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Coronavirus Updates: Trump suspends all travel from Europe to US for 30 days, excluding UK

Global recession fears intensify;

Tom Hanks tests positive in Australia; NBA basketball season suspended indefinitely. Follow the latest.

Guyana: CARICOM Secretariat headquarters going 100% solar

The CARICOM Secretariat at Turkeyen

On Monday, construction of a photovoltaic power generation system is set to commence.

The project is part of a wider initiative called ‘The Introduction of Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation System in Guyana and CARICOM’, being financed by the Government of Japan.        Continue reading

China versus USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium -e.g. Bolivian coup

By F. William Engdahl – Global Research, November 18, 2019

Electric Vehicles

For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come into focus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil. 

China Moves to Secure Sources             

For China, which has set major targets to become the world’s largest  producer of EVs, developing lithium battery materials is a priority for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period. Though China has its own lithium reserves, recovery is limited, and China has gone to secure lithium mining rights abroad.    Continue reading

OIL: Flood of Oil Is Coming, Complicating Efforts to Fight Global Warming – New York Times

Nov. 3, 2019 – By Clifford Krause – New Your Times

HOUSTON — A surge of oil production is coming, whether the world needs it or not.
The flood of crude will arrive even as concerns about climate change are growing and worldwide oil demand is slowing. And it is not coming from the usual producers, but from Brazil, Canada, Norway and Guyana — countries that are either not known for oil or whose production has been lackluster in recent years.

This looming new supply may be a key reason Saudi Arabia’s giant oil producer, Aramco, pushed ahead last Sunday with plans for what could be the world’s largest initial stock offering ever.

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Electric Cars: Volkswagen starts production of car it says is ‘accessible to millions’

Volkswagen starts factory production of electric car it says is ‘accessible to millions’
  • A ceremony held at Volkswagen’s Zwickau plant was attended by CEO Herbert Diess and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
  • Some of the automotive industry’s major players are now making moves in the electric vehicle sector.

The Volkswagen Group officially started series production of its ID.3 electric car Monday, with the German auto giant aiming to become a world leader in the growing field of e-mobility.          Continue reading

Guyana: Solar Farm Projects for Bartica, Mahdia and Lethem announced

— G$1.7B (US$8.6 Million) solar farm projects for Regions 7, 8, 9

Residents of Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni/Mazaruni), Mahdia in Region Eight (Potaro/Siparuni) and Lethem, Region Nine (Upper Takatu/Upper Essequibo) will soon benefit from an all inclusive 3.15-megawatt solar-powered mini-grids system totaling $1.7B (US$8.6 Million).

Solar farm projects

The project which is being funded by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA) will include a 1.5-Megawatts solar photovoltaic power plant at Bartica will benefit 15,000 residents, while a one-megawatt project at Lethem solar will benefit an estimated 5,000 people.          Continue reading

Contract signed for Hydropower in Kato – despite PPP attempts to block funding – Patterson

Despite moves by the Opposition to block funding for a hydro project in Kato, the money has been acquired and the project will go ahead, Government says.

On Thursday, Minister of Public Infrastructure – David Patterson announced at the National Toshaos Conference that hydropower for the village of Kato, Region 8, will now be possible as a contract was recently signed in this regard.
He explained that the previous administration attempted to secure funding for the project several times but were unsuccessful.    Continue reading

In Pictures and Video: ‘Biggest Day of Climate Action in Planetary History’ – by Jake Johnson

In Pictures and Video:  Over 4 Million Strike Worldwide in Global Climate Strike

“We’re here to reclaim our right to live, our right to breathe, our right to exist.”

Thousands of demonstrators gather at the Jungfernstieg in Hamburg. (Photo: Axel Heimken/Picture Alliance via Getty Images)

Kicking off what organizers say will be the largest mass climate demonstration in history, millions of young people and their adult allies flooded the streets around the world Friday to take part in the Global Climate Strike and pressure world leaders to confront the ecological crisis with bold and urgent action.

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Hydro Energy: Islamic Bank mission in Guyana to finalize energy projects

GEA CEO – Dr Mahender Sharma

GEORGETOWN, Guyana – A team of six officials from the Islamic Development Bank led by Noureddine Mabrouk arrived in Guyana to scope renewable energy projects for off-grid area in partnership with the Guyana Energy Agency (GEA). 

In April of this year, chief executive officer (CEO) of the GEA, Dr Mahender Sharma, said that  Guyana will approach the Islamic Development Bank to finance three additional hydro-powered sites – Ikuribisi hydro which will serve Bartica, Moco Moco and Kumu to benefit disadvantaged indigenous communities in the interior of the country.          Continue reading

The view from Europe: Climate science and the Caribbean reaction – By David Jessop

Caribbean News Now
David Jessop is a consultant to the Caribbean Council and can be contacted atdavid.jessop@caribbean-council.org. Previous columns can be found at http://www.caribbean-council.org

In the last few days new evidence has been published suggesting that scientists are now 99 percent certain that human activity is causing global warming.

As if to validate this, temperatures in parts of Northern Europe spiked this week at 44.9 C (113F), breaking records and confirming changing patterns that have brought extreme weather and higher temperatures often for sustained periods to regions of Africa, the Americas, the Arctic and many other parts of the world.    Continue reading

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