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4/2/16, Green jobs boom: The frontline of the new solar economy »»
The growth in renewable energy is fuelling new jobs in Asia and Africa. Meet three beneficiaries of the new green economy from Zambia, Pakistan and Kenya Placing portable solar panels on roof of house to charge, Longisa, Bomet district, Kenya Photograph: Corrie Wingate  While the price of oil is plummeting, taking with it a significant … Continue reading
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3/2/16, Japan and UNDP launch climate change project in eight Caribbean countries »»
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 below 2 degrees Celsius and to drive efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius above … Continue reading
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3/2/16, Tackling climate change in the Caribbean »»
The world is still celebrating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the main outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Its ambitions are unprecedented: not only has the world committed to limit the increase of temperature to “well below 2°C above pre-industrial levels,” it has … Continue reading
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2/2/16, Geothermal Energy in Nevis »»
Legislators on the tiny volcanic island of Nevis in the northern region of the Lesser Antilles say they are on a path to going completely green and have now set a date when they will replace diesel-fired electrical generation with 100 per cent renewable energy. The island, with a population of 12,000 currently imports 4.2 … Continue reading
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27/1/16, IDB fund climate change adaptation programme in Tobago involving underwater sculptures »»
The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has provided US$500,000 in grant financing to The Cropper Foundation in Trinidad and Tobago to implement a pilot programme utilizing underwater sculptures as a unique approach to climate change adaptation in the Buccoo Reef area. Trinidadian artist Peter Minshall will create two Carnival-themed sculptures, part of a work known as … Continue reading
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27/1/16, Atlantic, Caribbean storms more destructive as temperatures rise – study »»
Hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean oceans will grow more than twice as powerful and damaging as ocean temperatures rise from global warming, a new study says. Warming seas could produce more rainfall and far more destructive storm surges of water along the ocean shorelines in the next 50 to 100 years, said the study … Continue reading
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27/1/16, One Fish Two Fish, No Fish: Rebuilding of Fish Stocks Urgently Needed »»
A major new study has revealed that the global seafood catch is much larger and declining much faster than previously known. The study, by the University of British Columbia near Vancouver, reconstructed the global catch between 1950 and 2010 and found that it was 30 per cent higher than what countries have been reporting to … Continue reading
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26/1/16, Multimillion-dollar regional climate change initiative to be launched in Barbados »»
A new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change will be launched in Barbados on January 28. The Caribbean Community (Caricom), Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the US$15-million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) that will bring together policymakers, experts and representatives of affected … Continue reading
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26/1/16, Jamaica to boost investments in renewables »»
By year’s end, Jamaica will add 115 mega watts (MW) of renewable capacity to the power grid, in its quest to reduce energy costs and diversify the energy mix in electricity generation to 30 per cent by 2030. With 90 per cent of its electricity coming from fossil fuels, the government is committed to reducing … Continue reading
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26/1/16, Grenada hosting inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy conference »»
A four-day inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy Conference and Exposition began here on Wednesday with Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell indicating that Grenada is fully committed to working towards a zero-waste economy. He told delegates attending the conference, which is intended to improve understanding that effectively managed waste can be a renewable resource, that it … Continue reading
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26/1/16, Caricom and Italy strengthen ties »»
The Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Italy continued on the path of stronger relations on Wednesday as the new Italian Ambassador to the Community presented his credentials at the Secretariat’s Georgetown, Guyana headquarters. Both men emphasised the strength of the friendship between CARICOM and Italy with Mignano pointing to the similarities, particularly of lifestyle, between the … Continue reading
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19/1/16, More Challenges For Antigua As Drought Continues »»
Climate change has brought with it many challenges for the people of Antigua and Barbuda. Residents here have been building dams and ponds for centuries, harvesting rainwater to irrigate crops and provide drinking water for their livestock. But for more than two years the island’s main reservoir, the Potswork Dam, has been dry. With the … Continue reading
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18/1/16, Incoming Chair of CARICOM prioritises benefits for people in 2016 »»
“People of the Caribbean Community, we have a lot to be proud of and a lot to look forward to. Let us strive to make 2016 one to remember as a landmark year for our integration movement.” – The Hon Dean Barrow, Prime Minister of Belize and Incoming Chairman of CARICOM With the firm resolution to … Continue reading
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18/1/16, US Embassy – Bridgetown installs largest wind turbine in Barbados »»
PRESS RELEASE – The largest single wind turbine in Barbados has been installed at the U.S. Embassy to Barbados, the Eastern Caribbean, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States. The 20 kilowatt turbine, which is also the largest operating at any U.S. embassy in the world, underscores Embassy Bridgetown’s commitment to clean, renewable energy development … Continue reading
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18/1/16, Jamaica’s drought tool could turn table on climate change »»
On a very dry November 2013, Jamaica’s Meteorological Service made its first official drought forecast when the newly developed Climate Predictability Tool (CPT) was used to predict a high probability of below average rainfall in the coming three months. By February, the agency had officially declared a drought in the eastern and central parishes of … Continue reading
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18/1/16, COP 21 showed unity among Caribbean countries (repost) »»
THE Caribbean Community’s (Caricom) well prepared and experienced team of negotiators, and a focused, unified campaign, helped Caricom get its red line climate change issues all represented in the final Agreement at the just ended Climate Change conference, COP 21, in Paris, France. Caricom Secretary-General Irwin LaRocque has hailed the strong regional collaboration, given the … Continue reading
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18/1/16, Historical representation of 5Cs at Paris Climate Change Talks (repost) »»
The Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (CCCCC) attended the 21st Conference of the Parties held in Paris, France this week. The team of delegates was led by the executive director of CCCCC, Dr. Kenrick Leslie, and International and Regional Liaison Officer, Carlos Fuller who represented Belize at the convention. The convention ended on Saturday night after … Continue reading
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13/1/16, A Step Towards A Common Vocabulary for Climate Change Information »»
Locating good quality and relevant information to help address climate change can be a challenging and time consuming task. Paradoxically, in an increasingly interconnected and information rich world, the sheer volume of information being produced globally and the multiplicity of possible sources can make identifying and accessing the right information for your own particular context … Continue reading
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11/1/16, 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 the reaction is positive, I … Continue reading
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11/1/16, THE ISSUE: Tourism industry at risk »»
How worried should Barbados be about climate change? As a small island economy with little industrial production and hence small emissions of green house gases, Barbados is not considered a major player when it comes to causing problems associated with climate change. However, its small island status, and economic vulnerability means that Barbados, like its Caribbean … Continue reading
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11/1/16, Caribbean RoundUp »»
Caribbean Ministers of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and Francesco La Camera, director general of Italy’s Ministry of the Environment recently signed a £6 million project to assist CARICOM) member states to mitigate climate variability and change. The project, which was negotiated between the Caribbean Community Climate Change Center (5Cs) and the Ministry of the Environment, … Continue reading
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11/1/16, Fighting Climate Change in Cayman »»
Earlier this month, 195 countries at COP21 came together to form the Paris Agreement, a treaty to combat climate change and target actions and investment towards a low carbon, resilient, and sustainable future. The agreement seeks to offer protection to small, low-lying islands such as the Cayman Islands, by delineating plans to keep global warming … Continue reading
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7/1/16, CARICOM Secretary General visits 5Cs »»
CARICOM Secretary-General, Ambassador Irwin LaRocque paid a courtesy call to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) on January 6th, while in Belize.  Ambassador LaRocque was accompanied by the Chef de Cabinet at the CARICOM Secretariat, Ms. Glenda Itiaba. They met the staff and the Executive Director of the Centre, Kenrick Leslie. LaRocque indicated that … Continue reading
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6/1/16, CCCCC delivers Photovoltaic System in Barbados »»
  In late December 2015, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) handed over the photovoltaic system at the Carlton pumping Station to the people of Barbados. Dr. John Mwansa, General Manager for the Barbados Water Authority said “We are very thankful to the 5C’s and the European Union; the E.U. for providing the finances … Continue reading
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4/1/16, ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ Campaign Hailed A Success By CARICOM »»
The ‘1.5 to Stay Alive’ campaign – run primarily in the lead-up to and during the recent international climate talks in Paris – has been given praise by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart. “CARICOM’s interests were strongly represented in a focused and coordinated manner by heads of government, ministers, the CARICOM secretary-general (Irwin LaRocque)and … Continue reading
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16/12/15, Working Towards a Sustainable Future »»
As the world celebrates adoption of the Paris Agreement where 195 countries committed to action to address climate change, 20 countries from Latin American and the Caribbean continue to work towards a regional agreement to ensure environmental justice, access to environmental information and public participation in environmental governance. Unfortunately, the negotiations progressed rather slowly as … Continue reading
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12/12/15, COP21 climate change summit reaches deal in Paris »»
A deal to attempt to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C has been agreed at the climate change summit in Paris after two weeks of negotiations.  The pact is the first to commit all countries to cut carbon emissions. The agreement is partly legally binding and partly voluntary.  Earlier, key blocs, … Continue reading
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12/12/15, Nearly 200 Nations Adopt Climate Agreement At COP21 Talks In Paris »»
  In what supporters are calling a historic achievement, 196 nations attending the COP21 climate meetings outside Paris voted to adopt an agreement Saturday that covers both developed and developing countries. Their respective governments will now need to adopt the deal. Presenting the plan aimed at curbing global warming ahead of Saturday’s vote, France’s Foreign … Continue reading
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12/12/15, Small Islands Drive Huge Ambition as Deal Reportedly Close at Paris Climate Talks »»
LE BOURGET, France — The Paris climate-change conference was supposed to be about the needs of big countries and what they are willing to do to slow the warming of Earth’s atmosphere. But in the end, the two weeks of sometimes round-the-clock negotiations have focused at least as much on some of the smallest, most … Continue reading
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12/12/15, EU joins poor nations to seek ambitious climate deal »»
Europe has joined forces with some of the poorest countries in the world to call for an ambitious global climate deal as the clock ticks on crucial UN talks. More than 100 countries across the European Union and African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) states have agreed they want to see a legally binding, ambitious and … Continue reading
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10/12/15, Climate Talks: What’s at Stake for the World’s Species »»
Infographic shows how even under 2 degrees Celsius of global warming, one in 20 species could go extinct, at great cost to economies, health and food. Editor’s Note: This infographic is part of the ICN “What’s at Stake” series highlighting the key impacts associated with climate change. See also What’s at Stake for the World’s … Continue reading
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9/12/15, CARIBBEAN: Caribbean youths outline their expectations from COP21 »»
PRESS RELEASE – The Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN), a youth advocacy group representing more than 800 young people in the Caribbean and Latin America, has placed on the table its expectations from the ongoing UN Climate Change Conference (COP21), now in its second week in Paris. Nickson Barry, the President of the Grenada chapter … Continue reading
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9/12/15, GCF signs grant agreement with Guyana and CARICOM in Paris »»
Guyana signed a readiness grant agreement with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) in Paris on Tuesday, December 08, 2015. The funding will provide USD 300,000 to Guyana to help the country build capacity to access GCF funding for its priority projects in the future. This project, which … Continue reading
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9/12/15, Save a Human Being, Hug a tree »»
Do you remember that groovy 90’s tune by Counting Crows and Vanessa Carlton that goes, ““they paved paradise and put up a parking lot…took all the trees and put them in a tree museum and charged the people a dollar and a half to see ‘em.” These words ring very true in Trinidad and Tobago … Continue reading
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8/12/15, 1.5 Degrees Celsius Remains In Play At Paris Climate Talks »»
After a week of deliberations at the United Nations climate talks in Paris, 1.5 degrees Celsius as a possible target for holding the increase in global temperatures – crucial for islands like Jamaica and others of the Caribbean – remains in play. “Parties hereby establish the global goal of enhancing adaptive capacity, strengthening resilience, and … Continue reading
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8/12/15, Caribbean Hotel And Tourism Assoc. Urges UN Conference To Support CARICOM Position On Climate Change »»
The Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA) is calling on the global community to support CARICOM’s position advocating for a cap on the world’s temperature rise at 1.5 degrees Centigrade as part of their deliberations during the United Nations Climate Change Conference, taking place in Paris from Nov. 30 – Dec. 11, 2015. In a … Continue reading
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8/12/15, Caribbean stakes space at COP21 »»
  For the first time ever, the Caribbean has a designated space at the international climate talks — one designed to facilitate deliberation on emergent issues while providing a taste of the region and its offerings to the world. It has been made possible through the collaborative efforts of Caribbean partners, notably the Caribbean Development Bank, … Continue reading
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8/12/15, St. Lucia supports ambitious 1.5 degrees Celsius limit on future global temperature rise »»
As global leaders meet for the 2015 Paris Climate Conference dubbed COP 21, Caribbean heads, including St. Lucia’s Prime Minister Dr. Kenny Anthony is making strong representation for the region at the summit. Addressing the opening on November 30, 2015, Dr. Anthony said that the world must spare no effort to put on a trajectory, … Continue reading
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8/12/15, Will The World Reach An Agreement To Avert Climate Disaster This Week? »»
The negotiations at COP21 in Paris are halfway over, and the world will have a new universal climate agreement by the end of the week. But just how vigorous those commitments will be remains to be seen. After whittling down a four-years-in-the-making draft agreement to 48 pages last week, negotiators will spend the remaining days of … Continue reading
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7/12/15, Climate Change and Floods, the Uninvited Guests of Guyana »»
 Mrs Doodnauth is being interviewed about the fact that the effects of climate change are what led the family to abandon their home and farmlands in the Mahaica Creek and relocate to an area identified by the authorities. She was clear climate change was not the reason.- “And what’s the reason?” “Too much rain,” she … Continue reading
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7/12/15, Resource mobilization for adapting to impacts of climate change »»
  After years of working with grassroots organizations in Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States, I can confidently say that communities around the developing world are acutely aware of the toll climate change is taking. But it is also the case that these communities possess the knowledge and will to adapt to those … Continue reading
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7/12/15, Highlights of Lima-Paris Action Agenda Presented at COP21 »»
During COP21, the LPAA partners are responding to the “Lima Call for Climate Action” launched at COP20 by convening a series of events that showcase actions and commitments by LPAA stakeholders. A series of LPAA Focus high level events highlights commitments in each of the 12 LPAA Action Areas. Source: Climate Conference
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6/12/15, Climate health highlighted at COP21- A Trinidadian’s Perspective »»
  “Climate change, and all of its dire consequences for health, should be at centre-stage, right now, whenever talk turns to the future of human civilizations. After all, that’s what’s at stake.” – Dr Margaret Chan, Director-General, World Health Organization Many Trinbagonians are proud to say that Trinidad and Tobago is one of the wealthiest … Continue reading
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5/12/15, UN Secretary-General Announces “Climate Action 2016” Partnership »»
The Secretary-General said: “I am heartened by the significant and growing coalitions that are emerging to tackle the challenges of climate change and realize new opportunities. I am pleased to be joined by so many key partners to scale climate action efforts and make them sustainable.” The Secretary-General, joined by the World Bank; the Global … Continue reading
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5/12/15, Why engage Youth: COP21 Education Day »»
Education is crucial to promote changes in lifestyles, attitudes and behavior needed to foster sustainable development and to address climate change. That’s why UNFCCC got involved in many activities for young people – i.e. a video competition.       Source: UN Framework on Climate Change
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5/12/15, Ban Ki-Moon Closing Address at COP21 Action Day Innovation, Imagination, Faster Climate Action »»
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon gave the following address at the close of COP21 Action Day in Paris: “I thank President Hollande for convening this gathering, and for France’s engagement as one of the co-leaders of the Lima-Paris Action Agenda, along with Peru, the United Nations and the UNFCCC. I have been looking forward to Action … Continue reading
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4/12/15, The Caribbean Needs a 1.5 C binding outcome at COP21 »»
  The Caribbean region is enduring the brunt of the ravaging effects of climate change. Sea level rise, frequent and intense natural hazards; extended dry seasons, loss of livelihood and the very disappearance of some of our islands are among the clear and present dangers that we face. The economic costs of climate change are … Continue reading
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4/12/15, Female Farmers strive to Combat Climate Change in the Caribbean »»
In the Caribbean, some women find themselves on the frontline with the battle to mitigate climate change. Meet Dr. Krystal Cox. She is one of three  girls who all studied medicine and got medical degrees. Unlike her two siblings who stayed in the medical profession, Cox, 32, is working in a different field. She works … Continue reading
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4/12/15, Caribbean leaders meet with US president on climate change »»
US President Barack Obama underscored the impact of climate change on the world’s most vulnerable countries in a meeting with the heads of government of small island countries on Tuesday. The 40-odd countries in the Alliance of Small Island States (AOSIS) negotiating group at the COP 21 climate conference face rising sea levels that threaten … Continue reading
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3/12/15, Youth call for leaders to follow footsteps of Climate Vulnerable Forum »»
Meet the new kid in town – The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). Their ability to impact the negotiations is not be underestimated. This group of developing countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean has been stealing the show at COP 21 over the last few days. CVF is a truly diverse group of … Continue reading
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