Sunday, June 28, 2009

Sold on Solar: Clean, Cheap Power for Everyone

By: Shurna Robbins

Published on Sunday, June 28, 2009
The Observer

Sharon Banks stands on the beach overlooking her late husband’s favourite surfing spot. A hundred feet behind her is the 4200 square foot house that her legendary husband Frank Banks built in South Sound.

But this was not just another wealthy man’s house with a sea view. This house was a part of Frank’s dream to transform this country’s dependence on foreign oil to solar and wind as its primary source of electricity.

As a recently retired partner of Walkers, Frank could easily afford high electricity bills. But he was also an environmentalist, outdoorsman and community activist and he simply could not reconcile himself to the growing evidence that this beautiful country was choking on its own fumes from fossil fuel.

In his mind’s eye, he could picture a country where Caymanians on a tight budget could use all the air-conditioning they need for almost nothing. That was his dream...
see full article.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Does Green Building Have to Break the Bank?

by Roger Valdez

Posted by WorldChanging Team
June 23, 2009, 5:40pm

Mythbuster: Green Building doesn't mean expensive and complex.

The intuitive view of most people might be that building green is going to be vastly more expensive and complex than building to the most basic standards required by local code. It follows that we assume affordable housing probably isn’t going to be green. But a recent article in the Communities and Banking magazine published by the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston (FSB) this spring busts the myth that affordable housing and green housing are opposite and mutually exclusive concepts...see full article.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Camana Bay gets new electric car

Published on Friday 19th June 2009 Cayman Net News

John Felder, left, of Cayman Automotive, presents the keys for a new electric car to Dart’s Derek Haines.

At the recent Rotary Camelot action, Dart Cayman Islands successfully bid on the first electric car in the Cayman Islands, supplied by Cayman Automotive.

The vehicle will be used in Camana Bay, where its quiet running and clean emissions will not impact the environment, said a Dart press release...see full article.

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

As We See It: More Trash Talk

By Dave Schudel and Jack Benz

Published on Tuesday, June 16, 2009 Cayman Net News

A year ago we wrote two pieces all about our favourite Cayman attraction, its National Treasure – the George Town landfill, and it’s good to see it making the news again, but this time from a very different angle (quite literally). What an idea to get on a cruise ship and take a photo – a graphic view of what the real trouble is. And if you look on Google Earth, someone has helpfully posted the panorama on a blue flag over the landfill site.

This shouldn’t really be news. GBB (Gershman, Brickener & Bratton) showed an almost identical photo in their “Winter 2007-08 GBB Waste Outlook” after they had been selected by DEH to consult on waste-to-energy management of the site. And the landfill saga itself is a long-going one...see full article.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Prince helps launch coral reef conservancy

Published on Monday 15th June, 2009
Caymanian Compass

Earl of Wessex Prince Edward and Leader of Government Business McKeeva Bush were both on hand last week as the Central Caribbean Marine Institute launched a new coral reef conservancy at Macaulay Honors College in Manhattan, New York.

A global initiative, slated to begin this summer, the Coral Reef Conservancy is focused on preserving and rejuvenating the world’s coral reefs through education, research and action.
..see full article.

Mega trends form electric future

By Norma Connolly
Published on Monday 15th June 2009
Caymanian Compass

Five unavoidable “mega trends” dictate the future of sustainable electricity generation on the planet, utility company executives were told at a regional conference held in Cayman this week.

Business consultant and author Mark Gabriel, speaking at a conference of CEOs of Caribbean electricity companies this week, explained that mega trends occur regardless of the state of the economy or government or corporate intentions.

Mr. Gabriel’s book “Visions for sustainable energy future” outlines the five mega trends and he explained them to the delegates at the Electric Utility Services Corporation, or CARILEC, conference...see full article.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Boy discovers microbe that eats plastic

Published on Fri, Jun 12 2009
Mother Nature Network

PhDs have been searching for a solution to the plastic waste problem, and this 16-year-old finds the answer.

Photo: Samuel Mann/Flickr

It's not your average science fair when the 16-year-old winner manages to solve a global waste crisis. But such was the case at last May's Canadian Science Fair in Waterloo, Ontario, where Daniel Burd, a high school student at Waterloo Collegiate Institute, presented his research on microorganisms that can rapidly biodegrade plastic...see full article.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Conserving overseas territories

Published on Tuesday 9th June, 2009
Caymanian Compass

Volcano eruptions, invading reindeer and starving penguins were among the myriad subjects covered in just one session of a conservation conference of British Overseas Territories in Cayman this week.

The wide–ranging conference attracted speakers and delegates from as far afield as South Georgia near the Antarctic, South Africa and the Canary Islands in Spain.

A session early in the conference brought to light some of the expected, and unsual, effects that climate change is having on small island nations.

In introducing the session, former governor of the Cayman Islands, Bruce Dinwiddy, said: “I first became concerned about climate change 12 years ago when I saw first hand the effect of slowly rising sea levels on the British Indian Ocean Territory which is even lower and flatter than Grand Cayman.”...see full article.

Monday, June 8, 2009

June 8th is "World Oceans Day"

World Oceans Day provides an opportunity each year to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea. The Ocean Project, working closely with the World Ocean Network each year, helps to coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, businesses. For more information on events worldwide, check out The Ocean Project website.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Ocean Trash Problem Highlighted by Search for Missing Plane

Published Fri June 5, 2009
John D. Sutter, CNN

Trash clutters the world's oceans, as shown here
in a file photo near Hong Kong.

The search for the Air France flight that went missing near Brazil on June 1st was complicated by large amounts of ocean debris thought to be wreckage from the airplane.

According to scientists, the world's oceans are increasingly filled with trash, primarily plastic, which gets caught in currents and creates large gyres full of debris. In fact, almost 80 percent of the trash that ends up in the ocean begins its journey on land and is swept out to sea either from beaches or through waterways and sewer systems...see full article