CARIBBEAN CORALS HAVE WHITE PLAGUE, MAY BE CAUSED BY VIRUSES—09/14/13
The white plague that is moving rapidly through the Caribbean and killing corals may be caused by a group of viruses, according to new research findings. White plague is devastating for corals and causes rapid tissue loss and often leads to the death of entire colonies. This in turn destroys reefs that are already declining because of bleaching and other diseases. Nitzan Soffer, one of the researchers, said that there are over 20 unknown pathogens that impact the health of corals, but viruses have frequently been overlooked.
JPS TO MARKET HYBRID POWER GENERATORS—09/15/13
The Jamaica Public Service company (JPS) has made a major agreement with WindStream Technologies, an American firm, to bring 1,000 SolarMills to Jamaica by October 2013. According to Kelly Tomblin, president and chief executive officer of JPS, the SolarMills, which use both wind and solar power, will change the energy market on the island.
OPEN SOURCE OPERATING SYSTEM LAUNCHED BY ARGENTINA—09/17/13
Argentina’s government has introduced an operating system known as Huayra that is based on Linux. The system will be available throughout the Caribbean and Latin America and will provide an open source option for companies and businesses in the region.
SIX GEOTHERMAL ENERGY SITES SELECTED—09/18/13
The 12 geothermal energy sites originally considered as potential geothermal energy resources have been reduced to six sites as a result of feasibility studies, said Krishna Vaswani, geologist. The goal for the sites is to tap into heat under the ground in Jamaica and harness it for energy use for the first time in Jamaica. Building the 15MW geothermal plant is scheduled to begin in 2016, but the final date remains to be determined through further research. The original 12 sites were listed in a guide developed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica.