· July, 2009

Stories about Environment from July, 2009

Trinidad & Tobago, Barbados: Plantation Governance

  17 July 2009

“My thesis is that Caribbean governments today are run exactly like the plantations of old, the only difference being that there are fewer white people cracking whips; the overseers have taken over the Great House”: Barbados-based Trinidadian blogger B.C. Pires builds on the late Lloyd Best's Theory of Plantation Economy.

Jamaica: Returning Home

  16 July 2009

Francis Wade agrees that “the country you leave is not the country you return to”, advocating instead that returning Jamaicans come home “with a flexible, open mind that is willing to enter into an entirely new experience.”

Dominica: Tourism Development?

  14 July 2009

“The issue of sustainable development has been a troublesome issue…and the Caribbean is no exception; as the pace of development has begun and in some cases has already outstripped the rate at which our valuable and fragile ecosystem can replenish itself”: Dominica Weekly advocates approaching tourism development with caution.

Nabucco: Running out of gas

Der Spiegelfechter comments on [GER] the agreement to build gas pipeline Nabucco and wonders where the gas will be coming from, whereas Der Unbequeme questions [GER] the need of yet another pipeline. LJ user xystos argues [RUS] why Nabucco is a mere mirage, and LJ user tertiaroma sees [RUS] the...

Nabucco: Chorus of the energy slaves

Gabriela Ionita of Power&PoliticsWeblog discusses the recent agreement in Ankara on the construction of the western financed Nabucco gas pipeline and competition with Russia over Caucasian and Central Asian gas supplies and deliveries to Europe.

Puerto Rico: Play for Las Playas

  13 July 2009

Repeating Islands profiles a play by a group of students that “is meant to educate people about the value of caring for our coasts and to raise consciousness to avoid the privatization of Puerto Rico’s shores.”

Bahrain: Livestock Dying

Bahraini Khalid [Ar] comments on the death of livestock in Bahrain this summer. “There are sheep that die, goats that die and cows that die of the heat and thirst; from the overcrowding in the pens; livestock are suffering from physical exhaustion and heat exhaustion; there are sick animals and...

Barbados: Making Sugar Cane King

  8 July 2009

“No one with the authority seems to want to make a definitive decision as to how to progress the sugar cane industry”: Barbados Underground is convinced that “the value is no longer in the sugar but now in the sugar cane” – especially bio fuels and bio plastics.

Bangladesh, India: Tipaimukh Dam And Farakka Barrage

  8 July 2009

Habib Siddiqui highlights the disastrous effect of the Farakka Barrage in India on Bangladesh and opines that if the Tipaimukh Dam is built for the hydroelectricity project, this will become another deathtrap like the Farakka Barrage.

Dominica: Not Happy

  6 July 2009

Steve's Dominica is “not Happy” about “The recently released ‘Happy Planet Index’ report”, which seems to have forgotten about the Caribbean.

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