Central America & the Caribbean

"Zika Has All But Disappeared In The Americas. Why?"

"One. That is the total number of locally transmitted Zika cases confirmed in the continental United States this year, as of mid-August. That single case, recorded on 26 July in Hidalgo County in Texas, which borders Mexico, contrasts with hundreds of cases of local transmission last year."

Source: Science, 08/18/2017
May 11, 2017 to May 12, 2017

Caribbean Transitional Energy Conference

The conference aims to generate solutions to facilitate the delivery of the Cayman Islands National Energy Policy. Discussions will be themed around the most pressing sustainability needs of the Cayman Islands and the Caribbean region, including low carbon pathways and the commercial opportunity, regulatory framework, utility business model of renewables, review of renewable energy penetration achieved in island nations through new storage solutions and more.

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"The Most Dangerous Place on Earth to Be an Environmentalist"

"The assassination of Goldman Prize-winning activist Berta Cáceres last March shocked the global community. But in her home country of Honduras, where more than 100 activists have been cut down in the past five years, it was business as usual."

Source: Outside, 12/01/2016

"A Month After Hurricane Matthew, 800,000 Haitians Urgently Need Food"

"FONDTOUTANU, Haiti — There is no food, so along the road through the mountains there are children begging for something to eat. Most of the trucks rumble past with donations for somewhere else. But one stopped here the other day with sacks of rice, beans and dried herring, setting off a stampede."

Source: Wash Post, 11/04/2016

"Scientists Are Bewildered By Zika’s Path Across Latin America"

"Nearly nine months after Zika was declared a global health emergency, the virus has infected at least 650,000 people in Latin America and the Caribbean, including tens of thousands of expectant mothers. But to the great bewilderment of scientists, the epidemic has not produced the wave of fetal deformities so widely feared when the images of misshapen infants first emerged from Brazil. Instead, Zika has left a puzzling and distinctly uneven pattern of damage across the Americas."

Source: Wash Post, 10/27/2016

U.N. Fears More Cholera In Haiti After Storm; Protests Slowing Relief

"The scale of a cholera outbreak in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew may be underreported because remote areas are cut off, a United Nations official in charge of controlling the disease said on Tuesday, adding protests over slow aid made the problem worse."

Source: Reuters, 10/19/2016

"Obama Says U.S. Government Prepared To Respond To Hurricane Matthew"

"President Barack Obama on Wednesday said the U.S. government has teams and supplies positioned to respond to Hurricane Matthew as the storm barrels toward Florida and other southeastern states." Millions were told to evacuate in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Source: Reuters, 10/06/2016

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