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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending October 18th, 2013

18 Oct

BELIZE TO SECURE COMPUTER NETWORKS—10/14/13
More than 100 computer networking specialists and interested parties met in Belize City at the 6th regional gathering of the Caribbean Network Operators Group (CaribNOG). The event welcomed local and regional participants and provided presentations and practical workshops on technology topics given by international and regional computer experts. CaribNOG is a volunteer-based organization committed to continuing efforts to protect computer networks in the Caribbean from a variety of threats, including hacking, unauthorized surveillance, and damage or data loss from system failure.

CARIBBEAN URGED TO EXPLORE RENEWABLE SOLUTIONS TO HIGH ENERGY COSTS—10/15/13
Albert Ramdin, the assistant secretary general of the Organization of American States (OAS), is calling for more collaboration in the Caribbean region to encourage the greater utilization of renewable energy technologies. Electricity and other energy costs in the region are high, and the effect of the high costs hinders economic growth and investment. Ramdin said the region can resolve some problems because it has adequate natural resources like sun, water, and wind, which can be used to provide renewable sources of energy.

FIRST TOTALLY ELECTRIC BUS INTRODUCED IN CARIBBEAN—10/16/13
Aruba has introduced a BYD 12-meter, 60-passenger bus that is the first in the region to be powered totally by electricity and that gives off zero emissions. Otmar Oduber, Aruba’s Minister of Transportation, and other government ministers unveiled the bus at a ceremony hosted together with the GREEN ARUBA Conference and the Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum. The bus was built by BYD Company Ltd., the largest manufacturer of electric buses in the world.

CARIBBEAN ATTRACTING MORE CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT—10/17/13
The Caribbean region, along with countries in Latin America, is attracting more investment in the clean energy market. According to Climatescope 2013, a report from the Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF), the region is achieving higher investment levels in climate financing, greenhouse gas management activities, clean energy, and low-carbon businesses. Latin America and the Caribbean captured six percent of the total $268.7 billion in investments made in clean energy worldwide in 2012.

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