News & Blog

Hurricanes, Recovery, And Resiliency In The US Caribbean’s National Parks

Posted on December 5, 2017

[This article from Apple News presents some good insights into the enormous scale of the ecological impacts of major hurricanes — in this case, Hurricanes Irma and Maria in September and October of 2017. ] Hurricanes, Recovery, And Resiliency In … [Read more]

Communities of Action for SDG 14 – “Life Under Water”

Posted on November 30, 2017

UN Launches SDG 14 Communities of Action STORY HIGHLIGHTS To follow-up on outcomes from its World Ocean Conference*, held in June 2017, the UN has launched nine thematic, multi-stakeholder “Communities of Ocean Action”. The communities are meant to generate new … [Read more]

A Caribbean Environmental Treaty with Teeth

Posted on November 30, 2017

from the regional news aggregator CaribbeanNewsNow: [See Pottersweal.com for an acerbic, if marginally coherent, comment on this important initiative.] Latin America and Caribbean urgently need strong, legally binding treaty on environmental rights, say UN experts November 28, 2017 Special Rapporteur … [Read more]

Good Discussion of the Economic Value of Coral Reefs

Posted on June 26, 2017

from the Washington Post, 26 June 2017: Energy and Environment The Great Barrier Reef is literally a treasure. It’s worth $42 billion. By Chelsea Harvey June 26 at 1:17 PM A tourist snorkels above coral in the lagoon located on … [Read more]

Leader and Long Briefing from “The Economist” 2017 re FISHERIES MANAGEMENT

Posted on June 9, 2017

<http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21722647-ocean-sustains-humanity-humanity-treats-it-contempt-how-improve-health> Deep trouble How to improve the health of the ocean The ocean sustains humanity. Humanity treats it with contempt Print edition | Leaders May 27th 2017 EARTH is poorly named. The ocean covers almost three-quarters of the planet. It … [Read more]

Ocean Conference Addresses MPAs, Ocean Acidification

Posted on June 7, 2017

from the International Institute for Sustainable Development’s (IISD’s) daily coverage of the Ocean Conference 5-9 June 2017. STORY HIGHLIGHTS On the second day of the UN Ocean Conference, two partnership dialogues took place on: (1) managing, protecting, conserving, and restoring marine … [Read more]

Caribbean Philanthropy Network (CPN) — Reports 2010 to 2013

Posted on April 24, 2017

Linked below are three publications written, edited or reviewed by Judith Ann Towle for the Caribbean Philanthropy Network, These reports date from the period 2009 to 2013 and they are not up-to-date in terms of recent actions taken by Caribbean … [Read more]

Euan McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award for 2016 to Tadzio Bervoets of St. Martin

Posted on March 2, 2017

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands (CFVI) has just announced that the Euan P. McFarlane Environmental Leadership Award Fund (McFarlane Fund, which is administered by the CFVI, based on a grant from the now-sunsetted Island Resources Foundation) for calendar year 2016 goes … [Read more]

Another Perspective on the Need for DATA on WHAT WORKS

Posted on January 23, 2017

From the blog on the CIFOR (Center for International Forestry Research, I think they do stuff with forests) web site at <http://blog.cifor.org/47876/time-to-get-it-together-on-mitigation-and-adaptation?fnl=en> Note that this article is based on a systematic survey of existing project documentation. WE NEED MORE, and, … [Read more]

From ENSIA — What Works in Conservation – real data instead of sponsor bs or doublespeak

Posted on January 20, 2017

from the on-line environmental magazine ENSIA: * — based on meta-analyses of (mostly) peer-reviewed studies of conservation projects around the world. For example, “What Works in Conservation assessed 38 studies of agricultural lands and found that 32 showed that growing grassy buffer … [Read more]