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The spill’s effects on the Petit Trou Lagoon – located on the coast of Lowlands, Tobago – has caused utmost concern, given the area is ecologically sensitive with dense mangrove cover.
Flying fish landings have reportedly decreased by almost 50 percent since 2011, and without strategic conservation measures, Barbados could see the bearded fig tree disappear from the landscape.
Tobago’s thriving culture, which includes farming and food festivals, is one example of the intersection of creative industries and concepts of sustainability like eating local and growing one’s own food.
To help achieve CARICOM's goal of reducing 25 percent of the Caribbean’s food imports by 2025, Guyana is turning to climate-smart agriculture techniques as a means of sustainably increasing food production.
Grande Rivière is an important leatherback turtle nesting site, where meteorological events have caused changes to the course of the river and, as a result, sand movement along the beach.
Takeaways at Caribbean Gen Z Climate Conference: Consult, collaborate, and seek mentorship and stress relief
Despite working in different fields, each expert shared why these principles have been instrumental in the work they do, helping to expand their causes to a wider audience.
There is no doubt that climate change is already being felt in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) like the Caribbean.
Climate change has increased temperatures and accelerated rates of ocean acidification and coral degradation.
Rural areas in south Trinidad pin their experiences with flooding on climate change, but there are additional push factors
"Trinidad and Tobago is already experiencing the advertised impacts of climate changes, such as the sea level rise, the increased ambient temperature and extreme weather systems."
Decreasing yields are a result of increasingly tough growing conditions, with extremely dry weather in some growing seasons, and over-saturated soils in others, when there is extreme rainfall.
A multi-million dollar project will strengthen Barbados’ water supply by incorporating renewable energy into systems, promoting rainwater harvesting, and raising awareness of how the climate crisis affects the situation.
"We’re not only getting rain wash erosion, but [also] high impact wave erosion on the other side because we’ve removed all our mangroves and continue to do it with impunity."
With little to no time to waste as climate change and other environmental issues accelerate at alarming rates, a comprehensive approach to empowering the next generation is needed.
Since 1984, Belize has protected its natural environment through co-management; these efforts were recently formalised by the government under a new Protected Areas Co-management Framework.
While small island developing states (SIDS) like the Caribbean have attempted to ramp up food production to combat rising food costs, climate change has been hindering these efforts.
Being a predominantly limestone island, gullies form an integral part of Barbados' culture, heritage, and biodiversity — but unsustainable human-influenced activities are leading to their degradation.
Caribbean journalists are finding it essential to report on climate justice issues, and ensure those who play a greater role in causing climate change are held accountable.
Now in a race against time to protect their traditions, many of Suriname’s Indigenous communities have reported being affected by an increase in the frequency and intensity of natural disasters.
Codrington Lagoon is a wetland of International Importance under the Ramsar Convention but its sandbar integrity has been compromised by breaches that threaten the well-being of its ecosystems.
Over the past several years, as climate change impacts like hurricanes, droughts, floods and rising sea levels have taken their toll, the tiny Caribbean nation has had to take action.
Trinidad and Tobago's Institute of Marine Affairs recently partnered with government, private sector and community-based organisations to build its capacity in rehabilitating climate change-challenged coral reefs and seagrass beds.