Bahamas


Mangroves can prevent billions of dollars in flooding damage

Mangroves serve as speed-breakers in coastal storms, cyclones and tsunami (Photo by Stephan Ridgway)   Hurricanes and tropical storms are estimated to cost the U.S. economy more than US$50 billion yearly in damage from winds and flooding. And as these storms travel across the Atlantic, they also ravage many Caribbean nations.  ...

Is There More to the Caribbean’s Single-Use Plastics Ban Than Meets the Eye?

  A compilation image showing the polluted north coast of Curaçao juxtaposed with the ocean. Photo by Bastian on flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0   The Caribbean has spoken out against single-use plastics and its inevitable environmental pollution for a long time.   In 2006, for instance, one Barbados-based blog advocated for the...

Hurricanes, Heat Waves, Fires Ravaged Planet in 2017

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Fierce hurricanes, heat waves, floods and wildfires ravaged the planet in 2017, as scientists said the role of climate change in causing or worsening certain natural disasters has grown increasingly clear. It was also the year the world’s second largest polluter, the United States, turned...

Caribbean Biomass Initiative

BACKGROUND Dr. Tawainga Katsvairo, Caribbean Initiative Director The 23 Caribbean island countries with their 42 million inhabitants share a common history of colonization and agriculture that has shaped their economic, social and cultural development. The rise and fall of the sugar cane industry has been one of the most significant...

BAHAMAS SUSPENDS NEW OIL EXPLORATION LICENCES

The Bahamas government says it will not consider new oil exploration or drilling applications for the vast archipelago’s waters until a “very stringent” environmental framework is put in place. The environment ministry will also review existing licences in order to safeguard the 700 islands’ marine environment in the wake of...