Environment

The Media Made Me Not Do Right

The spirit of the times is that all media are to be mistrusted and distrusted, so much so that people ignore warnings to move out as dangerous storms approach because “the media” bear the blame for weather being reported on not arriving exactly as meteorologists forecast. During the approach of the last “biggest ever” storm …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Caribbean, Latin America Among Most Distressed by Extreme Climate Events

 Lima, Peru Dec 2, 2014 – Haiti, the Dominican Republic, St Vincent and Honduras are among countries listed as most threatened by extreme weather events in a report presented by the development and environmental organisation Germanwatch, at the UN Climate Summit (COP20) in Lima, Peru. While the Philippines, Cambodia and India were most affected by …

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Hurricane Humberto 2013

When the Storm Comes, Be Ready

Whether you believe in climate change and its possible effects on the weather, you need to be prepared for the Atlantic Caribbean Hurricane Season that is generally accepted to start on June 1 each year. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center (CPC), says this Atlantic hurricane region includes the North …

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Mark Lee

About Mark Lee

Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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The Saga of a Mississauga River Community

What’s the point of voting if what really counts  is money? It’s as though casting a ballot is really giving away a franchise rather than empowering a governing committee to act on your behalf. Take the 40-year-old community that has grown up, not in isolation, but in a semi-urban setting that has created its identity …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Guyana Farmers Pray for Rain

Rural farmers on the Demerara’s East Coast in Guyana are hoping that the rains quickly come or else they stand to lose millions invested in farmlands for rice and cash crops and they want the government to do more to help them cope with the extremely dry weather brought about by El Nino. Some of …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Earth Day 2010: Barbados Nominates Liz Thompson to head UNFCCC

Forty years on from the first, Earth Day 2010 was marked worldwide by countless events, project launches, meetings, speeches, press releases; actions big and small. The Caribbean was not left out. Our first earth-day-worthy post is that Senator Liz Thompson, former minister of energy and the environment in Barbados, has been nominated by the government …

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Shaggy goes Green in Copenhagen

International reggae artiste, Orville “Shaggy” Burrell has gone ‘green’ in the interest of raising awareness on climate change and encouraging a more secure climate future. He announced his move with his performance at the ‘Seal the Deal: Dance for Climate Change’ concert held in Copenhagen , Denmark on December 7 to raise public awareness about …

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Mark Lee

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Editor, author and writer with career spanning print, radio, television and new media.

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Tasteless Melon Mystery Solved?

Several months ago I visited relatives in the breadbasket region of Southern Manchester and St. Elizabeth , Jamaica . While admiring a seemingly endless field of watermelons with great relish and anticipation, I was jarred by the bizarre exclamation of a befuddled farmer, “dem no good sah, not even fi feed hog.” “Why?” I sheepishly …

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Bahamas Gears up to Address Climate Change

The Bahamas government is moving to put measures in place to help the extremely vulnerable islands adjust to what one government official calls a possible ‘death sentence for small islands.’ Mr. Phillip Weech, Director of the Bahamas Environmental Science and Technology Commission, said that the government was working on an energy policy, exploring alternative sources …

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Adaptation Fund Offers Hope for Caribbean Countries Threatened by Climate Change

IN the race against the fallout from climate change, developing countries, such as those of the Caribbean, could soon see themselves ahead, thanks to the Adaptation Fund. Jeffrey Spooner, who represents the Group of Latin America and Caribbean Countries (GRULAC) on the United Nations Adaptation Fund Board, said such countries may be able to draw …

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Jamaican Entertainers get Exposure to Climate Change Threats

The word is out on climate change and its many harmful effects, current and prospective, and Jamaican entertainers are beginning to hear it. A group of artistes, among them 2008’s Digicel Rising Stars competition winner Cameal Davis, were in late January educated about the phenomena, which threatens not only Caribbean people’s livelihoods, but also their …

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Regional Search and Rescue Course to Boost Disaster Readiness

A regional search and rescue course will be held in Montserrat from February 15th to 24th 2009 to help boost the Caribbean’s preparation for coping with natural disasters. Chief Minister of Montserrat, Dr. Lowell Lewis, said the island’s hosting of the Level 1 pilot course is Montserrat ’s contribution to ensuring that the region utilizes …

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