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GUYANA: OIL: ‘We can’t eat a new road’: Guyanese voice fears over true cost of Exxon’s oil bonanza- Opinion

The Guyanese environmentalist Arnette Arjoon alongside fishing boats docked at Liliendaal, Georgetown.
Over time, the Guyanese environmentalist Arnette Arjoon grew to suspect Exxon was indifferent to the dangers of an oil spill to the coast and rivers of one of the best preserved parts of the Amazon biome. Composite: Fidal Bassier/Guardian/Reuters

Multibillion-dollar deal promising to lift country out of poverty may be false dawn with dire impact on climate, warn campaigners

– The Guardian – Thu 12 May 2022 12.04 BST

Annette Arjoon is not anti-oil. The marine conservationist calls the vast new oilfields off Guyana’s coast a “blessing” that will earn billions of dollars for one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean, even as she recognises that pulling yet more fossil fuel from the ground will deepen the climate crisis.

But Arjoon does have a problem with who is drilling the oil. She has seen firsthand what happens when the US’s largest petroleum company descends on a small country bearing the promise of riches.                  Continue reading

GUYANA: The story behind new National Geographic spotlight on Guyana + videos

— Exploring islands in the sky: 

Guyana is featured in the cover story of the April edition of the National Geographic magazine. The feature, “Up the Mountain, to a World Apart,” is 36 pages inclusive of pull-outs and maps covering the full story of the adventure by climber Mark Synnott with stunning photography by Renan Ozturk. This level of coverage would easily be valued at US$1,000,000.00 and an immeasurable value in highlighting Guyana to the world.

Today, the Disney+ streaming service will air the one-hour National Geographic Explorer documentary, The Last Tepui, bringing even more attention to the amazing topography of Guyana. Undoubtedly the magazine story and the documentary will help thrust Guyana into the forefront of adventure-seeking tourists, adventurers, scientists and documentary-makers.        Continue reading

GUYANA: ENERGY: Why not solar energy? – Opinion

Solar Panels

April 7, 2022 –

Renewable or clean energy, of which there are various forms, is not only the future, but it is what will allow generations to come to dwell on a livable planet; the science on this is indisputable. Energy which is generated by the sun, wind, water, and to a lesser extent biomass is described as renewable. In other words, it is derived from natural processes that are replenishable ad infinitum and at a faster rate than which it can be consumed.

Entreaties for a switch to clean energy date back decades, but now abound as the world continues to heat up, lurching from crisis to crisis, most if not all of which can be traced to the overuse of fossil fuels. Governments mostly dodged the calls, proffering the claim that renewable energy was too expensive – and it was. Over the years, however, the technology has improved to the point where not employing renewable energy makes no sense.

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GUYANA: OIL: Despite Exxon’s warning of dangers in Canje Block, EPA says go ahead

Mar 08, 2022 – Kaieteur News –

Hundreds of tons of waste will be generated on a monthly basis as oil giant, Exxon through its subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), embarks on its 12-well drilling campaign in the Canje Block, but the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has exempted the operator from conducting an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the three-year drilling programme, despite being warned that it could yield adverse effects.

The EPA, in a recently published notice to the public on its website explained that the application by Exxon has been screened by the agency to assess the potential environmental impacts. To this end, the EPA has concluded that the project will not “significantly affect the environment or human health.” However, the operator will be required to prepare and submit an Environmental Management Plan (EMP) for the project.

In its project summary for the 12-well campaign, Exxon pointed out that while similar impacts from its other campaigns could be expected from this project, these could be adverse.          Continue reading

AGRICULTURE: Visit to a Pawpaw / Papaya Farm in Trinidad and Tobago – Video

AGRICULTURE: Visit to a Pawpaw / Papaya Farm in Trinidad and Tobago 

Mr. Terrence Haywood is originally from Laventille and has been farming in La Veronica, Caura for over 40 years. Join us on this episode of GrownHome as our host Khristy Beharry-Renie speaks to Mr. Haywood about his experience as pawpaw (papaya) farmer.  Published January 30, 2022.

#papaya #pawpaw #agriculture #farming ▼Website: http://www.eatahfoodtt.com

WORLD: Climate: ‘The Fuse Has Been Blown,’ and The Doomsday Glacier Is Coming for Us All

New data suggests a massive collapse of the ice shelf in as little as five years. “We are dealing with an event that no human has ever witnessed,” says one scientist. “We have no analog for this” 

By JEFF GOODELL | Rolling Stone

One thing that’s hard to grasp about the CLIMATE CRISIS is that big changes can happen fast. In 2019, I was aboard the Nathaniel B. Palmer, a 308-foot-long scientific research vessel, cruising in front of the Thwaites Glacier in Antarctica. One day, we were sailing in clear seas in front of the glacier. The next day, we were surrounded by icebergs the size of aircraft carriers.

As we later learned from satellite images, in a matter of 48 hours or so, a mélange of ice about 21 miles wide and 15 miles deep had cracked up and scattered into the sea.        Continue reading

Guyana: OIL: EPA’s response to suspected ‘oil spill’ exposes lack of capacity – Opinion

Dr. Troy Thomas

Dec 07, 2021 News – Kaieteur News

 “…If the EPA is taking one week to find the location and determine whether the substance found floating in the water is really crude oil, in the meantime, we can be facing consequences that are colossal…The EPA definitely needs to do better.”

—people have the right to be worried– Dr. Troy Thomas

The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) response to the recent reports of ‘oily substance’ found floating offshore in Guyana’s waters, not only exposes the agency’s lack of capacity with regard to monitoring the country’s oil operations, but points to a need for proper surveillance in this regard.

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Guyana: Georgetown among 9 cities forecast to be under water by 2030 – Climate Central

It was reported that the area that is projected to be under water by 2030 is where 90 percent of Guyana’s population resides. It was also stated that for centuries Guyana’s capital, Georgetown, has relied on sea walls – or, more accurately, one gigantic, 280-mile long sea wall, for protection.

Climate Central map illustrating land projected to be below tideline by 2030.

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CNN: ” A lot of us that are going to be affected before Shanghai and Miami” – Barbados’ PM Mia Mottley

CNN: Mottley to Amanpour: ” A lot of us that are going to be affected before Shanghai and Miami”

Prime Minister of Barbados Mia Amor Mottley – CNN interview with Christine Amanpour:  // sidelines of #COP26 // Glasgow

Guyana: Mabaruma – Region1 – Welcome to Spice Country – Video

Guyana: Mabaruma – Region1 – Welcome to Spice Country – Video

News Room Guyana with Neil Marks

GUYANA: MABARUMA. In this third episode of the series GUYANA, the News Room’s Neil Marks travels to the fertile Hosororo Hills at Mabaruma, at the top of Guyana, to meet the farmers who grow Nutmeg, Black Pepper, Ginger and Turmeric. The focus is on Organic Farming with no pesticides, fertilizers or other chemicals…. real “Natural Farming”.

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