has held discussions on climate change with European Union (EU) Commissioner for Climate Action, Connie Hedegaard. The bilateral meeting took place last Wednesday.
September 18, 2013
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- “Antigua and Barbuda needs to place more emphasis on awareness and the inculcation of best practices into the minds of the population with regards to climate change and its likely effects on tourism dependant nations such as ours.” These are the thoughts of Yendi Jackson...
September 13, 2013
Ever since Thomas Malthus published “An Essay on the Principle of Population” in 1798, positing incorrectly that humans’ proclivity for procreation would exhaust the global food supply within a matter of decades, population growth has been a hot button issue among those contemplating humankind’s future.
September 13, 2013
I knew long before I published my very first commentary online that I was inviting insults -- not only to my intelligence, but also to my very being. Which, incidentally, is why my heart goes out to all of the kids whose online chats, pictures, observations, etc., incited such degrading and dehumanizing abuse.
September 11, 2013
Climate change has over time posed many challenges, especially to economic development! More so, the enormity of global warming is often a daunting and dispiriting phenomenon and requires a number of changes to slow and reverse climate change! The idea of carrying out integrated assessment...
September 3, 2013
CASTRIES Saint Lucia -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Secretariat is in final preparations to host its third climate change seminar, which is to focus on ‘strategies and innovations in tourism and agriculture’. The seminar will take place in Saint Lucia on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week.
August 26, 2013
Food waste is indeed an untapped resource with great potential for generating energy. Some one third of all food produced around the world gets discarded uneaten, and environmentalists, energy analysts and entrepreneurs are beginning to take notice. Diverting even just a portion of this waste to so-called waste-to-energy...
August 10, 2013
ST THOMAS, USVI -- US Virgin Islands Governor John de Jongh joined several of his fellow governors in applauding President Obama’s efforts to combat climate change and pledging cooperation to meet the urgent challenge of a warming planet. De Jongh signed a letter along with 13 other governors...
August 6, 2013
There has never been a better time to renovate green, given the abundance of Earth-friendly building material choices as well as contractors well-versed in energy- and resource-efficiency. Many homeowners don’t realize that they can save money in the long run, despite the upfront costs...
July 22, 2013
Since sea level measurements were first recorded, in 1870, global averages have risen almost eight inches. The annual rate of rise has been 0.13 inches over the past 20 years, which is close to twice the average from the previous 80 years. Future estimates for sea levels vary according to region but most...
July 17, 2013
Over the last 20 years, the World Bank Group has helped countries lift 663 million people out of poverty. In the next 20, we believe it is possible to end extreme poverty. This goal is within our grasp. But poverty reduction and climate change are linked. We have powerful new evidence that even if climate change falls...
July 15, 2013
If by pollution you mean greenhouse gas emissions, then definitely yes. According to Maria Diuk-Wasser at the Yale School of Public Health, the onset of human-induced global warming is likely to increase the infection rates of mosquito-borne diseases like malaria, dengue fever and West Nile virus...
July 10, 2013
NEW YORK, USA -- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday applauded the journey of the first solar-powered plane to cross the United States from coast to coast and declared that the historic flight could serve as an inspiration to tackle climate change and promote sustainable development.
July 9, 2013
In what’s being billed as the greatest environmental initiative of his presidency, Barack Obama announced on June 25, 2013, that his administration is instituting stringent mandatory restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions by power plants, factories and other industrial sources.
July 6, 2013
ROAD TOWN, BVI -- Deputy premier and minister for natural resources and labour, Dr Kedrick Pickering, has raised the British Virgin Islands’ environmental profile at the European Parliament where he outlined the government’s conservation and green initiatives. Pickering delivered a statement last week to the...
June 26, 2013
ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- The 70 square-mile island of Aruba is on track to becoming the world's first sustainable energy economy and achieving the goal of running on 100 percent sustainable energy by 2020. In recent years, sustainability efforts within the travel industry have progressed from a niche consideration...
June 19, 2013
WASHINGTON, USA -- Latin America and the Caribbean’s renewable energy endowment is large enough to cover its projected 2050 electricity needs 22 times over, according to a new report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). The report, Rethinking our Energy Future...
June 15, 2013
The metaphysical phenomenon of global climate change has evoked equivocal chords! Moreover, empirical evidence about global climate variations in weather systems has recreated unpredictable trends in an environment that potentially have severe consequences to our being and how we understood the world.
June 10, 2013
A few years ago biofuels were all the rage. Environmental advocates to national security hawks alike were extolling the virtues of ethanol and biodiesel as a carbon-neutral bridge to our energy future. But the bubble burst when it became apparent that there wasn’t enough agricultural land...
June 3, 2013
Wetlands include swamps, marshes, bogs, riverbanks, mangroves, floodplains, rice fields -- and anywhere else, according to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), that saturation with water is the dominant factor determining the nature of soil development.