Central America & the Caribbean

October 4, 2023

DEADLINE: Dart Center Documentary Film Fellowship

This program, Feb 11-17, 2024 in Grand Cayman, is for senior and mid-career filmmakers to deepen their knowledge of emotional trauma and psychological injury, delve into documentary ethics and craft challenges and enrich their professional engagement around violence, conflict and tragedy. Apply by Oct 4.

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#SEJSpotlight: Emilio Godoy, Freelance Journalist

Meet SEJ member Emilio Godoy! Emilio has been a journalist since 1996. Based in Mexico, since 2007 Emilio has focused his work on the socio-economic and environmental effects of the climate crisis, the need to move towards a low-carbon economy, and sustainable development modalities in Mexico and Latin America.

September 20, 2023

The Politics and Geopolitics of Latin America's Energy Transition

Join the Center on Global Energy Policy in New York City (or via Zoom) for a discussion on the potential impact of recent developments on LAC’s energy transition, the region’s role in global energy markets, global supply chains and  critical mining commodities necessary for the global clean energy transition. 5:30-7:00 p.m. ET.


"Court Tosses EPA Permit Order For Troubled St. Croix Refinery"

"A federal appeals court said Tuesday that EPA went too far when it subjected an oil refinery in the U.S. Virgin Islands to a costly, multiyear permitting process in order to restart operations."

Source: E&E News, 07/26/2023

"Tropical Storm Bret Forms, Forecast To Become Hurricane Near Caribbean"

"The National Hurricane Center declared Tropical Storm Bret formed at 5 p.m. Eastern Monday, the second of the young Atlantic season. Located about halfway between the coast of Africa and the eastern Caribbean Sea, the system is likely to intensify, and it could approach or impact the Lesser Antilles as a hurricane by the weekend."

Source: Washington Post, 06/20/2023

The Seven Stages of Beach Exploitation (and Restoration)

When most people think of coastal tourist destinations, they imagine beaches lined by palm trees and exclusive resorts. But those are exactly the kind of realities that contribute to the environmental and economic decline of coastal communities and their local residents, argues a new book. Contributing Editor Jenny Weeks has our review in the new BookShelf.

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In Panama, Legal Rights Given To Sea Turtles, Boosting 'Rights of Nature'

"On a Panamanian beach long after dark, a group of undergraduate students dug into the sand to excavate a sea turtle nest, their lamps casting a soft red glow as they studied eggs, inventoried the success of the hatch and checked for any surviving hatchlings stuck at the bottom of the nest. Nearby, armed members of the National Border Service stood watch for protection in an area known for drug trafficking."

Source: AP, 05/25/2023

"The Pink River Dolphins of the Amazon Have a Warning for Humans"

"It was a rare sight, an endangered species emblematic of the Colombian Amazon, considered sacred by the region’s Indigenous communities: the pink dolphins."

Source: Washington Post, 05/10/2023


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