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DoE starts green iguana count

DoE starts green iguana count

| 02/08/2019 | 20 Comments

(CNS): The Terrestrial Resources Unit at the Department of Environment will be starting its annual green iguana count this month. And with more than 830,000 culled over the last nine months, researchers are hoping the population will be much lower than the 1.3 million estimated last August. Cullers made massive strides in denting the population […]

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Euro heatwave melting Greenland

Euro heatwave melting Greenland

| 01/08/2019 | 76 Comments

(CNS): Scientists working in Greenland who are measuring ice sheets and collecting important data for the northern European country are alerting the world about the massive melting taking place there after the heatwave that hit the UK and continental Europe moved north. Danish Meteorological Institute, the official weather service of Greenland, said “almost all the […]

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127 rays counted, with more on the way

127 rays counted, with more on the way

| 01/08/2019 | 2 Comments

(CNS): A team from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation conducted the biannual Southern stingray census at four sites in Grand Cayman last month. While 127 stingrays were counted and analyed during the weekend, the researchers also found that half of the mature female stingrays were pregnant. Details of each ray, such as its size (or “disc […]

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NiCE extended as sargassum keeps rolling in

NiCE extended as sargassum keeps rolling in

| 01/08/2019 | 35 Comments

(CNS): The ongoing saga of the sargassum influx has led the government to extend the National Community Enhancement (NiCE) bi-annual clean-up for another two weeks for some of the 486 Caymanians who signed up for this summer’s programme. The minister responsible for infrastructure, Joey Hew, whose ministry is spearheading the project, told the Legislative Assembly […]

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Students ready to take green action in Cayman

Students ready to take green action in Cayman

| 01/08/2019

(CNS Local Life): Two students from the Cayman Islands recently took part in an Ocean Heroes Boot Camp in Vancouver, Canada, where they met with international green leaders and received advice on how to develop and deliver their campaign to preserve and protect Cayman’s environment. Representatives from groups including the Captain Planet Foundation, Lonely Whale […]

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No duty on some electric cars and bikes

No duty on some electric cars and bikes

| 30/07/2019 | 42 Comments

(CNS): Government has announced that it has cut the import duty on some electric vehicles and bicycles down to zero, while the tariff on hybrid vehicles will also be reduced. The commerce ministry said the goal was to encourage people to buy environmentally friendly cars. Minister Joey Hew, who has responsibility for roads, revealed the […]

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DoE defends conservation law

DoE defends conservation law

| 23/07/2019 | 22 Comments

(CNS): The public is being urged to learn about and understand the National Conservation Law so that they can properly contribute to the current review and make the most of the law itself, which also provides for considerable public input in various areas. Taking to the radio waves last week, officials from the Department of […]

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Committee to mull plastic ban

Committee to mull plastic ban

| 21/07/2019 | 82 Comments

(CNS): Government has put the question of whether or not the Cayman Islands should ban single-use plastics into the hands of a committee, but based on the response to a parliamentary question, the decision appears to be a long way off. Answering a question in writing which had been asked in the Legislative Assembly by […]

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Caribbean hotbed of pollution, report warns

Caribbean hotbed of pollution, report warns

| 18/07/2019 | 40 Comments

(CNS): Marine pollution is threatening the economic prosperity of the Caribbean, especially its smaller islands, according to a recent report by the World Bank. Over-fishing, coral reef decline and plastic are all major threats, and the report found that Caribbean beaches could have three times the amount of plastic than the global average, largely due […]

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Baby blues hatch in wild

Baby blues hatch in wild

| 16/07/2019 | 11 Comments

(CNS): Researchers working on the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme discovered the first wild hatchling of 2019 at the weekend. Pictures of the baby blues captured by the programme’s manager, Luke Harding, and posted on social media show that the species is breeding in the wild in Cayman once again, after being very close to extinction.

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PAHO issues warning about heatwaves

PAHO issues warning about heatwaves

| 16/07/2019 | 14 Comments

(CNS): With weather forecasters calling for a heatwave this summer in the Caribbean region, as well as in Europe and other parts of the northern hemisphere, the Pan-American Health Organization is urging countries to come up with contingency plans to address the potential impact on people’s health and save lives. This current heatwave is expected […]

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