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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...

2015 hottest year on record, says UN weather agency

January 26, 2016
2015 hottest year on record, says UN weather agency GENEVA, Switzerland -- The global average surface temperature in 2015 broke all previous records by a strikingly wide margin, according to the United Nations World Meteorological Organization (WMO), which announced on Monday that, for the first time on record, temperatures were...

IDB supports climate change adaptation program in Tobago

January 21, 2016
IDB supports climate change adaptation program in Tobago WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided grant financing of $500,000 to the Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot program utilizing underwater sculptures as an innovative approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area.

Hottest year in Cuba since 1951

January 8, 2016
Hottest year in Cuba since 1951 HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The average annual temperature in Cuba last year was the highest since 1951, reaching a value of 1.06 Celsius degrees above the historical average (25.49), said specialists from the Climate Center of the Meteorology Institute. Granma newspaper reported that...

Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change

December 29, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: CARICOM and climate change On December 12 in Paris, France’s foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, brought to a close the UN climate change conference, COP 21. “I now invite the COP to adopt the decision entitled Paris Agreement outlined in the document,” he said, and then seconds later: “Looking out to the room I see that...

EarthTalk: What do green groups think about the outcome of the recent Paris climate talks?

December 19, 2015
EarthTalk: What do green groups think about the outcome of the recent Paris climate talks? On December 12, 2015, 195 countries assembled at the COP21 Climate Conference in Paris produced a 32-page agreement outlining goals to phase out industrial carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions. All countries agreed on “holding the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2 degrees...

Commentary: No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement

December 18, 2015
Commentary: No cause to celebrate Paris climate agreement The results of the climate change conference in Paris (COP21) give no reason for small island states to cheer. The agreement reflects many promises and little action. The one item of concrete action is merely an undertaking to evaluate carbon emissions every five years – and even that has no teeth.

Commentary: Climate change calculus

December 16, 2015
Commentary: Climate change calculus The wrangle at the UN’s Climate Conference in Paris to commit to 1.5 or 2 degrees of warming is an academic calculus that contains a sensitive and urgent opportunity. But away from the doors of negotiations is the amenable posture of significant deviation, and political correctness.

Letter: The Paris climate change promise

December 15, 2015
Letter: The Paris climate change promise The Paris Agreement, the climate change deal, is not really a deal at all. It is a promise based on delay and deferral. The following are some of its promises. First, the nations of the world have not yet signed up. This is to be done on April 22, 2016, when there is to be a “signing ceremony”.

World agrees historic global climate deal

December 14, 2015
World agrees historic global climate deal PARIS, France -- A historic new global climate agreement has been struck at the United Nations conference on climate change in Paris, which takes a significant step forward to reducing emissions. For the first time ever 195 countries, including the world’s largest emitters...

CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change

December 10, 2015
CARICOM ministers sign project with Italy to combat climate change PARIS, France -- Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s ministry of environment, on Tuesday signed a €6 million project to assist CARICOM member states to mitigate climate variability and change. This project, which was negotiated between...

ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief

December 9, 2015
ECLAC side event at COP21 advocates Caribbean debt relief PARIS, France -- The possibilities for integrating the twin imperatives of pursuing climate resilience and debt reduction with a proposal for debt for climate adaptation swaps, was due to be considered at a side event held during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21).

Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action

December 8, 2015
Commentary: The climate agreement in Paris: Betting on collective action At the 21 Conference of Parties (COP21) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, which takes place in Paris from November 30 to December 11, the governments of the world face the challenge of reaching an agreement to limit global temperature rise to below...

Caribbean Natural Resources Institute calls for strong commitments to tackling climate change

December 5, 2015
Caribbean Natural Resources Institute calls for strong commitments to tackling climate change PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CANARI) -- The Caribbean Natural Resources Institute (CANARI) is calling on the global community to support the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) position advocating for a cap on the world's temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Centigrade as part of their...

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