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CARIBBEAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY NEWS SUMMARY for the week ending January 10th, 2014

10 Jan

 

WOODING RECEIVES LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD—01/04/14
Bevil Wooding, a technology expert based in the Caribbean, has been given the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Latin American and Caribbean Internet Addresses Registry (LACNIC). The award was established in 2008 to honor those who make significant contributions to the development of the information society and the internet in the region. Wooding was a pioneer in developing technology solutions and education resources.

CLIMATE CHANGE HAVING STRONG IMPACT ON CARIBBEAN—01/05/14
Unexpected weather in the Caribbean around Christmas 2013 had a strong impact on the region. Heavy rains on Christmas Eve poured 15 inches in 24 hours, flooding St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, and Dominica. Landslides washed through the areas, leaving at least 12 people dead. Jos Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of America States, noted the “unseasonable” nature of the rains and believes the flooding indicates how climate change is working in the Caribbean.

GUYANA SAYS CARICOM SHOULD BE MORE AGRESSIVE ABOUT CLIMATE ISSUES—01/06/14
President Donald Ramotar of Guyana has called on CARICOM to take more aggressive actions in regard to the issue of climate change following the Christmas Eve rains and flooding that damaged several nations in the region.  The events in the eastern Caribbean cause loss of life and millions of dollars in damage and show how the area is extremely vulnerable to extreme weather events associated with climate change.

CASE STUDY IN CARIBBEAN SHOWS HOW TO DEAL WITH VOLCANO ERUPTION—01/07/14
Scientists who study volcanoes are advising governments on how to manage living near active areas. They are working with social scientists to find ways to better communicate the threat to local residents and are using a case study from Montserrat to make their point. The Soufriere volcano erupted for the first time in 1995 and spouted lava until 1998, then again from 1999 to 2010. Most islanders live on the sides of the active volcano.

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