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Small Island Countries Aren’t Waiting for Rich Countries to Act on Climate

  On September 18, 2017, the category-5 Hurricane Maria ravaged the shores of Dominica,  damaging or destroying 90 percent of its buildings and causing damage equivalent to 200 percent of the small Caribbean island nation’s GDP.   In the aftermath, 20 percent of Dominica’s roughly 70,000 inhabitants had to flee due to lost homes or...

We all have a duty to protect our oceans

Students of Barbados Combermere School Inspects Navigation Maps Abroad he NOAA Ronald H. Brown Research Ship    Nobel Laureate Derek Walcott wrote, “The sea is history.”  Scientific theory holds that life on earth began shortly after the formation of the world’s oceans 4.4 billion years ago and may have started...

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...