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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...

Guyana and Norway commended for forest management efforts

October 28, 2014
Guyana and Norway commended for forest management efforts 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...

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.

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