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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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Jamaica urges partnerships to tackle climate impacts, economic fragility in small islands


Prime Minister Andrew Holness of Jamaica addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly. UN Photo/Cia Pak

NEW YORK, USA — Galvanizing an effective global fundraising campaign to address climate change and achieve sustainable economic growth is key for small island developing states (SIDS), Andrew Holness, prime minister of Jamaica, told world leaders at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly on Thursday.

Holness expressed concerns over his country’s vulnerability to a raft of social, economic, environmental, financial and trade-related hazards.

“Together with persistent challenges linked to climate change and more frequent intense weather events; these all impact the pace of our development,” he told world leaders gathered in New York for the…

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How Royal Caribbean’s Silversea Stake Impacts Cruisers


How Royal Caribbean’s Silversea Stake Impacts Cruisers



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