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MRCU continues attack on swamp mosquitoes

MRCU continues attack on swamp mosquitoes

| 27/05/2016 | 17 Comments

(CNS): As the Mosquito Research and Control Unit (MRCU) gears up to launch a pilot project in West Bay using genetically modified mosquitoes to try and eradicate the urban-loving, disease-carrying, invasive Aedes aegypti, the unit will be focusing on Cayman’s own swamp mosquitoes this week by more traditional methods. Officials said the seasonal aerial operations […]

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CIG to take over supermarket recycling collection

CIG to take over supermarket recycling collection

| 26/05/2016 | 17 Comments

(CNS): The Department of Environmental Health has confirmed it will be taking over the collection of recyclable materials that the public leaves at supermarkets next month, after the private sector firm that has been operating the service announced it was pulling out. The DEH said that the recent request for proposals had only one bidder […]

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Oxitec to release 200,000 GM mosquitoes weekly

Oxitec to release 200,000 GM mosquitoes weekly

| 25/05/2016 | 13 Comments

(CNS): The bio-technology firm which is beginning a mosquito population reduction programme in West Bay next month has revealed that as many as 200,000 genetically engineered insects will be released each week over the life of the project. Over the next few months, as many as 4 million, mostly male, Oxitec GM Aedes aegypti mosquitoes […]

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Dumps pose lung dangers to nearby residents

Dumps pose lung dangers to nearby residents

| 25/05/2016 | 67 Comments

(CNS): Scientists have published the results of a five-year study, which found that people living within a three-mile radius of a landfill are at higher risk of being admitted to hospital or dying from lung disease and that children are particularly vulnerable. The study found gasses emitted by rotting rubbish are increasing the risk of […]

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Ex minister says ‘Trash ain’t treasure’

Ex minister says ‘Trash ain’t treasure’

| 24/05/2016 | 28 Comments

(CNS): Given the economies of scale, it is very difficult to generate a profit from recycling in Cayman but it is an essential part of addressing the growing waste problem and government needs to make the necessary investment, according to Former Cabinet minister Rolston Anglin, who is co-owner of Junk, a recycling business. He said […]

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NCC approves GM mosquito release

NCC approves GM mosquito release

| 19/05/2016 | 12 Comments

(CNS): The National Conservation Council has found that the proposed release of millions of genetically engineered mosquitoes in West Bay does not pose a threat to the bio-diversity of Cayman and has approved the application by the Mosquito Research and Control Unit to undertake a population control project with Oxitec. NCC Chair Christine Rose-Smyth said […]

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Fly tipping plagues Bodden Town

Fly tipping plagues Bodden Town

| 18/05/2016 | 43 Comments

(CNS): A local subdivision in the district of Bodden Town is quickly turning into a new dump and residents say that while government may have committed to keeping the landfill out of their community, it is almost happening by default. Kerry Tibbetts, one of a number of residents who have raised concerns about the problem, […]

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Activists in US raise alarm over GM mosquitoes

Activists in US raise alarm over GM mosquitoes

| 16/05/2016 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Just as bio-scientists are releasing tens of thousands of genetically engineered Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in Grand Cayman as part of a project to try and eliminate them, a group comprising public health, food safety and environmental activists in Florida is raising the alarm about the modified insects created by Oxitec. The Center for Food […]

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Oxitec insists GM mozzies are safe and effective

Oxitec insists GM mozzies are safe and effective

| 11/05/2016 | 19 Comments

(CNS): Responding to concerns about the long-term impact of releasing genetically engineered mosquitoes in an effort to eradicate the disease-carrying Aedes aegypti species, the firm behind the bio-science that has created sterile male insects insists that it is not only safe but very effective. Refuting claims by GeneWatch UK, which has expressed serious concerns about […]

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NGO challenges claims on GM mozzies

NGO challenges claims on GM mozzies

| 09/05/2016 | 38 Comments

(CNS): Claims that the release of genetically modified sterile male mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands in a pilot programme that began this week could eliminate the Aedes aegypti, the species that transmits several diseases, have been refuted by a non-governmental organisation that monitors the use of GM technology. GeneWatch UK said that previous experiments by […]

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GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

GM mozzies to be released in West Bay

| 05/05/2016 | 99 Comments

(CNS): The Cayman Islands Mosquito Research and Control Unit, in partnership with the UK-based firm Oxitec, will be releasing genetically engineered male mosquitoes across Grand Cayman in a new initiative to try and suppress the population of the Aedes aegypti, the mosquito that spreads a number of viruses. Following controversial trials here and in Florida, […]

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