Climate Change Columns 

Why Caribbean People Are Not Taking Building Codes Seriously

By:  Delia Louis The OECS islands are adorned with picturesque homes and buildings-on lowlying areas and on hillsides. Caribbean people on a whole take pride in owning beautiful homes, both the interior and exterior. In recent years, we have seen the erection of energy conservation technologies like consumer solar panels, wind turbines, as well as mechanisms to trap rainwater for the dry spells. Homeowners and businesses alike are quickly realising that preparing their families and businesses for the effects of climate change is of top priority. However, many building owners…

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Climate Change Development Economic Environment Foreign Affairs 

Antigua and Barbuda and UAE to collaborate on Green Barbuda Project

Prime Minister the Hon. Gaston Browne, who is on a visit to the United Arab Emirates, on Monday held a bilateral discussion with His Excellency Dr. Thani Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment for the United Arab Emirates   During the meeting, Minister Al Zeyoudi thanked Prime Minister Browne for his participation in the World Government Summit, and offered his concern to the Government and People of Antigua and Barbuda regarding the devastation caused by hurricane Irma.   Prime Minister Browne thanked Minister Al Zeyoudi for his…

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Climate Change 

Green Climate Fund Engages Antigua & Barbuda’s Private Sector on Financing Opportunities

On Tuesday 12th December 2017, representatives of the Green Climate Fund met with members of the private sector in Antigua and Barbuda at a luncheon hosted by their Excellencies Sir Rodney Williams and Lady Sandra Williams at Government House. The Green Climate Fund, or “GCF”, is a global fund that provides climate financing to the private sector on a concessional basis. The GCF’s financial instruments include equity, guarantees and insurance, to help achieve the global goal of the Paris Agreement, which is to promote development that is low in carbon…

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Climate Change Disaster Management Weather 

Hurricane Season Officially comes to an End

The severe weather systems associated with the 2017 hurricane season should be considered as a wake-up call for Antiguans and Barbudans to be better prepared. That’s according to Director of the National Office of Disaster Services (NODS) Philmore Mullin. The hurricane season which began on June 1, officially ends today – November 30. Mullin says the fact that Antigua and Barbuda was impacted by Irma, with extreme damage in Barbuda, should encourage residents to stop procrastinating. Mullin encourages families, work places, schools and other entities to put in place all…

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Climate Change Development Foreign Affairs 

UK stands by Caribbean and Overseas Territories as they build back better after hurricanes

On her first overseas visit International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has reaffirmed that the UK stands by those Overseas Territories and independent Commonwealth Caribbean countries devastated by the recent hurricanes and seen how British aid is helping to rebuild people’s lives. The International Development Secretary accompanied His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales during a visit to the British Virgin Islands and Dominica, where she thanked British humanitarian heroes and the military for working tirelessly on the relief efforts on the worst-hit islands. She also visited Antigua and Barbuda. The…

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CDB Climate Change 

CDB joins global partnership to combat climate change

BONN, Germany –The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has joined a coalition of developing and developed countries and international institutions, which have committed to combatting climate change and adapting to its effects. On November 14, on the margins of the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP23), the Bank was announced as one of the newest members of the NDC Partnership. Admission to the Partnership comes as CDB intensifies its effort to scale up climate action in its borrowing member countries. Speaking at the event, “Champions for Climate Action: The NDC Partnership”, President…

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Climate Change Environment Regional News Youth 

Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) Announces Partnership with Solar Head of State at COP23 Climate Conference

Plans to educate youth about renewable energy across the region During this year COP23 climate conference, the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) and Solar Head of State (SHOS) launched a partnership to promote education on renewable energy across the Caribbean region. The CYEN is a non-profit, civil society, charitable body that focuses its resources on empowering young people and their communities to develop actions to address socio-economic and environmental issues. The CYEN programme aims at addressing issues such as poverty alleviation and youth employment, health and HIV/AIDS, climatic changes and global…

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CDB Climate Change Regional News 

CDB, Adaptation Fund to Invest More in Regional Climate Resilience Programmes

As super storms and adverse weather conditions pose increasing threats to the Region, the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has pledged its continued commitment to work with key stakeholders, such as the Adaptation Fund (AF), to build climate resilience within its Borrowing Member Countries (BMCs). Some of the Bank’s measures include mobilising grant and concessionary financing for BMCs, increasing investment in climate resilience programmes, and strengthening technical capacity. Speaking at a just-concluded workshop, co-hosted with the Fund, and aimed at enhancing project development, Monica La Bennett, the Bank’s Vice-President (Operations), stated that…

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Climate Change Environment 

‘No retreat on ban on Plastic bags and Styrofoam products’

The day before the country celebrated its thirty-sixth-anniversary of political independence, Health and Environment Minister, Molwyn Joseph announced that there is no retreating and no surrendering on the matters of banning the use of plastic bags and Styrofoam products. Minister Joseph made the declaration at the V C Bird International Airport Terminal on Tuesday, just outside of the arrival hall, moments before he unveiled his Ministry’s Go Green banner on which was inscribed the ban on both Styrofoam Products and Plastic Bags. After learning of the plight of local poultry…

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Climate Change Environment Technology 

Molwyn Receives New ‘Privately Registered’ Donor Funded Tesla Model X

In another bold move, Minister of Health and the Environment Molwyn Joseph signaled his continued commitment to his government’s green and environmentally friendly initiatives by officially accepting the keys to an Eco-Friendly Tesla Model X vehicle on Tuesday. During the handing over ceremony in the parking lot of the Environment Department at Botanical Gardens, a smiling Minister Joseph gracefully accepted the keys to the spanking new black Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV). Moments before accepting the keys, the Health and Environment Minister disclosed at a press conference that the citizens and…

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