FIVE NATIONS IN CARIBBEAN IN PILOT ENERGY PROJECT—08/24/13
An initiative called Energy for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Caribbean Buildings Project has been launched to help countries in the Caribbean address the high rate of petroleum product imports. ESD’s technical coordinator Dr. Al Binger believes the region has to find ways to reduce the amounts of fuel that is currently used to generate electricity. This will save millions of dollars in energy costs. Some building modifications will include replacement of doors and windows, solar water heater installations, and additional retrofits. Binger hopes that all members of CARICOM will eventually take part in the project. Belize is the first country to sign on to the initiative, with Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago to follow.
DEEPEST TROUGH IN CARIBBEAN EXPLORED BY SCIENTISTS—08/25/13
Dr. Robert Ballard, who found the wreck of the Titanic, is now exploring the deepest trough in the Caribbean Sea. Joined by other scientists in dives into the Cayman Trough, they will collect organisms from the trough that they hope will show how life could exist on other planets. The researchers are using remotely operated vehicles to investigate an underwater mountain.
DUST CLOUDS FROM AFRICA A CONCERN FOR SCIENTISTS IN CARIBBEAN—08/27/13
Microscopic dust particles disturbed by sandstorms in Africa blow thousands of miles across the Atlantic Ocean every summer. The dust limits visibility of pilots and contributes to problems among people with asthma. The event has always occurred, but it has recently gained more attention as area scientists say the dust clouds have gotten bigger over time. An especially large dust cloud arrived in the eastern Caribbean and caused hazy skies in Havana, Cuba. The dust then traveled as car as Wyoming according to satellite images. It is believed the dust clouds could impact the hurricane season and have other effects on the Caribbean climate.
JAMAICA TO USE NEW BANK TECHNOLOGY—08/28/13
National Commercial Bank (NCB) Jamaica will introduce a new technology that will allow automated banking machines to read money’s face value. Jamaica National Building Society implemented a pilot project in 2012 that involved an ATM that could recognize notes’ denominations. NCB plans to provide representatives to explain the functions of the new ATMs to its branch customers.