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Solid Waste – CHAMPIONS!!!
Solid Waste – CHAMPIONS!!!

Many of us long-suffering West Indies cricket fans celebrated the Women’s, Men’s and Under-19 Boys T20 World Cup victories with the dance and shout of CHAMPION.  Unfortunately, the Caribbean it appears is also the undisputed champion Region of...

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Drought, Agriculture and Sweet Adaptation
Drought, Agriculture and Sweet Adaptation

Prior to 2014/2015, the Caribbean's last severe drought was in 2010.  In October 2014, Jamaica was in an improving drought situation, while Antigua and Barbuda reported that the meteorological drought was at that time the worst drought since...

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Impending Doom?
Impending Doom?

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now.  In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.  This is no time for apathy or complacency. This...

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Climate Change Litigation
Climate Change Litigation

This blog is being written during the second and final week of the 21st Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21/CMP11) being held in Paris and is  being chaired and hosted by France. ...

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Earthquakes Don't Kill; Falling Hospitals Do!
Earthquakes Don't Kill; Falling Hospitals Do!

Do you remember where you were at 11:36 a.m. on Thursday, 16th July, 2015? If you were in Barbados, Dominica, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Grenada, Guyana, Suriname or Trinidad and Tobago you may have felt the building you were in...

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Ecosystem Services - Biodiversity and Protected Areas
Ecosystem Services - Biodiversity and Protected Areas

Today we continue our blog series on ecosystem services that we derive from nature.  Biodiversity or biological diversity are the words we use to describe the array of plant and animal life found on our planet.  The biologically and culturally...

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Ecosystem Services – Forests
Ecosystem Services – Forests

This is the second in the series of blogs on ecosystem services.   Today, let’s look at forests and some of the services that nature provides.  Sometimes we don’t see the forests for the trees.  

Natural forests provide ecosystem services that are...

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Ecosystem Services – The Marine Environment
Ecosystem Services – The Marine Environment

Nature supplies the raw materials that we use to pursue economic development.  However, she never sends us a bill and so often these raw materials are not valued and are generally taken for granted.  In the next few environment blogs we will...

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Mickles, Muckles, and Hazard Risk Reduction
Mickles, Muckles, and Hazard Risk Reduction

It’s always a challenge to find funds for disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation (DRR/CCA). The funny thing about investment in this sector is that if you are successful then “nothing happens” and you avert “disaster”.  In a...

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Plastic...Friend or Foe?
Plastic...Friend or Foe?

It is hard to imagine life without plastic. Because of its low cost, ease of manufacture, versatility and impermeability to water, it is extremely popular and useful. Plastic has helped to make life easier for many of us on the planet. The...

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Waste or Treasure?
Waste or Treasure?

Everyone knows that pollution may be caused by wastes (solid, liquid, gases) discharged into the environment in amounts beyond its natural assimilative capacity.  I would like to suggest that we do a reframing exercise.  I would like to posit...

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Oh for a Breath of Fresh Air!
Oh for a Breath of Fresh Air!

In the Caribbean, more of our buildings are being air conditioned to make our work environment more comfortable with the intention of making us more productive.  However, sometimes this objective has unintended consequences, and not enough fresh...

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Do or Die?
Do or Die?

Climate-Change-3The Climate Change Conference, also known as the 20th session of the Conference of the Parties and the 10th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol took place from 1st to 14th...

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Climate Change – Time for Action
Climate Change – Time for Action

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in the final instalment of their once-every-seven-year report indicates that "Human influence on the climate system is clear, and recent anthropogenic emissions of greenhouse gases are the...

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Water Security for the Caribbean
Water Security for the Caribbean

David Boyce presented a paper at the 23rd annual Caribbean Water and Wastewater Association Conference that just concluded in the Bahamas.  His paper indicated that a study of the regional water sector undertaken by the Caribbean Development Bank...

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World Environment Day 2013
World Environment Day 2013

Environmental Sustainability is one of the cross-cutting themes for the Caribbean Leadership Project. As part of CLP's observation of World Environment Day 2013, we would like to share this article from the SIDS website which focuses on the theme...

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