The Caribbean Sees a Giant Sea Turtle Comeback

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The good news is that leatherback turtles are making a comeback in regions that have implemented conservation laws, such as Trinidad, Puerto Rico, Florida, Guyana, and Suriname. However, they still need protection in most areas of the Caribbean, Asia, and the Eastern Pacific. As a follow-up to my co-blogger’s previous post on this topic, Sea turtles make comeback in Caribbean, I would like to add a few spectacular photos of these magnificent creatures.

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[. . .] While Trinidad supports some 80 percent of total leatherback nesting in the Caribbean, with a population of some 15,000 females laying eggs every two years, the turtles are also flourishing in other spots around the region. In northern Guyana, leatherbacks have become the most abundant marine turtle species instead of the rarest one as it was in recent decades. In neighboring Suriname, the creatures’ numbers have jumped tenfold, according to a 2007 assessment…

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Caribbean island of St. Lucia observes Indian Arrival Day

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St. Lucia, a tiny island nation of 176,000 people in the eastern Caribbean, held its first Indian Arrival Day programme to commemorate the arrival of the first group of Indian indentured workers over a century and a half ago, as Shubba Singh reports in this article for India News.

It was the first time that a function had been held to celebrate the arrival of Indians in St Lucia. The function included a presentation depicting events associated with Indian life and a lecture on the Indian immigrants in St Lucia.

Leonard Surage, one of the founders of the newly-formed association – The Indian Diaspora of St. Lucia – described the event as its “inaugural Arrival Day activity”. It was held at the Folk Research Centre, an NGO mandated for promotion and research in St Lucian culture. The commemorative function was attended by historians and people of Indian ancestry, with…

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Sea level rise already forcing changes in Caribbean, other island nations

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This article by Marshall Connolly appeared in Catholic Online. For the original report and the accompanying video, follow the link below.

Sea level rise is one of the most blatant and intrusive indicators of global warming. On the Caribbean island of Grenada, the ocean is already starting to nibble away at fishing villages, rising higher and forcing residents to raise their homes. Grenada is just one place where sea level rise is a threat to the local economy.

Violent weather, storm surges, and a slowly rising sea level have all contributed to the threat coastal communities must face. On Grenada, fisherman Desmond Augustin told the Associated Press, “The sea will take this whole place down. There’s not a lot we can do except move higher up.” Moving higher up means relocating to apartments on a hillside, depriving fishermen and their families of their traditional beachfront living quarters.

This may not…

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