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UN issues first-ever heat-wave warning guidelines as global temperatures soar

July 2, 2015
UN issues first-ever heat-wave warning guidelines as global temperatures soar NEW YORK, USA -- Two United Nations agencies have unveiled a series of new guidelines aimed at addressing the health risks posed by the increasing number and intensity of climate change-related heat-waves affecting the planet, as warm weather alerts spread across Europe following soaring...

Montserrat progresses with development of climate change policy and action plan

June 27, 2015
Montserrat progresses with development of climate change policy and action plan BRADES, Montserrat -- Stakeholders in Montserrat are aiming to achieve climate resilient development through an integrated and coordinated response prioritising climate change responses across all sectors and society. This was the goal proposed by stakeholders for Montserrat’s new national climate...

OECS recruits new voices for climate change

June 24, 2015
OECS recruits new voices for climate change BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- The realities of climate change, its current impact on the region, and ways to effectively share the message with the public were explored last week at a two-day symposium for private media and government communication personnel in St Kitts. The June 18-19...

OECS member states discuss impact of ocean acidification

June 6, 2015
OECS member states discuss impact of ocean acidification CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) member states have begun to examine the impacts of increased ocean acidification on their economies. OECS representatives convened at a two-day workshop in Saint Lucia last week to assess the "issue of ocean acidification...

Commentary: The Caribbean and climate change: An ocean runs through it?

May 30, 2015
Commentary: The Caribbean and climate change: An ocean runs through it? The conviction that climate change is a colossal, intellectual deception within the ranks of mainstream North American conservatism is one of the most important discussions of our time. However, if a political dialogue on climate change is to mean anything, then, rising sea levels, population shifts and...

Caribbean to improve climate resilience with US$10 million programme

May 28, 2015
Caribbean to improve climate resilience with US$10 million programme WASHINGTON, USA -- The Caribbean region will increase its resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39 million grant approved by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) through support from the pilot programme for climate resilience.

EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us?

May 23, 2015
EarthTalk: Where will be the best places to live if global warming gets the best of us? If temperatures around the globe continue to rise in the face of human-induced climate change as climatologists expect, some of the world’s most populous areas could become uninhabitable. Rising sea levels will flood out coastal areas, while increasing drought will make survival in already arid areas difficult.

Caribbean leaders sign off on climate change declaration

May 12, 2015
Caribbean leaders sign off on climate change declaration FORT DE FRANCE, Martinique -- A climate change declaration signed by Caribbean leaders at a climate change summit in Martinique on Saturday makes a special appeal to the conscience of the world’s richest countries to do their part to help small island developing states. Caribbean heads...

Caribbean leaders engage in major global climate change talks in Martinique

May 11, 2015
Caribbean leaders engage in major global climate change talks in Martinique FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- Heads of government and organisations from the Caribbean gathered in Martinique Saturday to discuss the impact of climate change on the nations of the region. The Caribbean Climate Change Summit, chaired by French President Francois Hollande, gave the region...

Caribbean climate conference opens in Martinique

May 9, 2015
Caribbean climate conference opens in Martinique FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- On Saturday, the French Caribbean island of Martinique will host the regional summit, Caribbean Climate 2015, which will be chaired by French President François Hollande. The summit will gather over 40 heads of state, governments and Caribbean organizations.

Martinique to host preparatory summit to United Nations conference on climate change

April 15, 2015
Martinique to host preparatory summit to United Nations conference on climate change FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique -- Serge Letchimy, the president of the Regional Council of Martinique, has confirmed that a regional summit dedicated to the preparation and the mobilization toward the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) for the United Nations’ Framework Convention...

BVI first to launch financing framework for climate change issues

March 30, 2015
BVI first to launch financing framework for climate change issues ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The British Virgin Islands became the first Caribbean territory and a leader amongst small island states globally in establishing the policy and financing framework needed to address the causes and impacts of climate change. This milestone was achieved with the passage of...

EarthTalk: Seeding our seas

March 17, 2015
EarthTalk: Seeding our seas Ocean fertilization is a technique whereby swaths of ocean are “seeded” with iron to promote the growth of phytoplankton (microscopic plants that form the base of the marine food chain), and is one of several promising geo-engineering techniques that could help mitigate global warming.

EarthTalk: Solar's uncertain future

March 9, 2015
EarthTalk: Solar's uncertain future In the US, a new solar project was installed every three minutes in 2014, and jobs in the solar industry rose from 15,000 employees in 2005 to nearly 174,000 today. This substantial growth is in large part thanks to the Energy Policy Act of 2005’s 30 percent Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for commercial...

Bahamas participates in climate change meeting in Geneva

February 18, 2015
Bahamas participates in climate change meeting in Geneva GENEVA, Switzerland -- The Ad hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for enhanced Action (ADP) on the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) met in Geneva, Switzerland from February 8-13, 2015. The UNFCCC is designed to reduce the emission of...

EarthTalk: Divesting from fossil fuels

February 17, 2015
EarthTalk: Divesting from fossil fuels With crucial international climate negotiations coming up in Paris in the Fall of 2015, the first ever Global Divestment Day took place on February 13-14, with activists and everyday people across six continents and 48 countries joining together in more than 300 events -- including street theater...

EarthTalk: Saving our soils and climate with biochar

January 10, 2015
EarthTalk: Saving our soils and climate with biochar 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”...

Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway

January 9, 2015
Commentary: Lessons from Guyana and Norway 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”.

Commentary: 2015 begins with urgency to save the Caribbean from climate change

January 2, 2015
Commentary: 2015 begins with urgency to save the Caribbean from climate change 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...

EarthTalk: Still in denial about climate

December 29, 2014
EarthTalk: Still in denial about climate 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...

Jamaica to strengthen climate resilience with IDB support

December 15, 2014
Jamaica to strengthen climate resilience with IDB support 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...

EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism

December 11, 2014
EarthTalk: Getting kids into environmental activism 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...

'New climate normal' poses severe risks to development in the Caribbean

December 3, 2014
'New climate normal' poses severe risks to development in the Caribbean 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...

Jamaican minister urges Caribbean stakeholders to put forward strategy to deal with climate change

November 12, 2014
Jamaican minister urges Caribbean stakeholders to put forward strategy to deal with climate change 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.

EarthTalk: Global warming may be making food crops less healthy for us

November 10, 2014
EarthTalk: Global warming may be making food crops less healthy for us 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...

New UN report warns impact on climate may soon be irreversible

November 3, 2014
New UN report warns impact on climate may soon be irreversible 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.

EarthTalk: Sweden's environmental leadership

November 3, 2014
EarthTalk: Sweden's environmental leadership 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...

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