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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...

Commentary: Moments can either make us or break us

May 20, 2016
Commentary: Moments can either make us or break us Moments. Some filled with the power and authenticity to create the most enchantingly beautiful experiences that washes over us and brings with them a sea of meaning and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Others, so terrifyingly overwhelming that they leave us with an ocean of scars embedded...

CDB boosts climate adaptation and capacity building projects

May 19, 2016
CDB boosts climate adaptation and capacity building projects BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) increased its capacity-building work in the region in 2015, focusing on climate adaptation, renewable energy, public sanitation, environmental awareness and sustainability programmes. In this regard...

Commentary: The ultimatum

May 19, 2016
Commentary: The ultimatum The pores on my skin began to rise as the voices of climate activists chanting, “The people got the power, tell me can you feel it,” blasted through my headphones. Images of defiant demonstrators, modern-day renegades in disguise, flashed across the screen as I watched a video of the...

Commentary: Dare to disobey in the name of climate action

May 16, 2016
Commentary: Dare to disobey in the name of climate action We are living in what is known as the anthropocene. Human activity is altering Earth’s natural cycles and spurring on climate change at unprecedented rates.  The islands of the Caribbean are home to over 40 million people, who are all directly vulnerable to climate change. The biggest culprits?

Commentary: Reducing fossil fuels and redirecting our energy sources

May 11, 2016
Commentary: Reducing fossil fuels and redirecting our energy sources Women dressed in white adorned with angel wings lie on the tracks of a railway while a stone’s throw away men and women stand in white suits with a red “X” superimposed on their backs.  This group of individuals effectively shut down operations at a portion of the Newcastle Harbour.

Commentary: The UN Paris Climate Change Agreement: One world, one climate?

May 4, 2016
Commentary: The UN Paris Climate Change Agreement: One world, one climate? The United Nations Paris climate agreement was signed in New York last weekend. A turning point in reducing global warming was ushered. The world is now on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C. But there are many gaps and caveats.

Antigua-Barbuda farmers benefit from climate-smart technology

May 2, 2016
Antigua-Barbuda farmers benefit from climate-smart technology ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Farmers and communities in Antigua and Barbuda are better equipped to withstand drought, improve food production, and enhance the country’s resilience to climate change following completion of the Antigua part of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States...

Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week

April 26, 2016
Major regional climate change meeting to take place in St Lucia this week CASTRIES, St Lucia -- The Regional Coordinating Committee on Climate Change (RCCCC), under the chairmanship of Saint Lucia’s minister for public service, sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Dr James Fletcher, will meet in Saint Lucia on Wednesday and Thursday.

Commentary: Breaking free from fossil fuel dependency

April 22, 2016
Commentary: Breaking free from fossil fuel dependency We all know that God is a Trini, has been and always will be. It’s time for us, however, to stop relying on this concept and, as a nation, start taking matters of importance into our own hands and finally cut the umbilical cord that has tied us to the dependence on fossil fuels for over 100 years.

Commentary: Not so refreshing now is it?

April 20, 2016
Commentary: Not so refreshing now is it? Gone are the days of walking outside just to get a breath of fresh air. In reality, that breath of so-called “fresh” air is accompanied by thousands of health damaging air pollutants that puts your body at a high risk for many associated diseases. Not so refreshing now is it? As you may be aware...

Commentary: Stop melting my ice cream and taking lives

April 18, 2016
Commentary: Stop melting my ice cream and taking lives It is three minutes to midnight and we are losing all chances of redeeming ourselves from the atrocities we have inflicted upon the Earth. Stepping out of the house and onto the street is now akin to moving from the pot and into the fire. As the maxi zips along the Priority Bus Route, I notice something.

Commentary: Don't be a carbon copy!

April 16, 2016
Commentary: Don't be a carbon copy! The primary greenhouse gas emitted through human activities is carbon dioxide (CO2) according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. Notwithstanding the fact that carbon dioxide is a naturally produced gas, human activities have contributed to an increase in...

Trinidad and Tobago civil society organisations build capacity to communicate about climate change

April 6, 2016
Trinidad and Tobago civil society organisations build capacity to communicate about climate change PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- As the Caribbean is in the midst of yet another period of drought, urgent action is needed to address climate change. Civil society organisations (CSOs) are poised to play a key role in enhancing understanding about what is climate change, how it will affect...

IDB provided $3.8 billion in environmental sustainability and climate change products in 2015

April 6, 2016
IDB provided $3.8 billion in environmental sustainability and climate change products in 2015 WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the main source of multilateral financing for the Latin America and the Caribbean, committed $3.8 billion for projects that target climate change adaptation and mitigation, renewable energy and environmental sustainability in 2015.

The future is happening now, warns UN, calling for urgent measures to cut carbon emissions

March 22, 2016
The future is happening now, warns UN, calling for urgent measures to cut carbon emissions GENEVA, Switzerland -- The Earth is already one degree Celsius hotter than at the start of the 20th century, halfway to the critical two-degree threshold, and national climate change plans adopted so far may not be enough to avoid a three-degree temperature rise, the UN weather agency...

Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre: Leading the regional response to climate change

March 16, 2016
Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre: Leading the regional response to climate change KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) -- Since its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges. The CCIC programme...

Belize unveils climate-resilient tourism program

March 12, 2016
Belize unveils climate-resilient tourism program BURRELL BOOM VILLAGE, Belize -- The ministry of tourism and civil aviation in Belize, in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), officially launched the Sustainable Tourism Program II in a kick-off workshop on March 8-10, 2016, in Burrell Boom Village.

New Jamaican government urged to take priority action on climate change

March 5, 2016
New Jamaican government urged to take priority action on climate change KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Panos Caribbean has urged the new prime minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holness, and his team to give some priority to climate change, especially in light of developments at the Paris Climate Talks, held in December 2015. Jamaica had a strong delegation present at the talks.

Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project

January 29, 2016
Japan and UNDP kick start US$15 million Caribbean climate change project BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) launched the US$15 million Japan-Caribbean climate change partnership (J-CCCP) on Thursday, in line with the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, to keep global warming...

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