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IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues

November 21, 2016
IDB engages Caribbean youth on creating vibrant economies, climate change and other issues KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Since the appointment last April of Therese Turner-Jones as general manager of the Inter-American Development Bank’s (IDB) Caribbean country department, there has been increased academic and social engagement with the youth across the region.

Antigua-Barbuda PM calls for immediate intervention on climate change with US president-elect

November 18, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda PM calls for immediate intervention on climate change with US president-elect MARRAKECH, Morocco -- Prime minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne speaking at a high-level meeting of the 22nd Session of the Conference of Parties (COP22) in Marrakech, Morocco, called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence...

Past five years hottest on record, says UN weather agency

November 9, 2016
Past five years hottest on record, says UN weather agency GENEVA, Switzerland -- In a new detailed analysis of the global climate between 2011 and 2015 – the hottest five-year period on record – the United Nations weather agency has found an increasingly visible human footprint on extreme weather and climate events with dangerous...

Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force, COP22 convenes

November 4, 2016
Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force, COP22 convenes NEW YORK, USA -- The Paris Agreement on climate change enters into force on November 4, 2016, 30 days after the required minimum of states (55) – accounting for 55 percent of total global greenhouse gas emissions – ratified the convention. The central aim of the agreement is to keep...

Green Climate Fund accredits CDB

October 26, 2016
Green Climate Fund accredits CDB BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is now an accredited partner institution of the Green Climate Fund (GCF). Through the accreditation, CDB now has better access to funding to support low-emission and climate-resilient programmes and projects..

Commentary: Why affordable and clean energy matters

October 25, 2016
Commentary: Why affordable and clean energy matters Why affordable and clean energy matters? This is a clever and important question, especially for the gem of the Caribbean islands: Curacao. We are in the century where the sky's the limit. Where we can achieve more than those who came before us could only dream of. Global warming is...

US embassy hosts citizen science and climate change program in Dominica

October 19, 2016
US embassy hosts citizen science and climate change program in Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- A three-country traveling program to promote ways ordinary “citizen scientists” can help observe and promote awareness of climate change in their communities, sponsored by the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of Eastern...

US embassy continues citizen science and climate change program in St Vincent

October 17, 2016
US embassy continues citizen science and climate change program in St Vincent KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- A three-country traveling program to promote ways ordinary “citizen scientists” can help observe and promote awareness of climate change in their communities, sponsored by the US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean and the Organization of...

Jamaica Foromic to address entrepreneurship, urban inclusion and climate change issues

October 17, 2016
Jamaica Foromic to address entrepreneurship, urban inclusion and climate change issues MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Later this month, over 1,000 people from all over the Americas -- or even further away -- will gather in Montego Bay, Jamaica, for the 19th annual Foromic conference, the region’s most important event focused on financial inclusion and how it drives economic...

Caribbean countries share plans to adapt to climate change at Grenada meeting

October 13, 2016
Caribbean countries share plans to adapt to climate change at Grenada meeting ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries and development agency partners are meeting in Grenada’s capital of St George’s this week to discuss strategies to prepare for the impact of climate change. Grenada held the final consultation for its National Adaptation...

US embassy hosts Eastern Caribbean citizen science and climate change program

October 13, 2016
US embassy hosts Eastern Caribbean citizen science and climate change program BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The US Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) is hosting Dr Gillian Bowser, research scientist at Colorado State University, in a three-country traveling program to promote ways ordinary...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change - a test of the region's staying power

October 8, 2016
Commentary: The View from Europe: Climate change - a test of the region's staying power After a period of uncertainty, it has been confirmed that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change will enter into force on November 4. This is good news for the Caribbean, one of the most at risk parts of the world from sea level change and severe climatic events. By global treaty standards...

Guyana emerging as a 'green state', president tells UN Assembly

September 21, 2016
Guyana emerging as a 'green state', president tells UN Assembly NEW YORK, USA -- Underscoring the importance of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, the president of Guyana highlighted that his country will continue to pursue a ‘green’ economy and will be a reliable and cooperative partner...

CTO and CHTA working with regional partners to build climate resilience in the tourism sector

September 19, 2016
CTO and CHTA working with regional partners to build climate resilience in the tourism sector BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Regional tourism development agency, the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and regional hospitality agency, the Caribbean Hotel & Tourism Association (CHTA) have signed a letter of agreement (LoA) to join other regional agencies and institutions...

Civil society organisations take practical climate change action in Trinidad and Tobago

September 17, 2016
Civil society organisations take practical climate change action in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As part as the “Climate ACTT: Action by Civil society in Trinidad and Tobago to build resilience to climate change” project, five civil society organisations (CSOs) are implementing practical projects to contribute to climate change adaptation and resilience...

US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean

August 25, 2016
US$33 million to finance climate change resilient infrastructure in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide US$33 million towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region.

Bahamas environmental group seeks answers on climate change

August 18, 2016
Bahamas environmental group seeks answers on climate change NASSAU, Bahamas -- Nine months after Save The Bays returned from the climate change conference in Paris that for a moment caught the world’s attention, the environmental advocacy group’s chairman is still seeking answers to critical questions about how The Bahamas is planning to...

Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects

August 17, 2016
Vincentians benefit from two major USAID projects KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- Vincentians are benefitting from a modernized juvenile justice system and are better equipped to adapt to climate change as a result of two major projects supported by the US government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

EarthTalk: What is fusion energy and why are environmentalists so bullish on it?

August 11, 2016
EarthTalk: What is fusion energy and why are environmentalists so bullish on it? Nuclear fusion may be the most promising energy source that most of us have never heard of. Scientists first discovered fusion as a potential energy source in the 1930s and have been quietly working on it ever since. Only recently, given societal pressure to find alternatives to fossil fuels...

SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York

July 6, 2016
SIDS DOCK holds first executive council meeting in New York NEW YORK, USA -- The SIDS DOCK executive council held its first meeting on Thursday, 16 June 2016, chaired by Dr Vince Henderson, ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary and permanent representative of Dominica to the United Nations. Other elected members...

Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report

June 24, 2016
Caribbean region must boost efforts to prepare for increased drought, says UN report BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Climate change is expected to increase the intensity and frequency of droughts in the Caribbean, so countries in the region must enhance their capabilities to deal with this and other extreme weather-related challenges to ensure food security and hunger eradication.

USAID project boosts Grenada's resilience to climate change

June 24, 2016
USAID project boosts Grenada's resilience to climate change ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- Grenada’s capacity to mitigate climate change risks stemming from storms, hurricanes, droughts and other extreme weather events has been enhanced by the five-year, $9.5 million Rallying the Region to Action on Climate Change (RRACC) project implemented by...

Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change

June 21, 2016
Greening tourism and agriculture can help St Lucia strengthen economy and resilience to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Greening tourism, which contributes around 12 per cent of Saint Lucia's gross domestic product, diversifying agriculture and transforming the fossil fuels-based energy sector could help the Caribbean island strengthen its environmental and economic resilience, according to...

USAID climate change project bolsters Dominica's resilience

June 13, 2016
USAID climate change project bolsters Dominica's resilience ROSEAU, Dominica -- A United States government-funded climate change project in the Eastern Caribbean helped one community avoid major flooding during last year’s passage of Tropical Storm Erika and also provided Dominican farmers with access to climate-smart technology.

Commentary: Renewable world

June 13, 2016
Commentary: Renewable world Plummeting fossil fuel prices. Mainstream renewable energy sources. Increased energy storage. All these stunning facts fill the pages of the Global Status Report: Renewables 2016, an international collaboration combining the latest on renewable energy industry, market and policy trends...

USAID supports reforestation exercise in Grenada

May 28, 2016
USAID supports reforestation exercise in Grenada ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- As part of a regional climate change initiative, the United States government supported a major reforestation effort on the island of Grenada last Friday. Students from the McDonald College Secondary School, forestry officials, and members of the St Patrick's...

USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts

May 20, 2016
USAID-funded project helps St Kitts-Nevis withstand climate change impacts BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- Farmers and residents in St Kitts and Nevis are better equipped to withstand climate change-related impacts, including extreme droughts and flooding, following the implementation of climate-smart technologies under the US$9.5 million “Rallying the Region to Action...

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