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February 8, 2021

For heavily indebted small islands, resilience-building is the best antidote

Small island nations are taking on water in the form of a vicious debt trap damaging their productivity and ability to recover from disasters and other structural constraints. UNCTAD warns the situation is unsustainable and requires urgent global attention. In December 2020 Fiji was pounded by Pacific Cyclone Yasa, the years’ second category 5 storm, which destroyed …

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The little island of Procida prepares to shine as Italy’s Capital of Culture

The backdrop for the films Il Postino and The Talented Mr Ripley braces itself to balance tourism with tradition Church bells chime and children play freely in the square named after the late actor Massimo Troisi. A restaurant serves fresh fish to the smattering of customers eating outside, and fishermen mend their nets. With clear …

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Oceanography & Blue Economy Centre to be created at UWI Five Islands

The Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda, Gaston Browne, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of the West Indies, Professor Sir Hilary Beckles and the Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, Professor Sir Ed Byrne signed a Memorandum of Understanding this week to formalise collaboration in support of a Centre for Excellence for Oceanography and the Blue …

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Floating solar pilot project near Canary Islands to face up to 10m-high waves

European Union funding has been secured for a floating solar pilot project in Spain to explore how the technology performs in challenging sea conditions. A consortium including Ocean Sun and Fred Olsen Renewables will develop the 250kWp floating PV unit off the coast of Gran Canaria, which the partners say is the sunniest part of …

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Solar-plus-pumped hydro project will bring Hawaiian island of Kaua’i to 80%+ renewables

A large-scale solar PV system paired with pumped hydro energy storage could cover as much as 25% of the Hawaiian island of Kaua’i’s energy demand, pushing the island’s total share of renewables in its energy mix past 80%. A power purchase agreement (PPA) has been signed for the West Kaua’i Energy Project (WKEP) between local …

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A hi-tech eye in the sky lays bare Hawaiʻi’s living coral reefs

A team of researchers used an airborne mapping technique to survey living coral distribution across the main Hawaiian archipelago. Hawaiʻi’s reefs are under threat due to a number of human-driven stressors, such as coastal development, pollution, fishing activities, and climate change events like marine heat waves. Places with high levels of live coral included West …

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