Climate Change Creates New Geography of Food

By Fabiola Ortiz Cándido Menzúa Salazar, national coordinator of the indigenous peoples of Panama, addressed the audience at the Global Landscapes Forum, the largest side event at COP 20 in Lima, on how climate change altered his agroforestry practices. Credit: Audry Córdova/COP20 Lima   LIMA, Dec 12 2014 (IPS) – The magnitude of the climate changes brought […]

New climate normal’ poses severe risks to development in the Caribbean

WASHINGTON, USA (World Bank) — As the planet warms further, heat-waves and other weather extremes that today occur once in hundreds of years, if ever, would become the “new climate normal,” creating a world of increased risks and instability. The consequences for development in Latin America and the Caribbean would be severe as crop yields […]

A game-changing week on climate change

  UN CLIMATE WALL AT COP 15, COPENHAGEN. (CREDIT: TROELS DEJGAARD HANSEN/CC BY 2.0) NEW YORK, United States, Friday November 21, 2014, IPS – In recent days, two major developments have injected new life into international action on climate change. At the G20 summit in Australia, the United States pledged 3 billion dollars and Japan pledged […]

Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus

Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN) recently released the publication ‘Understanding the Energy-Water Nexus’ that can be downloaded at Why is it important? Climate change is a global problem, and one of the main challenges facing mankind this century. Climate change is driven mainly by energy use and land use changes, but at the […]

Plug-In Hybrids Are The Best Competitors To Fuel-Cell Vehicles: Here’s Why

With the imminent unveiling of the Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicle, and the Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell already on sale, you can expect to hear a lot more about hydrogen fuel-cell vehicles in the coming months. Initially they will be offered only in very low numbers, and restricted to Southern California, where the state and the […]

UN Releases Six Briefs for SIDS Conference Partnership Dialogues

The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has released a series of six briefing papers on priority themes for discussion during the Third International Conference on Small Island Development States (SIDS), set to take place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The SIDS conference will include six multi-stakeholder ‘Partnership Dialogues’ intended to […]

Dredging activity near corals can increase frequency of diseases

In a world-first study published on July 17th, researchers say dredging activity near coral reefs can increase the frequency of diseases affecting corals. ‘At dredging sites, we found more than twice as much coral disease than at our control sites,’ says the lead author of the study, Joe Pollock, a PhD candidate from the ARC […]

Study Confirms Failure To Protect Coral Reefs, Marine Life

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) says an international study predicting the wiping out of most of Jamaica and the Caribbean’s coral reefs confirms the failure of authorities to take corrective steps over many decades.  Last week, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature published its report: Status and Trends of Caribbean Coral Reefs: 1970-2012 […]

Calabash Grenada Announces Multi-million Dollar Upgrade

Green Globe member Calabash Grenada announces a major upgrade to its resort following its recent recertification as a sustainable tourism operation. The multi-million dollar project will bring standards at the five-star resort to an increased level of luxury and improve its quality of service. The all-suite resort, which also features five top end villas, attracts […]

ECLAC Highlights Equality and Sustainable Development Compacts

6 May 2014: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has launched ‘Compacts for Equality: Towards a Sustainable Future,’ which discusses the two major challenges to development in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC): achieving greater equality; and making development sustainable for future generations. The document was prepared for ECLAC’s 35th Session, which […]