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Road-based transport networks are considered amongst the most vital systems to social and economic growth (Hughes & Healy, 2014). These systems support the movement of goods and services over long distances for a rapidly growing global...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
"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...Read more >>
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. ...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
The 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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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...Read more >>
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