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Thursday, December 10, 2015

A Firm Focus on Energy Independence

Crude oil prices have been relatively low all year, but the countries of the Caribbean know they can’t count on that forever. In a region often buffeted by volatile oil prices—and by the all-too-real effects of climate change—the countries are keeping their eyes firmly focused on the need for more sustainable energy solutions. Whether wind farms, solar arrays, or geothermal wells, renewable energy projects are springing up in practically every Caribbean state.
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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Climate Change: “Tragedies already with us”

The climate talks underway in Paris are hardly an abstract matter for the countries of the Caribbean. Take Dominica, which on August 27 of this year was hit by Erika, a powerful tropical storm that left death and destruction in its wake. The World Bank and the government of Dominica have estimated total damage and loss from the storm at (US) $483 million, or 96 percent of GDP.
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Friday, December 4, 2015

COP21: UN emphasizes crucial impact of young and future generations to tackle climate change

During the event, a manifesto called “Our communiqué: Act like a kid” was presented, which urges world leaders to include climate education in the universal climate agreement expected to be adopted at the end of next week.
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Friday, November 13, 2015

Trinidad and Tobago looks to wind and waste energy

A Wind Resource Assessment Programme has been proposed to evaluate the feasibility of introduction of a wind farm and establishment of a local solar photovoltaic (PV) manufacturing facility is also being considered.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

OAS Countries Reaffirm Commitment to Sustainable Development

Following a one year process of dialogue and meaningful exchanges among OAS member States, which included consultations with civil society and social actors, the Third Inter-American meeting of Ministers and High Level Authorities on Sustainable Development concluded in Honduras on October 21st. At the meeting, Member States adopted the Declaration of Tela to promote a sustainable development agenda for the Americas, in line with the objectives for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, and with a full commitment to address climate change.
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Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ocean Conservation and Climate Change in the Americas

Furthering the theme on Sustainable Development after its recent Ministerial Meeting, the OAS co-hosted an international discussion entitled “Our Shared Treasure: Oceans and Climate Change” on October 26 in Washington DC. The 67th OAS Policy Roundtable, sponsored by the Principality of Monaco and National Geographic, gathered expert panelists to discuss challenges and successful practices for ocean conservation.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

“Window of Opportunity” in the Caribbean

Long dependent on imported crude oil, the Caribbean island states now have a “window of opportunity” to strengthen their energy security and deploy clean energy projects across the region, according to Ambassador Doctor Neil Parsan, OAS Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the Organization of American States (OAS). He was speaking at a recent ministerial meeting held on the sidelines of this year’s Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum (CREF).
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

ECPA Project Update: Energy Efficiency Initiative

Buildings are energy guzzlers: In the United States, they account for 38 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions and 73 percent of electricity consumption, according to the U.S. Green Building Council. An ECPA project being implemented in three cities in the hemisphere aims to find effective ways to reduce energy use in municipal buildings.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fueling Growth: Jamaica’s Energy Sector in Transition

Jamaica is the largest island economy in the English-speaking Caribbean and the third-largest island in the region, with a geographical area of 11,000 square kilometers and a population of 2.83 million people. In 2013, its gross national income was US$15.44 billion, approximately $5,450 per capita. The country has been heavily dependent on imported fossil fuels for its energy needs, but that is beginning to change.
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

The Imperative of Sustainable Development

“Sustainable development is not an option but an imperative,” OAS Assistant Secretary General Nestor Mendez reminded delegates at the opening of the Third Inter-American Meeting of Ministers and High Authorities on Sustainable Development, held October 19-20 in Tela, Honduras.
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