Officials from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the Agence Française de Développement (AFD) have signed an agreement to provide USD33,000,000 towards financing sustainable infrastructure projects in the Caribbean region. At least 50 percent of the funds will be used to fund climate change adaptation and mitigation projects. The agreement was signed last month at … Continue reading
Belmopan, Belize; August 26, 2016 – According to Belize policy targets, the country aims at increasing its share of renewable energy. Till now Bioenergy, especially Biogas, is not utilized on industrial scales in Belize. To help achieve this goal and build capacity in this sector, the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) in cooperation … Continue reading
LaunchIT GreenTech is the first programme of its kind in the Caribbean which is designed to promote the growth and development of clean technology companies within the Caribbean. Selected entrepreneurs will benefit from a six-month curriculum that focuses on business modelling, prototype development, go-to-market strategy, financing and creation of industry connections that clean technology start-ups need to succeed.
Each participating Cleantech start-up will receive financial support of up to US$6,000 in grant funding and over US$12,000 as an investment in the cost for professional services, office space and coaching.
The ideal company is a scalable, Proof of concept to Seed start-up looking to further develop their business for commercialization. The focus of the start-ups must fit into one of five categories namely: energy efficiency, sustainable agriculture/agribusiness, water management, waste management and resource use efficiency.
For assistance with the development of a sound business proposal, we suggest that applicants register and complete the online modular training that is available at the big idea canvas (www.bigideacanvas.com) website.
For more information and to apply to Launchit GreenTech Accelerator, please visit caribbeancic.org/launchit
Application Deadline: September 9, 2016
Big Idea Canvas direct link: http://bic.technium.com/application/uBM3apeidCEwQJT5Y/step1
#5CsDailyTips If your classroom has a pet turtle, lizard or fish, use real plants instead of synthetic or plastic plants. It’s better for the greater environment, as well as your little friend. Summer holidays have come to an end and schools have reopened across the region. There are several ways to ‘Go Green’ in your … Continue reading
The Trust Fund is a newly established and independent scheme aimed at raising money to tackle the territory’s climate change-related issues, by increasing energy efficiency and utilizing alternative energies.
After residents give their feedback on the applicants by September 16 this year, nine persons will be chosen to sit on the Board.
The selection will be done by Premier Dr D Orlando Smith and Dr Kedrick Pickering who is the minister of natural resources and labour.
“I am pleased with the number and calibre of persons who took up this noble challenge, and have offered themselves to serve on this important Board. The success of the Trust Fund rests heavily on the ability and commitment of its Board, and I wish to thank all those participating in the process.”
The nine-member board, which will include six representatives from the private sector and civil society, will have executive control and management of the affairs of the Climate Change Trust Fund. They will make final decisions on all applications for funding.
The BVI is the first Caribbean island to pass legislation for the establishment of a Climate Change Trust Fund.
The Virgin Islands Climate Change Trust Fund Act took effect on January 1 this year.
Below is a list of the persons seeking to become members of the aforementioned Board.
- Benedict Bamford – Tourism; Individual
- Douglas Riegels – Tourism
- John Klein – Tourism, Any other sectortor
- Monique Adams – Financial Services
- Nelson Samuel – Financial Services
- Pauline Robinson – Financial Services
- Shelly Bend – Financial Services, Individual
- Chezley Stoddard – Any other sector/NGO or CBO
- Edward Childs – Any other sector
- Mitsy Simpson – Any other sector
- Ronnie Lettsome – Any other sector, Individual
- Stephanie Faulker Williams – Any other sector, Individual
- Eva Baskin – Academia or research organisation
- Dr Karl Dawson – Academia or research organisation
- Charlotte McDevitt – NGO
- Sarah Smith – NGO
- Shannon Gore – NGO
- Akilah Anderson – Individual
- Colin Bramble – Individual
- Dominic Clyde-Smith – Individual
- John Lewis – Individual
- Karen Fraser – Individual
- Lionel Penn II – Individual
- Michael Fonseca – Individual
- Rosemary Delaney-Smith – Individual
- Saski Laing – Individual
- Susan Babson – Individual
Credit: BVI News
#5CsDailyTips Summer holidays have come to an end and schools have reopened across the region. There are several ways to ‘Go Green’ in your classroom. Over next few days, we will feature some projects that teachers can engage students to make eco-conscious choices while taking real steps to save our planet. During the last few … Continue reading
For the month of July 2016, a total of 33,665 documents were retrieved from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre’s (CCCCC) Regional Clearinghouse. A list of the top 20 documents are listed in the table below. If you would like to research and read other documents from CARICOM member states visit the CCCCC’s Clearinghouse. The … Continue reading
#5CsDailyTips Climate change increases our exposure to harmful pollutants. Increased ground-level ozone is associated with impaired lung function as well as increased emergency room visits and hospital admissions for asthma. In addition, more frequent and intense wildfires can increase particulate matter exposure, which is linked with a higher risk of cardiovascular disease and respiratory illness. … Continue reading
#5CsDailyTips Changing climate intensifies weather-related disasters like wildfires and floods that threaten public safety. Sadly, the health dangers of extreme weather events don’t stop when the disaster ends. In the aftermath, countless more people live in unhealthy conditions and suffer from mental health repercussions like anxiety and PTSD. Here’s what you can do to avoid causing wildfires: … Continue reading
On a warming Earth, seas inevitably rise, as ice on land melts and makes its way to the ocean. And not only that — the ocean itself swells, because warm water expands. We already know this is happening — according to NASA, seas are currently rising at a rate of 3.5 millimeters per year, which converts to about 1.4 inches per decade.
However, scientists have long expected that the story should be even worse than this. Predictions suggest that seas should not only rise, but that the rise should accelerate, meaning that the annual rate of rise should itself increase over time. That’s because the great ice sheets, Greenland and Antarctica, should lose more and more mass, and the heat in the ocean should also increase.
The problem, or even mystery, is that scientists haven’t seen an unambiguous acceleration of sea level rise in a data record that’s considered the best for observing the problem — the one that began with the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite, which launched in late 1992 and carried an instrument, called a radar altimeter, that gives a very precise measurement of sea level around the globe. (It has since been succeeded by other satellites providing similar measurements.)
This record actually shows a decrease in the rate of sea level rise from the first decade measured by satellites (1993 to 2002) to the second one (2003 to 2012).
“We’ve been looking at the altimeter records and scratching our heads, and saying, ‘why aren’t we seeing an acceleration in the satellite record?’ We should be,” said John Fasullo, a climate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado.
In a new study in the open-access journal Scientific Reports, however, Fasullo and two colleagues say they have now resolved this problem. It turns out, they say, that sea level rise was artificially masked in the satellite record by the fact that one year before the satellite launched, the Earth experienced a major cooling pulse.
The cause? The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines, which filled the planet’s stratosphere with aerosols that reflected sunlight away from the Earth and actually led to a slight sea level fall in ensuing years as the ocean temporarily cooled.
“What we’ve shown is that sea level acceleration is real, and it continues to be going on, it’s ongoing, and we understand why you don’t see it in the short satellite record,” said Fasullo, who conducted the research along with scientists from the University of Colorado in Boulder and Old Dominion University.
The study was performed using a suite of 40 climate change models to determine how the Pinatubo eruption affected seas and the global distribution of water. The scientists estimate as a result that sea level not only fell between 5 and 7 millimeters due to a major ocean cooling event in the eruption’s wake, but then experienced a rebound, or bounce back, of the same magnitude once the influence of the eruption had passed.
This had a major effect on what the satellite record of sea level looks like, because the bounce-back occurred earlier in the record and made the sea level rise then appear extra fast. So the researchers conclude that while no official acceleration trend can be seen in the satellite record now, that’s an artificial consequence of Pinatubo and should be gone over time — barring another Pinatubo-like event.
“Our initial impression of sea level rise was not only influenced by climate change and the rate of change, but the response and the recovery from the eruption itself,” says Fasullo. “Those effects largely have ebbed by now, and once we get a few more years into the altimeter record, we should see a clear acceleration. That’s really the punch line of the article.”
In fact, the researchers also removed the sea level effect of Pinatubo, and found that when they did so they could see sea level rise acceleration happening already.
One sea level rise expert who was not involved in the new study, Robert Kopp of Rutgers University, praised the work in response to a query from the Post.
The study, Kopp explained by email, found that the Pinatubo eruption would have caused seas to fall “just before the start of the altimetry record, the recovery from which was spread out of the remainder of the 1990s and therefore masked some of the acceleration that would otherwise have been seen in the tide-gauge record between the 1990s and the 2000s. This makes strong physical sense.”
It also aligns better with actual observations from Greenland and Antarctica. Scientists have shown that both of the Earth’s major ice sheets have seen an accelerating rate of ice loss in recent years, which ought to help drive an accelerating rate of sea level as well.
The key question then becomes just how fast the annual rate of sea level rise can actually increase. In one thought experiment recently, former NASA climate scientist James Hansen calculated the consequences if the “doubling time” for ice loss is as fast as 10 years — finding dramatic sea level increases as a result.
“Doubling times of 10, 20 or 40 years yield sea level rise of several meters in 50, 100 or 200 years,” Hansen’s study concluded. However, it is far from clear at this point that ice loss is actually increasing this rapidly.
So far, the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change officially estimates that the high-end sea-level rise projection for 2100 is lower than some of these scenarios, closer to about 1 meter (3.3 feet) by that year. But that has recently been challenged by new work estimating that Antarctica alone could add this much to global sea levels by 2100 if high levels of human greenhouse gas emissions continue.
Fasullo says that debate — over precisely how fast acceleration happens, or where that leaves us in 2100 — remains unresolved. For now, he says, at least it’s pretty clear that the acceleration is actually happening as expected.
“Accelerated sea level rise is real, and it’s ongoing, and it’s not something we should doubt based on the altimeter record,” said Fasullo.
Clarification: This story was updated to note that the satellite based sea level record comes from a series of multiple satellites, not just the TOPEX/Poseidon satellite.
Credit: The Washington Post