December 18, 2018

The etiology of white pox, a lethal disease of the Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata

By Kathryn L. Patterson, James W. Porter, Kim B. Ritchie, Shawn W. Polson, Erich Mueller,Esther C. Peters, Deborah L. Santavy, and Garriet W. SmithPNAS June 25, 2002 99 (13) 8725-8730; https://doi.org/10.1073/pnas.092260099 Communicated by Eugene P. Odum, University of Georgia, Athens, GA (received for review December 12, 2001) Abstract Populations of the shallow-water Caribbean elkhorn coral, Acropora palmata, are being decimated by white pox disease, with losses of […]

‘A huge mess’: Failure at COP24 climate talks would be ‘suicidal’

By John D. Sutter From CNN Katowice, Poland (CNN)The heads of state for some of the main countries causing climate change — the United States, the UK, Germany, China, Canada and India among them — are not present here in Poland to try to keep the wheels from falling off an agreement meant to save […]

How Native American tribes are bringing back the bison from brink of extinction

By Jeremy Hance From The Guardian UK The continent’s largest land mammal plays crucial role in spiritual lives of the tribes On 5,000 hectares of unploughed prairie in north-eastern Montana, hundreds of wild bison roam once again. But this herd is not in a national park or a protected sanctuary – they are on tribal […]

The Geminid meteor shower peaks this week, and it’ll be a special one

By Miriam Kramer From Mashable Get ready for what might be the best meteor shower of 2018.  The Geminid meteor shower, which peaks late at night on Thursday into the wee hours of the morning Friday, could bring more than 100 meteors per hour to light pollution-free skies in dark areas around the world, according […]

US firm to provide design review for 10-MW Caribbean geothermal project

From Renewables Now December 12 (Renewables Now) – Power Engineers, a unit of Texas-based Thermal Energy Partners LLC, has been contracted to provide services as part of the construction of a 10-MW geothermal power plant in the island nation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. NRE International Inc (NREI), which co-develops the particular project with the […]

13 Dec Weather in Cayman

13 Dec Thu 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Winds and seas will continue to decrease across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as a high pressure system begins to weaken as it moves over the western Atlantic Ocean. Radar images show scattered showers in and around the Cayman area moving to the west […]

Caribbean urged to be prepared for ‘big one’

From Jamaica Observer PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — The head of the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) at the St Augustine campus of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Dr Joan Lutchman, is reiterating calls for the region to be prepared for a major earthquake after several parts of the Caribbean are jolted by […]

COP24: OECS and Pacific Small Island States Forge Closer Ties To Combat Climate Change

OECS COP24 Coverage Wednesday, December 12, 2018 — The OECS and the Pacific as a collection of Small Island Developing States are forging closer collaboration at COP24 to combat climate change.  OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules met with his counterpart in the Pacific, Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment […]

IMF calls on Caribbean to take climate change action

By James Young From BNamericas The IMF issued a call for Caribbean nations to bolster insurance protection and resilience infrastructure in the face of therising risk of natural disasters with climate change. “As global warming continues to increase sea-water temperatures, the Caribbean isbecoming more vulnerable to increasingly frequent and damaging natural disasters,” said IMF in a statement. “Policies that build resilience […]

12 Dec Weather in Cayman

12 Dec Wed 2018 Weather in Cayman SYNOPSIS Isolated showers along with fresh east to northeast winds and rough seas are expected across the Cayman area for the next 24 hours as a stationary front lingers over our area and its associated high pressure system builds over the southeast US. The front is expected to […]