The Yucatan Times reports that seven countries in the Caribbean region—Jamaica, Belize, Barbados, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Bahamas—will ban the use of single-use plastic from January 1, 2020. Starting January 1st, 2020, single-use plastics and polystyrene will be banned in seven Caribbean countries, with the main objective of preventing ocean pollution […]
“New Research Finds Ocean Warming Forces Reefs Into Cool-Water Refuges,” is an older article (October 24, 2019) from Newsroom, but still relevant. It focuses on scientific studies from Florida Tech that track how climate change will shift the geography of coral growth. The studies find, for instance, that global warming is shifting which environments off […]
A report by Daphne Ewing-Chow for Forbes. In 2016, global plastic waste amounted to some 242 million metric tons. Of this, 137 million tonnes (or more than 57%) originated in East Asia, the Pacific, Europe, Central Asia and North America, much of which made its way into the ocean. In 2015, the Journal of Science surveyed […]
As a follow-up to our previous post, Caymans: Verdant Isle outlines coral relocation plan, James Whittaker (Cayman Compass) writes about a fascinating new method being implemented by Dr. David Vaughan, “a scientist whose methods have been heralded as a potential game-changer in the emerging field of growing corals.” Dr. Vaughan developed a microfragmenting technique that […]
The article “Local experts, international organizations discuss marine pollution, a blue economy” (Dominican Today) says that representatives of international agencies that comprise the Donors Roundtable chaired by the World Bank had a dialogue on the necessity to address marine pollution through policies to control the use of plastic in the Dominican Republic. The conversations included […]
James Whittaker (Cayman Compass) reports on the relocation plans to “save” the coral reef impacted by the Verdant Isle cruise and cargo port in the Cayman Islands, as an attempt to lessen the environmental damage from dredging. Piece by piece, section by section, scientists for Verdant Isle claim they can relocate some of the coral reef […]
Having already developed the first parametric insurance policy to insure and enhance the resilience of a coral reef section of the Mesoamerican Reef in Mexico, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is now looking to expand the product’s reach into Florida and Hawaii.
via Nature Conservancy targets Florida & Hawaii for parametric reef insurance — Artemis.bm – The Catastrophe Bond, Insurance Linked Securities & Investment, Reinsurance Capital, Alternative Risk Transfer and Weather Risk Management site