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New RSS Feed - Update Your Newsreaders!
<p>In conjunction with the launch of it`s Newsblog, the <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean Climate</a>, the CARICOM Climate Change Centre has a new RSS Feed.<strong> </strong></p>

<p><strong>The old RSS Feed will be discontinued.</strong> If you were using the RSS Feed feature<strong> please update your newsreader by subscribing to the new RSS Feed </strong>at<strong> </strong> or by clicking <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">Caribbean Climate</a> can be accessed via the News section at the Centre`s website at <a href=""></a> or directly at <a href=""></a>.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> (Timo Baur) Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:28:51 +0000
Climate Change Resilient Buildings Survey Underway
<p>A study jointly funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona  is now underway to ascertain the climate resilience and status of commercial buildings across the region. According to the “Developing Design Concepts for Climate Change Resilient Buildings in the Caribbean” project team, “climate change resilience looks at [buildings'] ability to withstand stress from hazards such as floods, wind, seismic shifts … and the extent to which energy efficient features have been designed within the infrastructure.” To participate in the study you may <a class="caption" href="" target="_blank" title="Developing Design Concepts for Climate Change Resilient Buildings">complete the Developing Design Concepts for Climate Change Resilient Buildings survey here.</a></p> (Tyrone) Fri, 25 Jan 2013 20:24:29 +0000
Dr. Leslie Speaks at Joint Climate Modelling Session
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<p>Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, recently spoke at the joint sessions of the Second Annual Meeting of the Caribbean Climate Modelling Group and the Second Regional Workshop on Climate Change Modelling and Adaptation at the Roy Marshall Teaching Complex of the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados. The joint meeting focused significantly on boosting early warningsystems across the region. See The Barbados Advocate for full coverage of the event. <a href="" target="_blank">Read more…</a></p> (Tyrone) Thu, 24 Jan 2013 21:14:32 +0000
5Cs Welcomes High-level Korean Delegation
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<p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>The CARICOM Climate Change Centre (CCCCC) welcomed a high-level delegation from South Korea to its offices today for exploratory talks on green energy and sustainable development pilot programmes. The delegation included representatives from the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). The delegation met with the 5Cs following the signing of an agreement to further bilateral relations between Belize and South Korea. The agreement included funding of US$400, 000 for capacity building within Belize’s Ministry of Energy, Science, Technology and Public Utilities.</p> <p> </p> (Tyrone) Mon, 21 Jan 2013 23:08:41 +0000
Major Science & Innovation Contests for Caribbean Students
<p>Applications are now open for the 2013 Student Programme for Innovation in Science and Engineering (SPISE) and Sagicor Visionaries Challenge. The Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF), which is leading both initiatives, says both programmes are aimed at high school students across the region. CSF says SPISE “is a unique opportunity for students with strong interest in pursuing careers in science and engineering to spend four weeks of total immersion in STEM in Barbados this summer”. The all expense paid programme is open to applicants who will be at least 16 years of age but less than 18 years of age on July 1, 2013, and have completed CXC exams or equivalent in math and science subjects.  The 2013 programme will run from July 20 to August 17, 2013, and will be held at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Cave Hill campus in Barbados, with UWI and the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) providing critical resources and support. Applicants are expected to submit all required documents by April 22. You may learn more about the programme and how to apply <a class="caption" href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p>

<p>Entries for the Sagicor Visionaries Challenge are due on February 12, 2013. The inaugural problem-solving and poster competition is open to high school students in 12 Caribbean Countries – Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago. Entrants will compete in teams and propose solutions to a problem in their school or community using science and technology. The champion teams will be awarded both national and regional prizes.  Learn more about the SVC application process <a class="caption" href="" target="_blank">here</a>.</p> (Tyrone) Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:37:01 +0000
COTED Energy Meeting Next Month
<p>The Forty-First Special Meeting of the Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) on Energy will be held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago from 27 February to 1 March 2013. The Ministerial Session will be held on 1 March following the Preparatory Meeting of Officials on 27 February 2013.</p>

<p>Two key items on the Agenda are the finalization of the Regional Energy Policy and Agreement by Member States on Targets and Strategies for Renewable Energy (RE) and Energy efficiency (EE) under the first phase of the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). Learn more about this and other Energy matter in the Caribbean via<a class="caption" href="" target="_blank"> CC Energy – Issue 13_Oct – Dec 2012</a></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> (Tyrone) Mon, 21 Jan 2013 20:21:56 +0000
Nicaragua Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017
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<p>According to <a href="">Nicaragua's </a>newly released <a href="">National Development Plan</a> calls for <a href="">94% of the country’s electricity needs to be sourced from renewables by 2017</a>. This would marks a major push to transform the Central American nation where the vast majority commercial electricity is generated by imported petroleum. A small portion of domestic energy is currently generated through <a href="">hydropower </a>and <a href="">geothermal power</a>.</p> <p>Read more: <a href="" target="_blank" style="color: #003399;">Nicaragua's National Development Plan Aims To Be 94% Powered By Renewable Sources By 2017 | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building</a></p> (Tyrone) Thu, 10 Jan 2013 19:52:21 +0000
We're on Twitter!
<p>The CARICOM Climate Change Centre launched its official Twitter page today. This is the Centre's second foray into the social media world having launched a Linked-in page late last year. Communications Specialist Tyrone Hall says the move into social media is part of the Centre's thrust to broaden its online presence and reach out to its diverse regional stakeholders. He says this will also be a key part of the Centre's public education work.</p>

<p>Follow us <a href="">@CARICOMClimate</a>!</p> (Tyrone) Thu, 10 Jan 2013 15:10:30 +0000
3KM Resolution Climate Modeling for the Caribbean
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<p class="MsoNormal"><img class="caption" src="" border="0" alt="Participants at a 5Cs convened climate modeling workshop in Belmopan" title="3KM Resolution Climate Modeling" width="335" height="348" style="vertical-align: middle;" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size: 8pt; line-height: 115%;">Front ( L-R) Chalsay Gill, Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Kendra Clarke, Dr. Xingang Fan; Back (L-R) Ronald Gordon, Dr. Ulric Trotz, Carlos Fuller, Abel Cenfella, Harrison Cooper, Timo Baur, Dr. Jason Polk, Arnoldo Bezanilla and Dr. Josh Durkee. </span></p> <p>A technical team at the CARICOM Climate Change Centre wrapped up a two day workshop this afternoon with a group of climate modeling experts and meteorologists from the U.S-based Western Kentucky University, INSMET and the National Met Service of Belize. The group agreed to launch an exploratory climate modeling project that will cover Bahamas, Jamaica, Belize and the Eastern Caribbean using WRF (version 3), a modeling tool developed by the National Centre for Atmospheric Research and the United States' National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.</p> <p>The use of WRF v.3 to facilitate climate modeling in the Caribbean marks a major positive shift, according to Dr. Trotz, Deputy Director of the Centre. He says WRF will allow for down-scaling to resolutions as high as 9 and 3km, compared to existing regional efforts that produce 25km resolution modeling and even more obscure global resolutions that are as high as 300km. The team says the higher resolutions will allow regional climate change modeling experts to better project the likelihood of extreme weather events, coastal and water resource vulnerability. These projects will in turn provide a more solid basis on which to make policy recommendations.</p> (Tyrone) Fri, 04 Jan 2013 22:52:34 +0000
Climate Change Risk Management Talks Underway in Jamaica
<p>Officials from the CARICOM Climate Change Centre (5Cs) are on a two day consultation visit (December 12-14) to Jamaica to help inform the development of a regional climate change risk ethic in decision making through the creation of a web-based risk management tool that is slated to be launched in April 2013.</p>

<p>The team includes Dr. Neville Trotz, science advisor and deputy director of the Centre and Joseph McGann, program manager, as well as John Firth and Olivia Pain from the UK-based consulting firm Acclimatise.</p> <p>The group will meet with Jamaican government officials from several agencies and development partners. In a statement last evening, the Centre said Jamaica is one of three countries with comprehensive development plans that are involved in the consultation process—Jamaica’s Vision 2030, Barbados’ Green Economy Strategy and Suriname’s Green Vision.</p> <p>The project is being undertaken through the Caribbean Risk Management Project, which is funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN).</p> (Tyrone) Wed, 12 Dec 2012 22:54:20 +0000