Central America & the Caribbean

Category 5 Hurricane Maria Targeting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico

"Hurricane Maria, once again a Category 5 hurricane, has its sights set on a potentially catastrophic strike on the already storm-weary Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, following a first-on-record Category 5 landfall for the island of Dominica Monday night."

Source: Weather Channel, 09/19/2017

Beware Gateway Bugs Bringing Insect-Borne Disease

It's a deadly threat only fitfully reported by news media. But coverage of insect-borne diseases could be improved by environmental journalists who understand the intersection of bugs, humans and climate. A two-part Issue Backgrounder with basics, key resources and a rundown on significant illnesses brought by mosquitoes, and by ticks and other insects

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"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

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