SOLAR PANELS COME TO DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—09/21/13
Solar panels manufactured by SolarWorld now provide the power for the largest solar-electric installation in the Dominican Republic. A solar array capable for providing 1.5 megawatts is located near Cibao International Airport. According to Enrique Ramirez, the president of the national commission of energy, the project is one of the biggest and most ambitious in the region. Solar offers the island nation clean and cost-effective energy and a respite from its dependence on costly imported oil for power generation.
JAMAICAN IGUANA BATTLES EXTINCTION—09/23/13
The illegal charcoal burning industry in Jamaica is again threatening the survival of the rare Jamaican iguana. The iguana nearly became extinct in the 1940s, but populations had revived to some degree by the 1990s. It remains one of the top 100 most endangered species in the world. The old forests and clear waters of the Hellshire Hills near Kingston are becoming the target of housing developments as well as the charcoal burners.
LAWS NEEDED TO REGULATE WASTE IN CARIBBEAN WATERS—09/26/13
Hugh Riley, the Secretary General of the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) is calling for laws designed to regulate waste disposal in the Caribbean Sea. Riley said the Caribbean region has a responsibility to protect and preserve water resources. This is a core goal of Caribbean efforts at sustainability. Poor water quality endangers the environment and health of populations in the region.
CARIBBEAN BEHIND OTHER AREAS IN WIRELESS BROADBAND USE—09/27/13
Two of every five people in the world are likely to be online by the end of 2013, according to a United Nations study, but over 66 percent of the people who living in developing nations, including the Caribbean, will not have Internet access. The UN Broadband Commission for Digital Development surveyed broadband access in 160 countries, and found the Caribbean lagging behind. Affordable broadband is necessary in developing countries in order to compete on the world stage. Mere connectivity is no longer sufficient, according to the UN.