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Dominica Lost Almost All Its GDP Due To Climate Change, Says World Bank

December 3, 2015           ROSEAU, Dominica – Tropical Storm Erika wiped out 90 per cent of Dominica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the rapid damage and impact assessment conducted by the island’s government in collaboration with the World Bank, United Nations, and other development partners with funding support from the […]

The Bahamas Could Vanish if Urgent Action is not Taken to Reverse Climate Change

December 2, 2015           PARIS, France, CNS – The postcards portray sand, sea and sun. The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, comprising 700 islands and cays that range from uninhabited to resort-packed. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to the sprawling Atlantis resort, are among […]

Pushing the Caribbean Agenda in Paris – St Kitts-Nevis PM makes Impassioned Plea at Climate Change Conference

December 1, 2015           PARIS, France (CMC) – St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on the international community to “negotiate and agree a legally-binding agreement with ambitious emission reduction targets”. Addressing the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Harris reiterated […]

Sea Level Rise: What Does it Mean for Antigua and Barbuda

November 25, 2015         ST JOHN’S, Antigua, CNS – Climate change will have many devastating effects related to changes in weather patterns, but the greatest damage will be caused by rising sea level. Antigua and Barbuda is poised to suffer from this with critical infrastructure below sea level. Sea level rises as […]

Jamaica’s Aging Water Systems Falter Under Intense Heat and Drought

Kingston, Jamaica – This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts. As temperatures exceeded 93.7 F (34.2 Celsius) in several areas, the Meteorological Service urged Jamaicans to “Wake up to the realisation that climate change is already a fact […]

Panos Caribbean Launches ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ Selfie Video Challenge

Kingston, Jamaica – Panos Caribbean has launched the ‘1.5 To Stay Alive Selfie Video Challenge’, as part of efforts to amplify Caribbean voices on climate change. The challenge comes ahead of the international climate change negotiations set for Paris, beginning the end of this month, and is counted among the ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ campaign activities […]

Major Adaption Targets Announced in the Fight Against Climate Change

St. John’s, Antigua – Three major plans are in the pipeline for Antigua and Barbuda as the country continues to lead the charge in the fight against soaring electricity bills, climate change, global warming and greenhouse gases. While addressing a recent media session at the Environment Department, Minister of the Environment Molwyn Joseph announced that […]

JetBlue Boss Makes Case For an Environmentally Friendly Caribbean

October 25, 2015         WILLEMSTAD, Curaçao, CNS – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JetBlue Robin Hayes is making the case for investment in environmental conservation. Hayes said governments need to see value in the upkeep of the natural surroundings. “Too often around the world, countries fail to see the link […]

Climate Change and the Caribbean

October 22, 2015       PORT OF SPAIN – This debate surrounding our climate has polarized the world into two different groups for a long time; some theorists maintain that an intrinsic characteristic of climate is that it changes while a large percent of others support the theory that global warming is anthropogenic or […]

Gov’t Allocates Initial $5m For Removal Of Sargassum

Kingston, Jamaica (JIS) – Government has allocated an initial sum of $5 million for clean-up and disposal of the sargassum (a brown seaweed with berry-like air bladders) currently affecting beaches and coastlines across the island and the wider Caribbean. This was disclosed by Director of Environmental Management at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), […]