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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Our actions USAKW.com have superseded your requests to the prime ministers of the Caribbean island nations.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.

OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions

September 5, 2014
OECS and SIDS at the Samoa conference call for a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions APIA, Samoa -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and other small island developing states (SIDS) have called on countries that are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.

Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa

September 3, 2014
Stunning energy and climate development in Samoa APIA, Samoa -- Over 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilience treaty that will significantly change...

Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands

September 2, 2014
Call to scale up climate partnership for small islands LONDON, England -- The heads of three regional organisations, together with the Commonwealth, have called for the strengthening of a global partnership to support climate change planning and finance in small island developing states (SIDS). The Climate Resilient Islands Partnership was formed in 2011.

Nicaraguan ambassador promotes renewable energy in Washington

August 28, 2014
Nicaraguan ambassador promotes renewable energy in Washington WASHINGTON, USA -- On August 14, 2014, the first international programs round table series of the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) was held, which focused on “Renewable Energy in Latin America and the Caribbean: Policy Reform and Market Growth in Mexico and Central America.”

EarthTalk: Are hydrogen fuel cell cars still a viable green option?

August 27, 2014
EarthTalk: Are hydrogen fuel cell cars still a viable green option? A decade ago cars powered by fuel cells seemed like the future of green automotive travel, but many analysts now think otherwise. These futuristic cars run on hydrogen fuel and emit only heat and water vapor. Their engines mix hydrogen, stored on-board in fuel tanks much like gas tanks...

UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM

August 25, 2014
UNSIDS conference outcome important for CARICOM GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) views the third international meeting on small island developing states (UNSIDS) in Apia, Samoa, 1-4 September, 2014 as an important opportunity to engage the international community on the development challenges facing the region.

Report published on Norway's forests and climate partnership with Guyana

August 23, 2014
Report published on Norway's forests and climate partnership with Guyana GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A real time evaluation report on Norway’s international climate and forest initiative with countries including Guyana, which summarizes its partnership support under this programme over the period 2007-2013, was released on Monday. This report provides insights into the successes...

Commentary: Calling Grenada to pray: Dollars and euros to reduce climate change

August 16, 2014
Commentary: Calling Grenada to pray: Dollars and euros to reduce climate change The Cuckoo Church of religious imbecility added another member to its ranks and it would be of no moment except that this individual is no ordinary fanatic. It is a movement that seems to have started in 2011 that we should all pray for climate change. Dr Dessima Williams was Grenada’s former ambassador...

EarthTalk: Antarctica's melting and its impact on coastlines

August 15, 2014
EarthTalk: Antarctica's melting and its impact on coastlines The Antarctic continent, roughly the size of the United States and Mexico combined, is composed of rock covered by glaciers some 16,000 feet thick. The glaciers form from fallen snow compacting into successive layers of ice, and they eventually move downhill toward the coasts and “calve” into the ocean.

St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change

August 9, 2014
St Lucia minister calls for sustained communication and coordinated approach to climate change CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Saint Lucia's minister for sustainable development, energy, science and technology, Senator Dr James Fletcher, has called for consistent communication on the message of climate change. The minister's call to action was made at the opening of the inaugural meeting of...

Regional experts meet to discuss impact of climate change on Caribbean

August 7, 2014
CASTRIES, St Lucia (GIS) -- Senior level representatives from a wide range of regional institutions met in Saint Lucia on Tuesday to develop a regional climate change strategy at the first meeting of the Regional Coordinating Committee (RCC) on Climate Change.

German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase

July 22, 2014
German-Caribbean cooperation on climate change entering critical phase 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.

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