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Stories about Environment

Could the sargassum plaguing Tobago's beaches be an opportunity?

As sargassum continues to be a seasonal crisis for many tourism-dependent Caribbean islands, people have been wondering about the possibilities of putting the seaweed to good use.

Ukraine, Belarus commemorate 35th anniversary of Chernobyl disaster

For the world, Chornobyl symbolises the fragility of our environment and the threat posed by human activity. But for many in Ukraine and Belarus, it remains a personal tragedy.

Experts warn Turkey's ambitious Istanbul Kanal will result in environmental destruction—and open a geopolitical can of worms

A new link between the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara will open a geopolitical pandora box—and poses serious environmental threats to its immediate surroundings.

As Brazil increases exports to China, politicians play the blame game

"The problem is Brazil's current development model that turns it into a large farm," said Evandro Menezes de Carvalho, a specialist in Chinese law and international trade.

As St. Vincent's La Soufrière erupts again, experts say it's ‘not over yet’

Even though volcanologists explain that this type of activity is to be expected, residents are getting weary.

Japan announces timeline to dilute, dump radioactive water from Fukushima plant

The decision to release the wastewater poses seriously implications for fishing communities along the Fukushima coastline.

Rhino population climbs in Nepal thanks to collaboration, conservation and community

"It's a time to rejoice as the number of rhinos has increased to 752. However, habitat degradation bothers me and I wonder if it will be able to hold the...

St. Vincent's La Soufrière explodes again on 42nd anniversary of last major eruption

There are concerns for residents who have refused to leave their homes in the "Red Zone," and for birds and other wildlife.

The longer La Soufrière's activity lasts, the more dire St. Vincent's situation becomes

Ash fall, sulphur-filled air, poor visibility, volcanic rock falling out of the sky and continued eruptions, and La Soufrière's rumblings still aren't over.

Residents prepare for possible evacuation as St. Vincent's La Soufrière volcano heats up

The head of St. Vincent and the Grenadines' National Emergency Management Office tells residents, "Be ready, get your things in order."

Connecting the dots: ‘Motus’ programme uses technology to track migrating birds in the Caribbean

Designed to enable conservation and ecological research by tracking movement, the Motus Wildlife Tracking System has hundreds of receiver stations and thousands of deployed nanotags on over 236 species, mostly...

Group's report to Biden administration seeks commitment to human rights and democracy in Brazil

The document was compiled by a network of Brazilians and Americans living in the US, gathering policy topics directly affected by the Trump administration's relationship with Brazil's Bolsonaro

The ‘tree of life’ that's under threat in Trinidad

Naturally occurring moriche palm populations exist in only six locations in Trinidad, but are under threat, predominantly because of unregulated human impact.

The Caribbean's foremost literary festival has released its 2021 longlist; Trinidad & Tobago writers dominate

“Where else would you find Trinidadian street food in the same volume as an appraisal of Thom Gunn's poetry, or Dylan Thomas rubbing shoulders with soca?”

Could the Venezuelan oil tanker in the Caribbean Sea still pose an environmental threat?

Nearly five months after the initial October 2020 inspection, Trinidad and Tobago officials have not yet conducted a follow-up, despite their own recommendation that one should be done within a...

Trinidad & Tobago minister declares ‘safest time for sea turtles’ despite spike in poaching

Leatherback turtle nesting season is well underway, but conservation groups are up in arms over COVID-19 restrictions, which currently block them from doing nightly beach patrols to protect the turtles.

Oman detains activists over online posts criticizing projects that could destroy Dhofar Plain

Activists and environmentalists took to social media platforms to criticize Omani government's decision to allow construction of housing units over Dhofar Plain, which threatens camel grazers' livelihoods and centuries-old traditions.

A plan to allow logging in Cameroon’s biologically rich Ebo Forest was halted, but the area remains vulnerable

“Here you have the trees, the gorillas and chimpanzees. Our parents are buried there. We have our sacred places...,” laments a local chief resisting the exploitation of Ebo forest.

New Chinese-led port project faces backlash from local residents and environmentalists in Peru

“Throughout the history of Peru, investments are located wherever they want, as long as they bring money, and the state or government allows this to happen”

The misty beauty of Jamaica’s Blue Mountains captured on camera

The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park, recently designated a UNESCO world heritage site, celebrated its 28th anniversary with a photography competition. Here's a look at the winning entries.

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