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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending October 25th, 2013

25 Oct

 

HIGH ELECTRICITY COSTS HINDER ECONOMIC GROWTH IN CARIBBEAN—10/19/13
Albert Ramdin, the assistant secretary general of the Organization of America States, believes that the high cost of electric power in the region is keeping economic growth rates down. He made his remarks at the opening of the 2013 Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum in Aruba. Ramdin told Caribbean officials to look to renewable energy sources to reverse the trend. High energy costs impact the cost of all goods and services and undermine investment and growth.

RED LIONFISH TAKING OVER CARIBBEAN—10/20/13
The Red Lionfish cannot be seen by its prey, say researchers from James Cook University. This could be one of the reasons that the spiny, poisonous fish has been so successful in the reef ecosystem of the Caribbean. While lionfish are Pacific Ocean natives, they have been proliferating in the Caribbean Basin since they were introduced there by accident in the 1980s. Scientists have been trying to determine why the predatory species has been able to essentially “eat their way” through the reef environment.

TELECOM PROVIDER CHOOSE CALIX E7—10/21/13
Columbus International Inc., a top telecommunications provider in the Caribbean region, has chosen the Calix E7 Ethernet Service Access Platforms and 836GE Residential Services Gateways in its expansion of fiber initiatives. The expanded fiber technology will improve the delivery of digital voice, managed IP video and advanced data services to homes and business in the Caribbean and Latin America.

RARE CARIBBEAN PLANTS COULD BE LISTED AS “ENDANGERED”—10/22/13
Three plants from the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico could soon be listed as endangered by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service. The plants, Egger’s agave, island brittleleaf, and Puerto Rico manjack, are under imminent threat from land development. These plants have been waiting for federal protection since 1980.

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