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Cargo ship crushes George Town reef

Cargo ship crushes George Town reef

| 28/11/2016 | 48 Comments
(CNS): The Department of Environment has begun an investigation after the hull of a cargo vessel reportedly crushed a significant area of the reef in the George Town harbour when the ship ran aground. Government officials said inquiries are still at an early stage and they are now surveying the dama [...]

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Cayman facing driest year on record

Cayman facing driest year on record

| 25/11/2016 | 18 Comments
(CNS): The director general of Cayman’s National Weather Service has revealed that 2016 is likely to be the country’s driest year on record. At the end of October statistics for this year showed a deficit of more than 19 inches in the average annual rainfall. “We are looking set to have th [...]

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Cool weather locally but storm threatens Central America

Cool weather locally but storm threatens Central America

| 22/11/2016 | 0 Comments
(CNS): As the late-season Tropical Storm Otto drifted towards Costa Rica and Nicaragua Tuesday, Cayman was enjoying some cooler weather after a very hot year. Global temperatures for 2016 have already broken existing heat records and 2016 is expected to be one of the Cayman Islands’ hottest as wel [...]

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DoE urges conservation of dwindling fish stocks

DoE urges conservation of dwindling fish stocks

| 21/11/2016 | 20 Comments
(CNS): With a number of changes at this time of year over what people can and cannot take from the sea, the Department of Environment (DoE) is urging everyone not to poach and help protect the country’s dwindling fish stocks. Restrictions on take have been put in place as a means of ensuring the l [...]

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World keeps getting hotter, say scientists

World keeps getting hotter, say scientists

| 14/11/2016 | 49 Comments
(CNS): Scientists were raising the alarm Monday, in the face of news that global temperatures continue to shatter records rising towards the irreversible tipping point. During the first nine months of 2016 the average temperature was 2.16 degrees Fahrenheit above those recorded at the end of the 18 [...]

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Turtles still challenged but nest numbers steady

Turtles still challenged but nest numbers steady

| 10/11/2016 | 33 Comments
(CNS): Over 300 turtle nests were identified by Department of Environment staff during this year’s turtle nesting season on Grand Cayman, with a combined total of more than 400 on all three islands, slightly down on the 2015 figures but given seasonal fluctuations, experts believe there is a stead [...]

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Climate change fears mount ‘bigly’ with Trump win

Climate change fears mount ‘bigly’ with Trump win

| 09/11/2016 | 48 Comments
(CNS): Among the economic shocks and social unease around the world in the wake of Donald Trump’s unexpected, Brexit-like win in the US presidential elections are mounting concerns about climate change. Trump has called global warming a “hoax” and threatened to pull out of the Paris climat [...]

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DoE app to help with research and enforcement

DoE app to help with research and enforcement

| 07/11/2016 | 7 Comments
(CNS) The Department of Environment has launched a new ‘app’ that combines information from its marine enforcement officers with that from the public. SIREN Cayman enables both the public and officials to input information relating to sightings of important species and to report what may [...]

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DoE urges people not to support poachers

DoE urges people not to support poachers

| 04/11/2016 | 10 Comments
(CNS): As the conch and whelk season opened this week, officials from the Department of Environment urged people not to support poaching and abide by the catch regulations to help preserve stocks. DoE Senior Research Officer John Bothwell explained why the limits are important even during open seaso [...]

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Cruise tourist finds new species of ant in Cayman

Cruise tourist finds new species of ant in Cayman

| 03/11/2016 | 19 Comments
(CNS): When James Wetterer docked in the Cayman Islands during his Caribbean cruise holiday in April he set off to see the sights, but he did not head to Seven Mile Beach or Stingray City. Instead, the professor at Florida’s Atlantic University headed for the nearest patch of red mangroves to cont [...]

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Cruise dock: economic and environmental questions

Cruise dock: economic and environmental questions

| 25/10/2016 | 34 Comments
‘I don’t want to be a politician’ writes: The truth about the port is that no one can truly assess the environmental damage impact that dredging will have on 7 Mile Beach. A review of sea current action and wind patterns over the past 20+ years indicate a strong probability that si [...]

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