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17/7/14, History will condemn climate change denialists »»
The argument for radical action on climate change– which Australia will soon at least temporarily reject with the shameful decision to repeal the carbon tax – is embarrassingly simple. For the past 200 years, western culture has granted science pre-eminent cultural authority. A quarter century ago, a consensus formed among contemporary scientists specialising in the study of … Continue reading
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17/7/14, 12 countries ratify access and benefit-sharing treaty »»
The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization will enter into force on 12 October 2014 following its ratification by 51 Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). In the last weeks, 12 countries have deposited their instruments including Belarus, Burundi, Gambia, … Continue reading
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16/7/14, Caribbean experts call for stronger cooperation on oil spills and nutrient management »»
Over 80 percent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted from land-based sources and activities such as deforestation, untreated waste-water, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste and litter. This affects livelihoods, health, economies and ecosystems. To address these problems, pollution experts from across the Caribbean met recently at two meetings. The seventh steering committee meeting for … Continue reading
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16/7/14, Iwokrama Research and Science Centre Opens RFP »»
The Georgetown, Guyana-based Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development requests proposals from private and public companies, institutions, Universities and other organizations engaged in tropical rainforest conservation. The proposal offers an opportunity  to partner with the Centre, with a particular focus on climate change and land use issues, to enhance revenue generating activities for the Centre. … Continue reading
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15/7/14, 5th Petersberg Climate Dialogue »»
The “5th Petersberg Climate Dialogue” commenced today in Berlin, Germany. The two-day “Petersberg Climate Dialogue” is an informal conference that is in preparation of the UN climate summit. This year, the summit will take place in Peru. In the afternoon spoke newly crowned World Champion, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and her Peruvian colleague, President Ollanta Humala. … Continue reading
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15/7/14, World Bank awards 11 Caribbean entrepreneurs more than US$400K in climate grants »»
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 up to US$50,000 to develop, test, and commercialize innovative, locally relevant climate technology solutions. Officially closed … Continue reading
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15/7/14, We know enough about climate change – it’s time for decisions now! »»
See Video on actions that could be done to help in the adaptation and mitigation of a changing and variable climate. Credit: Climate Media Factory
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10/7/14, Parrotfish ban »»
JAMAICANS love parrotfish. Steamed, fried or roasted, the brightly coloured sea creature is a common feature on many a dinner plate. It’s also a favourite at the beach and at roadside eateries on the weekend. But the enjoyment could soon come to an end as local and international groups are lobbying for a parrotfish ban. … Continue reading
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10/7/14, The Carbon Tax Success Story »»
When Mark Twain wrote, “Never let the facts stand in the way of a good story,” he could have been describing Canada’s current climate policy debate. Prime Minister Stephen Harper repeatedly claims that a carbon tax would “destroy jobs and growth.” Yet the evidence from the province that actually passed such a tax – British … Continue reading
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2/7/14, Coral Reefs Report and Climate Change News »»
With only about one-sixth of the original coral cover left, most Caribbean coral reefs may disappear in the next 20 years, primarily due to the loss of grazers in the region, according to the latest report by the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network (GCRMN), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the United … Continue reading
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2/7/14, It’s Caribbean Public Health Day! »»
The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has declared today July 2nd, Caribbean Public Health Day. Watch the Caribbean Public Health Day message from the Executive Director, CARPHA, Dr. C. James Hospedales. The celebration of Caribbean Public Health Day on July 2 coincides with the anniversary of the legal establishment of CARPHA, which makes it an … Continue reading
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2/7/14, Training on Climate Change Diplomacy »»
The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean (DAOC) is a new and innovative training academy in Modern Diplomacy for Diplomats and other professionals in the Caribbean and beyond. Officially launched on May 6th 2014 in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Trinidad and Tobago, the DAOC offers several modules in diplomacy at various levels … Continue reading
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2/7/14, UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for SIDS 2014 »»
To celebrate the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS) 2014, the UNFCCC secretariat is offering two five-months fellowships to young professionals from the region who are interested in contributing to the work on climate change adaptation or on gender and youth related dimensions of climate action. These fellowship awards are made available thanks … Continue reading
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1/7/14, Postgraduate Certificate on Geological and Climate Related Risk »»
The Unit of Geological Risk of the Section of Earth and environmental Sciences, University of Geneva (http://www.unige.ch/hazards), Switzerland, is proud to announce its annual advanced course in assessment and management of geological and climate related risk (CERG-C). This course includes 5 modules : Risk management Volcanic risk Seismic risk Flood and climate related risk Landslide … Continue reading
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30/6/14, Africa and the Caribbean Talks Water Security and Climate Resilient Development »»
A first of its kind south-south knowledge exchange between Africa and the Caribbean on water security and climate resilient development was held at the Asa Wright Nature Centre in Trinidad this week (June 26, 2014). The meeting, which was held as a side event during the 2014 Global Water Partnership Network and Consulting Partners Meeting … Continue reading
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27/6/14, Disaster preparedness in the South Pacific: Good practices from the GCCA »»
They might not make global headlines, but for low-lying Pacific islands king tides are an ever-increasing threat. As sea levels rise, the highest tides can have catastrophic effects, particularly when combined with storm conditions. In December 2012, eight people died and 20,000 homes were destroyed when Tropical Cyclone Evan caused flash flooding in Fiji, Samoa and … Continue reading
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27/6/14, Dr Mark Bynoe on GCCA and Climate Financing »»
Dr Mark Bynoe, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre‘s senior environment and resource economist, discusses the benefits of the Global Climate Change Alliance, as well as the challenge of accessing climate finance and how to ensure this reaches those most in need. Credit: Capacity4dev.eu
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18/6/14, Focusing on action and success – C-FISH »»
Video: Jamaica’s new fish sanctuary thrives on strong engagement and support from the surrounding fishing community The June 2014 edition of the Caribbean Fish Sanctuary Partnership (C-FISH) newsletter titled “Focusing on Action and Success” is now available. C-FISH is aimed at strengthening community based fish sanctuaries and marine protected areas (MPAs) in 5 countries across the Caribbean – Jamaica, Grenada, … Continue reading
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18/6/14, Mustique hosts major regional workshop on Marine Protected Areas across the Grenadines »»
Credit: SusGren Representatives from six Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) attended an annual gathering last week (June 11-14) on the Grenadine Island of Mustiques to contemplate actions to strengthen reef management in the Grenadines. This is the fourth consecutive year the meeting, organized by Sustainable Grenadines Inc., was held. Members of the network include Tobago Cayes Marine Park, … Continue reading
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18/6/14, Consultancy Opportunity for CCAC »»
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) office in Panama is seeking a consultant to coordinate activities related to the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC): a Latin America and Caribbean regional assessment of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs); and activities to support national planning for action on SLCPs (SNAP). Learn more about this post  under the … Continue reading
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17/6/14, World Day to Combat Desertification »»
The land under our feet is ancient. Minerals and organic material have mixed together over decades, if not centuries and millennia, to provide the bed upon which our food is grown. The plants which grow in this soil are not only the basis for food and fibre they are also contribute to our supply of clean water … Continue reading
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13/6/14, The Decade of Sustainable Energy and the Post 2015 Development Agenda »»
Decade of Sustainable Energy for All: We have now entered the Decade of Sustainable Energy for All, 2014 – 2024, which was established by a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly in December 2012. Inter alia, the resolution highlights the goals of increased energy access, renewable energy (RE) usage and energy efficiency (EE). The focus of the resolution recognises that sustainable development is not possible without sustainable … Continue reading
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12/6/14, Caribbean Climate Modelling Meeting held at the 5Cs’ HQ »»
Climate Modellers from across the region met at the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) this week (June 11-12, 2014).  The modellers explored the development of user protocols for data access, regional data management, ways in which to consolidate and prepare outputs and a strategy and action plan for the next 5-10 years. The objectives of … Continue reading
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10/6/14, 5Cs Participates in Climate Change Symposium- Building Climate Resilient Municipalities »»
The 5Cs participated in a Climate Change Symposium under the theme “Building Climate Resilient Municipalities” at the Best Western Belize Biltmore Plaza Hotel in Belize City this week (10 – 11 June, 2014). The Centre maintained a booth during the two day exhibition and Ms Sharon Lindo, policy officer at the 5Cs, presented on “Integrating adaptation into … Continue reading
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10/6/14, UNEP to develop first state of the marine environment report for Caribbean Sea »»
As countries “Raised their Voices and Not the Sea Level” in celebration of World Environment Day, and prepare to commemorate World Oceans Day under the theme “Together We Have the Power to Protect the Oceans”, UNEP’s Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP) has committed to develop the first state of marine environment report for the Caribbean Sea. … Continue reading
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10/6/14, Sustainable Fisheries Partnership Brief Highlights Climate Change Impacts on Fisheries and Aquaculture »»
The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) has issued a brief,’Climate Change: Implications for Fisheries and Aquaculture,’ which details the threats of climate change and ocean acidification to fisheries, aquaculture and marine resources as relayed in the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Fifth Assessment Report (AR5). The brief highlights that climate change and ocean acidification are altering … Continue reading
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5/6/14, UNFCCC Fellowship Programme for SIDS Launched »»
Applications are now being accepted for The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Fellowship Programme for SIDS. In celebration of today's World Environment Day 2014 and in support of the International Year of SIDS, the UNFCCC secretariat is calling for applications for two five months fellowships to support the secretariat’s work on adaptation and youth/gender and … Continue reading
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5/6/14, The Caribbean Climate Change News e-Paper »»
Climate Change news in the Caribbean was packed with great stories last week. Revisit some of them by perusing our e-Paper.
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5/6/14, World Environment Day 2014: Raise Your Voice, Not the Sea Level »»
Thursday, June 5, marks the 41st celebration of World Environment Day (WED). It was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1972 and first celebrated the next year. The UN General Assembly declared 2014 as the International Year of Small Island Developing States (SIDS), therefore, WED is being marked under the theme ‘Small Island Developing States … Continue reading
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4/6/14, Global military leaders say Climate Change is multiplying threats to peace and stability »»
The Global Military Advisory Council on Climate Change (GMACCC) says Climate Change is multiplying threats to peace and stability, forcing military leaders everywhere to adapt strategic planning. The GMACCC published a  briefing today that summarises security-related findings of the Intergovernmental Panel onClimate Change (IPCC) for the leaders of defence communities and associated policy makers. The briefingmakes clear … Continue reading
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3/6/14, SIDS DOCK Is Recruiting A Project Manager »»
SIDS DOCK, an international organisation of Small Island Developing States (SIDS)and low-lying countries, aimed at addressing issues of renewable energy and energy efficiency in SIDS, is recruiting a Project Manager. Peruse the call for applications here. Qualified candidates should send an email (no CVs) expressing interest in the position and summarizing (in less than 250 … Continue reading
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3/6/14, CaribWatch launched to leverage technology and the Internet to save lives »»
  In concurrence with the start of the 2014 Hurricane Season on June 1st, Hill 60 Bump held the digital launch of its new smartphone application, CaribWatch today, June3, 2014. The launch started with a Twitter chat from 1pm – 2pm, hosted by @OnCaribWatch, based on the theme ‘Caribbean Crisis Communication: The Digital Evolution’ and will … Continue reading
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3/6/14, Tender for the Supply of a Data Collection System (DCS) for Acquisition, Management, Archival and Web Access to Telemetry and Other Time-Series Data »»
CCCCC/EU-GCCA/SUP-011/2014The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) has received a grant from the European Union entitled: Support to the Global Climate Change Alliance (GCCA) under the 10th EDF Intra-African Caribbean Pacific Financial Framework in the Caribbean. The CCCCC intends to utilize part of the proceeds from this grant to award a contract for the supply and installation … Continue reading
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2/6/14, New Pollution Rules Announced by President Obama »»
Today President Obama made a landmark announcement on new pollution rules. The announcement is widely considered to be a big moment for the United States and the rest of the world, too. See video above.
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30/5/14, Optimism in The Virgin Islands about $50M per anum in funding to tackle Climate Change »»
The Virgin Islands is said to be well ahead of most small-island developing states on the issue of climate change adaptation and in the coming months could have in place the framework to access millions to mitigate against the effects of those changes. Some $50 million will be needed annually to cushion the effects of … Continue reading
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30/5/14, The Heat Is On: Global Warming and the Caribbean »»
Caribbean countries are only too familiar with the ravages of climate change. Hurricanes yearly batter shores, floods wreak havoc and harvests wither. And the pace of global warming seems to quicken with every passing season. “The potential threat is severe,” says Dr Mark Bynoe, an environmental economist whose research is funded by the Commonwealth Secretariat, … Continue reading
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30/5/14, Reverse Osmosis Plant soon to be reality on Carriacou »»
The problem of low water supply, especially during the dry season, will soon be a thing of the past for residents of  Carriacou. The equipment for the setting up of two reverse osmosis plants has begun arriving. Mark Bynoe, Environmental Economist with the CARICOM Climate Change Centre, the funding agency, is on island along with … Continue reading
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30/5/14, Scholarships Available for Caribbean Students – Latin American Student Energy Summit »»
Latin American and Caribbean students are eligible for scholarships to attend the Latin American Student Energy Summit will take place at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City from June 9 to 21, 2014. The scholarships are intended for undergraduate students to work on energy issues (graduate students are also eligible). Applications are expected … Continue reading
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30/5/14, Youth Commit to Addressing Challenges of Climate Change as VYBZING Youth Forum 2014 Closes »»
The VYBZING Guyana 2014 Youth Forum ended today, May 23 in Georgetown with participants issuing a declaration of their commitment to address the challenges brought on by climate change. The Declaration from the youths notes that, “as vulnerable Small Island Developing States (SIDS), it is imperative that we be involved in all aspects of deliberation, … Continue reading
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30/5/14, Caribbean seeks to take full advantage of new U.N. climate fund »»
The South Korea-based Green Climate Fund (GCF) is open for business, and Caribbean countries are hoping that it will prove to be much more beneficial than other global initiatives established to deal with the impact of climate change. “Despite our region’s well-known, high vulnerability and exposure to climate change, Caribbean countries have not accessed or … Continue reading
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29/5/14, Tourism And Health Programme Launched »»
Closures of hotels and cruise ports due to outbreaks of communicable diseases, environmental challenges like climate change, and poor health and wellness in the tourism workforce, can result in significant losses  in revenue. These were the major catalysts for the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) and the Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) partnering to address issues … Continue reading
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23/5/14, Vybzing in Guyana Youth Forum »»
Peruse the Vybzing in Guyana Climate Change Youth Forum Agenda Day One A vibrant VYBZING Guyana 2014 opened on Wednesday, May 21 under the theme, ‘Youth Voices for Climate Change.’ Young people from Guyana and St. Lucia have gathered in Georgetown, Guyana to examine the impact of climate change on the Region and offer solutions … Continue reading
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18/5/14, Climate Change Youth Forum underway in Guyana this week »»
Vybzing Youth Forum Promo Produced by the CCCCC A team from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre will be in Guyana this week to facilitate a three day (May 21-23) youth forum under the theme Community Resilience to Climate Change. The “Youth Voices for Climate Change Forum”, which was developed by the Centre, is a … Continue reading
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16/5/14, Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) »»
Effective climate monitoring improves climate adaptation planning. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is working to improve climate monitoring mechanisms in the Caribbean. Under the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (EU-GCCA) Caribbean Support Project, the Centre has procured and installed more than 50 Automatic Weather Stations (AWS) procured and installed in 16 Caribbean Forum countries at a cost of approximately … Continue reading
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16/5/14, Coral Reef Early Warning System (CREWS) Stations »»
Climate Change Early Warning Systems improves climate risk planning, management and action. The Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) is working to establish an integrated regional network of climate and biological monitoring stations to strengthen the region’s early warning mechanism. Under the European Union Global Climate Change Alliance (EU-GCCA) Caribbean Support Project, the CCCCC has … Continue reading
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6/5/14, U.S. National Climate Assessment »»
The Third National Climate Assessment: Climate Change Impacts in the United States was published today. The Third National Climate Assessment (NCA), which delivers on USGCRP’s legal mandate and the President’s Climate Action Plan, is the most comprehensive, authoritative, transparent scientific report ever generated on U.S. climate impacts, both as currently observed and as projected for the future. The … Continue reading
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6/5/14, Call for nominations for the Ramsar Wetland Conservation Awards 2015 »»
The Ramsar Convention is the lead implementation partner for the Convention on Biological Diversity regarding wetlands. The Ramsar Secretariat invites you to consider nominating individuals, organizations, or initiatives for the Ramsar Convention Wetlands Awards for 2015 as per the criteria below. The Ramsar Convention Secretariat has launched a call for nominations for the sixth edition of … Continue reading
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5/5/14, CATS Research on Utility Measures »»
Caribbean Aqua-Terrestrial Solutions (CATS) is currently looking into support measures for utility management and non-revenue water. In this context, research is also being done on the availability of smartphone apps. Peruse the following iTunes and/or Android-based ones, which are all free of charge: Water Calcs Wateropolis Process Water Products, Wastewater Inflow Calculator Dosage Calc - Water Treatment Waste Water … Continue reading
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5/5/14, Four new ratifications edge landmark genetic resources treaty closer to entering into force »»
With four new ratifications in the last week, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization has received 66% of the necessary ratifications, with only 17 more ratifications needed for it to enter into force. Ratifications by Guyana, Hungary, Kenya and Vietnam bring … Continue reading
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2/5/14, Caribbean Partners in Water and Wastewater to Launch New Tools and Resources to Benefit the Region’s Water Sector »»
A slate of recently developed Caribbean Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) knowledge products,  which focus on tools geared toward building climate resilience in the Caribbean water sector, as well as, resources for the wastewater sector professionals, were launched at a two-day (April 29-30) Regional Meeting of Partners in the Water and Wastewater Sector in the Caribbean … Continue reading
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