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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Juan's newly vibrant startup scene is taking on the island's troubles.
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.
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.
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).
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.
A drone company on Great Abaco, in the Bahamas, was prepared to deliver emergency supplies if the hurricane struck. Dorian had other plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The impacts of rising sea levels and increasing climate instability may force hard choices in the years to come.
Researchers are learning how to cope with the arrival of the sargassum’s “brown tide."
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.
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.
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.
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.
"It's the sargassum," my divemaster from Tulaka Diving told me resignedly. "It's coming over from Brazil, and getting worse every year."
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.
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.
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.
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.