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German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the German government are supporting the efforts of eight CARICOM member states to adapt the management of their natural resources and economies to the ever-pressing and far-reaching socio-economic and environmental...

World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400,000 in climate grants

July 12, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The Caribbean Climate Innovation Center (CCIC) -- a project of the World Bank and its global entrepreneurship program infoDev -- has announced the 11 winners of its first regional proof of concept (PoC) competition. The successful applicants will receive grants of...

EarthTalk: Weaning ourselves off of oil and coal

June 23, 2014
EarthTalk: Weaning ourselves off of oil and coal Colorado-based sustainability think-tank Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) was founded in 1982 by American physicist and environmentalist Amory Lovins to research and promote market-based solutions to our energy crisis without breaking the bank. The group is focusing efforts on transforming...

Goodbye gasoline... first green LEAF arrives in the Cayman Islands

June 20, 2014
Goodbye gasoline... first green LEAF arrives in the Cayman Islands GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The NCB group in the Cayman Islands has purchased the very first new all-electric Nissan LEAF in the Caribbean, reinforcing its commitment to environmental sustainability. “NCB Group is proud to be a part of the innovative movement towards electric cars...

Global climate change project launched in British Virgin Islands

June 5, 2014
Global climate change project launched in British Virgin Islands ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the government of the British Virgin Islands launched the new Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project on climate change adaptation and sustainable land management in the BVI on Monday in Road Town, Tortola.

ACP countries working together to address climate change

April 29, 2014
BRUSSELS, Belgium -- The Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) Intra-ACP Programme is holding its second regional technical meeting (RTM) on 5, 6 and 7th May 2014 in Brussels at ACP House. The second RTM will build on the momentum generated by a successful first RTM.

Green Consortium advocates for a greener Grenada

April 18, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada -- The Green Consortium, a group of St George’s University students, faculty and staff dedicated to environmental sustainability, is partnering with about 14 local entities including homes, churches, supermarkets, vendors, and institutions to assist...

EarthTalk: Public transportation on the upswing

April 18, 2014
EarthTalk: Public transportation on the upswing Transit ridership is indeed at its highest level in the US in 57 years. According to data collected by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA), Americans took 10.7 billion trips on public transportation in 2013 -- the highest number since the 1950s when far fewer of us owned our own cars.

UWI to conduct survey on climate change and livelihoods in St Vincent and the Grenadines

April 17, 2014
ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The Sir Arthur Lewis Institute of Social and Economic Studies (SALISES) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) St Augustine, Trinidad and Tobago in collaboration with the Centro Euro-Mediterraneo per i Cambiamenti Climatici (CMCC), Venice, Italy...

Growing greener cities in the Caribbean and Latin America

April 10, 2014
ROME, Italy -- A new Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations report finds that urban and peri-urban agriculture (UPA) is widespread in Latin America and the Caribbean, but realizing its full potential requires increased support from national, state and local governments.

EarthTalk: Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities

April 9, 2014
EarthTalk: Earth Day 2014: Greening our cities This coming April 22 will mark the 44th annual celebration of Earth Day, and the focus this year will be green cities. “As the world’s population migrates to cities, and as the bleak reality of climate change becomes increasingly clear, the need to create sustainable communities is more important than ever."

EarthTalk: Mobile apps for environmental stewardship

April 2, 2014
EarthTalk: Mobile apps for environmental stewardship Not surprisingly, there are thousands of “green” apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. The American Lung Association’s State of the Air app shows live color-coded air quality maps for any US location.

EarthTalk: Keurig 'K-Cup' coffee containers

March 27, 2014
EarthTalk: Keurig 'K-Cup' coffee containers K-Cups -- those little one-serving coffee containers that allow people to brew one cup at a time in a specially designed Keurig brewing machine -- are all the rage these days. Each K-Cup is made up of a plastic outer container with one cup’s worth of ground coffee and a small filter inside, capped off with a foil lid.

St Kitts-Nevis launches global climate change project

March 26, 2014
St Kitts-Nevis launches global climate change project BASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) -- Public sector officials in St Kitts and Nevis assembled on Monday for the launch of the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) project on climate change adaptation (CCA) and sustainable land management (SLM) in the Eastern Caribbean.

Cayman Islands resort first Caribbean hotel to offer EV charge station

March 24, 2014
Cayman Islands resort first Caribbean hotel to offer EV charge station GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- The Reef Resort in Grand Cayman is now a part of the electric vehicle (EV) generation, becoming the first hotel in the Caribbean to offer a charge station for their guests and visitors who are driving or renting EVs. The fully automated ChargePro EV charge station...

Green businesses in Antigua-Barbuda encouraged to apply for grant funding

March 24, 2014
ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- The Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority (ABIA) is encouraging entrepreneurs interested in green businesses and technologies to take advantage of the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) extended April 20 deadline for grant funding.

EarthTalk: 'Cap and trade' strategies to reduce carbon emissions

March 20, 2014
EarthTalk: 'Cap and trade' strategies to reduce carbon emissions “Cap-and-trade,” whereby big polluters must pay to emit greenhouse gases against a capped total amount that is reduced over time -- has been in effect across the European Union (EU) since 2005. This so-called Emissions Trading System (ETS) requires 11,000 of the largest electric and industrial facilities...

Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change

March 15, 2014
Jamaican PM upbeat about CARICOM focus on climate change KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Jamaica’s Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has expressed satisfaction with the increased focus that the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has placed on the issue of climate change, which is critical for the future sustainability of the region.

Letter: What exactly does climate warming mean for the Caribbean?

March 15, 2014
The Caribbean Sea 12,000 years ago did not exist. That's not very long ago in the scheme of things. There was a huge ice cap over North America two to three miles thick, and a similar one over the Andes and parts of South America. You could walk from what is now Venezuela to what is...

EarthTalk: Global warming and our health

March 11, 2014
EarthTalk: Global warming and our health Global warming isn’t just bad for the environment. There are several ways that it is expected to take a toll on human health. For starters, the extreme summer heat that is becoming more normal in a warming world can directly impact the health of billions of people. “Extreme high air temperatures contribute...

Caribbean green economy group represented at workshop on green growth

March 7, 2014
PARIS, France -- Dr Michael Witter, member of the Caribbean Green Economy Action Learning Group, recently attended an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) ENVIRONET expert workshop on green growth, development planning and policy.

EarthTalk: Synthetic biology

March 3, 2014
EarthTalk: Synthetic biology “Synthetic biology” (or “synbio”) refers to the design and fabrication of novel biological parts, devices and systems that do not otherwise occur in nature. Many see it as an extreme version of genetic engineering (GE). But unlike GE, whereby genetic information with certain desirable traits is inserted...

Bahamas turns green with all-electric cars

March 1, 2014
Bahamas turns green with all-electric cars NASSAU, Bahamas -- The Bahamas has joined forces with the Cayman Islands in promoting a greener economy by offering all-electric vehicles (EV’s) for sale and lease. EASY Eco-Car, a division of EASY Car Sales, one of the most successful and respected pre-owned car dealerships in The Bahamas...

EarthTalk: Dirty fuels

February 28, 2014
EarthTalk: Dirty fuels The term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel and other energy sources that can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution...

Commentary: Global warming is causing stratospheric cooling

February 18, 2014
Commentary: Global warming is causing stratospheric cooling Global warming is causing stratospheric cooling: is this scientific discovery controversial? Satellite temperature data indicate a general increase in global temperatures within the surface and troposphere, yet cooling is evident throughout the stratosphere! Is this possible?

EarthTalk: Wind power's bright future

February 17, 2014
EarthTalk: Wind power's bright future Hydroelectric sources of power dwarf other forms of renewable energy, but wind power has been a dominant second for years, and continues to show “hockey stick” growth moving forward. According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), global cumulative installed wind capacity...

Caribbean islands agree to swap diesel power for renewable sources

February 14, 2014
NECKER ISLAND, BVI -- In a joint effort to unlock opportunities on scaling renewable energy projects across the Caribbean-basin, Carbon War Room and Rocky Mountain Institute has brokered commitments from the British Virgin Islands, Colombia, Dominica, St Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia...

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