Caribbean
Caribbean
Advocacy

See our October 24 agenda and join us for the JPAC public forum on disaster resilience in Puerto Rico!

Montreal, 16 October 2019—In just one week, the Commission for Environmental Cooperation’s Joint Public Advisory Committee (JPAC) will be hosting its first-ever meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. This public forum will feature the lived experiences of people from cities, remote and coastal communities and Indigenous nations who have faced climate emergencies, and will capture their efforts toward building disaster resilience.

Caribbean
Engineering

Florida: The High Cost of Erosion | Business

Beach replenishment may be necessary to protect coastal areas now, but it is not sustainable in the long run because sea level rise is accelerating

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Sargassum: A regional menace

Sargassum has impacted the entire southern Gulf region. Here is a rundown.

Caribbean
Science

Preparing for nightmare scenario: Team checking on Bahamas coral expects to see destruction

A team set out from West Palm Beach this week to test the coral in the Bahamas after Cat 5 Hurricane Dorian. The Northern Bahamas relies on its coral reefs for food and tourism dollars.

Caribbean
Tourism

Tourism Resilience Summit In Progress Government of Jamaica

Local and overseas tourism and environment stakeholders are now in Jamaica for the second Tourism Resilience Summit of the Americas, now under way at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters in St. Andrew.

Caribbean
Tourism

Cayman Islands: A deep dive into the seaweed

You smell it, before you see it. That pungent rotten-egg scent that carries on the sea breeze is the first warning sign of an unwelcome visitor to Cayman’s shores.

Caribbean
Advocacy

Jamacian Mangroves affect coastal clean-up at Folly, but other areas get attention

Portlanders last Saturday turned out in impressive numbers and participated in International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, even as one group's effort to rid the beach at Folly of plastics was hampered by mangroves.

Southeast
Science

FSU study: Fish may be key to controlling growth of reef bacteria

In response to local and global climate stressors, a type of bright red bacteria has proliferated on reefs worldwide often snuffing the life out of precious corals and changing the reef ecosystem.

Caribbean
Tourism

Mitigation Plans for Coastal Municipalities Do Not Include Dealing with Sargassum

Although the algae represent a health and economic problem for citizens and the tourism industry, concern over it still does not show on the radar of municipalities and agencies as an issue to be addressed.

Caribbean
Tourism

Puerto Rico Reveals Tourism Industry's Record Comeback on Anniversary of Hurricane Maria

As Puerto Rico marks the two-year anniversary today of Hurricane Maria, an event that devastated the island and left it reeling, local officials are feeling hopeful and expressing optimism about the significant amount of progress that has been made with the island’s recovery.

Caribbean
Property

Navigating the logistics of recovery after Hurricane Dorian

While agencies and logistics firms are improving their ability to get supplies to ports of entry in disaster zones, the last mile is often where visibility breaks down.

Caribbean
Tourism

The Cayman Islands Are Trendsetters In Marine Conservation Tourism

Cayman Islands is the coastal home to 119,605 km2 of national waters that includes the deepest area of the Caribbean Sea (known as the Cayman Trench— at approximately 25,216 feet below sea level), hundreds of dive sites, 60 species of coral and more than 500 fish species. The beauty and diversity of the three islands’ marine environment has earned it multiple awards for Best Overall Dive Destination in the Caribbean and more than $69 million in marine-related tourism income (Wolfs Company, 2017).

Caribbean
Property

Turning The Tide: In Loíza, Puerto Rico, A Community Fights For Its Future

Standing on the windswept beach, Guillermo Carmona looked out at the white-capped cerulean blue ocean and the hulk of a building that was once a beloved community center hosting town meetings and dances. Today, its scalloped roof slumps and its walls are pocked with gaping holes. The floor is littered with broken glass, sea bird droppings and trash. Nearby buildings are similarly decrepit; they once housed a fish market and an early childhood education program.

Caribbean
Science

Caribbean fish love catastrophic hurricane

Hurricanes like Dorian and Maria may be disastrous for humans and their property, but some fish have actually evolved to thrive in severe weather.

Caribbean
Engineering

The First Hurricane Relief Drone Was Ready to Fly—Then Dorian Hit

A drone company on Great Abaco, in the Bahamas, was prepared to deliver emergency supplies if the hurricane struck. Dorian had other plans.

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Caribbean
Science

Caribbean. Two Years Post Irma: Marine Life Begins to Recover

Two years after hurricanes Irma and Maria ripped through the islands, optimistic nature lovers are quick to point out signs of recovery – sea grape trees are once more putting out fruit; at least one species of humming birds is frequenting bird feeders; and snorkelers can find spots where schools of fish thrive and sea fans wave in the currents.

Caribbean
Property

Cayman Islands: DoE raises concerns over Beach Bay hotel

CNS): A controversial $167 million resort project proposed for the quiet residential community of Beach Bay has not only raised significant concerns for the residents in the area but also the Department of Environment. The DoE has said that the National Conservation Council does not require the developers to conduct an EIA because local experts are already familiar with the site. However, the department has identified a number of problems with the planned development.

Caribbean
Property

Parametric Caribbean Catastrophe Pool to Provide Quick Payout to Bahamas After Dorian

Some of the first financial relief the Bahamas receives in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian may be a rapid insurance payout from a novel program just 12 years old.

Caribbean
Engineering

Reforestation operation in Tulum carried out to fight beach erosion

TULUM, Q. Roo.- “The reforestation of sand dunes in all beach accesses is a permanent task carried out by the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp), in the Tulum National Park”, said the director of that area, Fernando Orozco Ojeda.

Caribbean
Property

Mexico officials seek to convince 156,000 baby boomers to retire in Quintana Roo

The Mexican Association of Real Estate Professionals (AMPI) joined the Mexican Association of Retirement Assistance (AMAR) will offer housing for retirees from the US and Canada.

Caribbean
Property

The Pace of Disaster Is Accelerating. Are We Ready?

The impacts of rising sea levels and increasing climate instability may force hard choices in the years to come.

Caribbean
Tourism

U.S. Virgin Islands’ ban on harmful sunscreens to go into effect Jan. 1

Travelers heading to the U.S. Virgin Islands may want to rethink what type of sunscreen they pack. The territory recently outlawed sunscreens with ingredients believed to harm coral reefs and other marine life. It’s not the first such law — Hawaii and Key West, Fla., have passed similar measures — but it may be the first American entity to enforce such a ban.

Caribbean
Tourism

Virgin Islands: Islands Stagger Under Weight of Sargassum

This summer’s influx of sargassum seaweed is threatening to overwhelm the Bovoni landfill and has prompted government agencies to search for another way to manage its disposal.

Caribbean
Energy

BPC to use Seadrill rig for Bahamas drilling. Might do it without farm-in partner

Bahamas Petroleum Company has entered into a framework agreement with drilling contractor Seadrill, setting the terms for the potential use of Seadrill’s drilling rig for its first exploration well in the Bahamas in 2020.

Caribbean
Federal

St. Thomas, USVI: Governor Continuing to Press FEMA

Richard Motta, director of communications for Gov. Albert Bryan Jr., addresses the media at Government House, St. Croix to press for release of hurricane recovery funds.

Caribbean
Tourism

How To Handle A Massive Seaweed Invasion? Yucatán Towns Get Creative

"It's the sargassum," my divemaster from Tulaka Diving told me resignedly. "It's coming over from Brazil, and getting worse every year."

Caribbean
Advocacy

Keys Couple Uses Art to Inspire Others, Protect Nature

Victoria Cassar and Ian Wilson-Navarro create art that sparks conversations about nature and how to protect it. The couple uses different mediums — sculpture for Cassar and photography for Wilson-Navarro — that complement each other’s work. The pair live in Tavernier and use their home base in the Keys to create art that spreads awareness and moves people.

Southeast
Federal

Florida Delegation on Capitol Hill Champions Coral Reef Conservation

Members of the Florida congressional delegation are working together to push for updating and reauthorizing the “Coral Reef Conservation Act” which expired 15 years ago.

Caribbean
Tourism

Tulum: Beaches ruined by rotten seaweed along pristine beaches in Mexico

For years, this tourist hotspot has relied on a simple, effective formula. Good food, cheap booze and the world’s best beaches. The latter is now a lie.

Gulf of Mexico
Science

Where there’s smoke, there’s seaweed?

A University of Miami study released last week found that smoke from African fires burning wild or to clear land has more usable phosphorus in it than Saharan dust — long thought a potential culprit in over-nourishing far away marine ecosystems and South American flora.

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