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Capitalism and Slavery

Map The West Indian islands became the hub of the British Empire of immense importance to the grandeur and prosperity of England.
British Commerce and the Triangular Trade According to Adam Smith, the discovery of America and the Cape route to India are “the two greatest and most important events recorded in the history of mankind”. The importance of the discovery of America lay not in the precious metals it provided but in the new and inexhaustible market it afforded for Eur...
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The Slaves and Slavery

painting The slaves, however, were not prepared to wait for freedom to come to them as a dispensation from above.
We have considered the different attitudes to slavery of the British Government, the British capitalists, the absentee British West Indian planters, and the British humanitarians. We have followed the battle of slavery in the home country. It would be a grave mistake, however, to treat the question as if it were merely a metropolitan struggle. The ...
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Globalized * Climatised * Stigmatised

camillo-Open-day The deepening crisis that is climate change cannot continue to be confronted at the glacial pace of business-as-usual multilateral diplomacy.
Many more will have to suffer Many more will have to die Don’t ask me why Bob Marley The squandering of oil and gas is associated with one of the greatest tragedies, not in the least resolved, whish is suffered by humankind: climate change. Fidel Castro   The Climate Threat There are thousands of books and academic journals, well sourced and p...
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People, Planet and Profits - RVA at The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference

stina-big Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development
Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development  as part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO's Strategy for Sustainable Tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes offering a regional forum fo...
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Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone

Caribbean Leaders to Create World's First Climate Smart Zone
With the right domestic and international reforms, the world can take climate change by the reins. The Caribbean will be home to the world’s first “climate start zone”, an initiative dedicated to the discovering new ways to break through the systemic obstacles that stall the flow of finances to climate-conscious investments. The announcement at the...
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The Caribbean produces less than 0.1% of the global pollution

The Caribbean produces less than 0.1% of the global pollution
Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister Gaston Browne on Thursday championed the cause of Caribbean and other Small Islands Developing States (SIDS), which he said are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Addressing the 72nd session of the United Nation General Assembly, the Antigua and Barbuda leader noted that whatever position and ...
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A brain-storm approach to organic agriculture

A brain-storm approach to organic agriculture
Caribbean countries are particularly susceptible to climate change related risks. For these reasons, the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA), the Ministries of Agriculture of the Eastern Caribbean States (ECS) and other partners launched a Regional Competition to identify, document and disseminate successful cases of the ...
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Farming Beyond Drought

Farming Beyond Drought
The Caribbean accounts for seven of the world’s top 36 water-stressed countries and Barbados is in the top ten. The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) defines countries like Barbados, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis as water-scarce with less than 1000 m3 freshwater resources per capita.   Caribbean farmers have been battling ...
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Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean

Hurricane Matthew continues on its slow but steady track across the Caribbean; how climate change could have affected this type of phenomenon is still something many are wondering about it. Hurricane Matthew. Photo Credit: Patch . Hurricane Matthew in the Caribbean The Hurricane is moving toward Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba, experts caution that the st...
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Making Caribbean Transport Climate-Resilient

The Caribbean Development Bank has approved $768,000 to study and build climate-resilient roads in its Borrowing Member Countries. This study will be conducted in two countries, which will be selected on the basis of location and high risk profile. Flooded road in Kingston during Hurricane Dean - Photo Credit: Wikipedia The end goal of the project ...
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Japan Contributes US$ 1.8 Million To Jamaica's Climate Change Fight

Japan will contribute 220 million Jamaican dollars to the country's efforts in fighting climate change. The initiative is framed in the Japan-Caribean Climate Change Partnership, which will see the Asian country spend US$ 15 million in eight Caribbean countries. The project is being implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP...
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Lionfish - A Looming Crisis in the Caribbean

Lion-fishing Lionfish are pretty easy to catch, taste good and could be advertised as a conservation dish.
Their numbers continue to expand. They are spreading throughout the Caribbean Sea. Eradication appears almost impossible. It is very difficult to control them and right now the best available plan is to capture and eat them. Red Lionfish. Photo Credit: Wikipedia “This is a new and voracious predator on these coral reefs and it’s undergoing a p...
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