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US Government continues to support Caribbean in managing impacts of natural disasters


Posted: Thursday,December 6,2018. 11:40 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: In keeping with efforts to strengthen the region’s capacity to mitigate the impact of natural disasters, the United States Government delivered a US $2 million Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) System to the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (5Cs) for use throughout the Eastern and Southern Caribbean.

This initiative is part of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) three-year Climate Change Adaptation Project (CCAP) implemented in partnership with the Belize-based organization.

Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Eastern and Southern Caribbean, Christopher Cushing, formally handed over the equipment to the Executive Director of the 5Cs, Dr. Kenrick Leslie,…

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Plio-Pleistocene decline of African megaherbivores: No evidence for ancient hominin impacts


Megaherbivore extinctions in Africa

Human ancestors have been proposed as drivers of extinctions of Africa’s diverse large mammal communities. Faith et al. challenge this view with an analysis of eastern African herbivore communities spanning the past ∼7 million years (see the Perspective by Bobe and Carvalho). Megaherbivores (for example, elephants, rhinos, and hippos) began to decline about 4.6 million years ago, preceding evidence for hominin consumption of animal tissues by more than 1 million years. Instead, megaherbivore decline may have been triggered by declining atmospheric carbon dioxide and expansion of grasslands.

Science, this issue p. 938; see also p. 892

Abstract

It has long been proposed that pre-modern hominin impacts drove extinctions and shaped the evolutionary history of…

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St Vincent and the Grenadines better able to manage impacts of changing weather patterns


Dr Kendrick Leslie, Executive Director of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Janeel Miller-Findlay, Director Sustainable Development Unit, government of St Vincent and the Grenadines and Christopher Cushing , Mission Director USAID Eastern and Southern Caribbean during the handing over of climate science-related equipment to the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines

KINGSTOWN, St Vincent — As part of ongoing efforts to mitigate the impact of natural hazards in the region, the United States government has procured US$105,000 worth of climate and marine monitoring equipment for the government and people of St Vincent and the Grenadines.

The initiative is part of a US$10 million United States Agency for International Development (USAID) climate…

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African Islands Call for Help as Climate Change Impacts Health


African island states this week said they need more help to cope with the health impacts of climate change, from worsening nutrition to a resurgence in mosquito-borne disease.

At least 23 percent of deaths in Africa are linked to the environment, the highest of any region worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

This figure is expected to rise as global warming disrupts food supply, water sources and weather patterns, said Magaran Bagayoko, WHO’s director of communicable diseases in Africa.

Island nations in particular are already struggling to deal with the consequences, he said, speaking from a conference in Gabon on health and the environment where delegates from across Africa will devise an action plan.

“There is a very direct link between the impact of…

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WHO pollution data shows sobering impacts on African children


Every single child on the African continent under five years old is breathing air tainted by levels of fine particulate matter (PM2.5) pollution higher than the World Health Organization air quality threshold.

That’s according to a report released Monday by WHO that looks at the “silent killer” of air pollution across the globe. It comes ahead of an international conference on air pollution that kicks off in Geneva on Tuesday.

“Polluted air is poisoning millions of children and ruining their lives,” said Tedros Adhanom, the World Health Organization Director General. While that’s a global problem, the health consequences tied to particulate matter are much greater in the low and middle income countries of Africa and WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean region, which covers 21…

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New Center for Study of Slavery to examine troubled Charleston history and current impacts | Features


In 2001, students at Yale University uncomfortable with the school’s expressions of pride in its abolitionist past decided to look into the matter only to discover a complicated history.

The effort received slight attention at the time, but it signaled a shift. Soon, other academic institutions were scrutinizing their pasts.

This academic introspection really got rolling in 2003, when Brown University’s president asked for the formation of a steering committee to examine how the school benefited from the slave trade.

A report published by the Steering Committee on Slavery and Justice made clear that the university benefited a lot: It was founded thanks to support provided by slave traders,…

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