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Profile: Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

Gibson and Anita Caesar: Keepers of the Rainforests

  • By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The rainforests are a powerhouse of diversity. They contain more than half of the animal and plant species on the planet. Many of the medicines that we use today are from plants in the rainforests. Food sources are to be found in the forests as well and we are reminded in the popular media that the rainforests are the ‘lungs of the world.’

This means that they store about 20 per cent of the world’s oxygen. But they also absorb a great portion of the man-made carbon dioxide emissions.

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Conservation of Forests: The Green Heart Of Guyana – Video

Conservation of Forests: The Green Heart Of Guyana – Video

A look into the conservation research that Operation Wallacea carries out in the Iwokrama reserve of Guyana.

Guyana holds one of the largest intact tropical rain-forests in the world and with Operation Wallacea, students like myself, can go to this remarkable place, to work with world renown scientists, indigenous people of the region and like minded people to try and protect this wonder.

Find out more at: https://opwall.com

Environment: A Gift From The Wolves in Yellowstone – Video

Environment: A Gift From The Wolves in Yellowstone – Video

Nature is truly amazing!!!

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

Guyana: Sections of Georgetown flooded after heavy rain on July 1, 2019

These youngsters were seen pedalling through the flooded Front Road in West Ruimveldt yesterday. ( July 1, 2019)

Heavy rainfall flooded several sections of the city yesterday morning and many residents are calling on the Mayor and City Council to engage in a rigorous maintenance progamme to keep drains and canals free of weeds.    Continue reading

Environment: Stop Polluting our Rivers! – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

 – By Dr. Dhanpaul Narine

The rivers of the world are dying. Each day tons of waste is dumped in rivers. As the waterways groan and belch under the weight of garbage and chemicals official action takes the form of lip service. Communities suffer and the planet gets closer to the day when the wheels will grind to a halt.

In June 2015, the waters of La Pasion River in Guatemala were covered with dead and poisoned fi sh. It was found that the river was contaminated by malathion, an agricultural insecticide that is said to be 100 times more poisonous than sewage. The community that is affected is Sayaxche where oil plantations occupy large tracts of land.

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Guyana Tourism: British national finds his oasis in Guyana’s Rupununi Savannah – By Tangerine Clarke

Founder, Managing Director, Englishman, Colin Edwards welcomes First Lady of Guyana, H.E. Sandra Granger to Rock View Lodge, Annai, Rupununi Savannahs.
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Fifty years ago when Colin Edwards left his homeland of England and arrived in Guyana to work as a Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), at the Ministry of Agriculture, he never imagined in his wildest dreams that he would become the founder and managing director of Rock View Lodge, one of the country’s most beautiful eco-tourism destinations, in Annai, Rupununi Savannahs, Region 9.

Rock View Lodge celebrates 27 years of pristine beauty, a hidden gem between the Amerindian villages of Annai and Rupertee where the Pakaraima foothills meet the tropical rainforest.          Continue reading

Brazil’s indigenous tribes protest Bolsonaro assimilation plan

President Jair Bolsonaro plans threaten their reservation lands.

Brazil’s indigenous tribes protest Bolsonaro assimilation plan (Reuters photo)

BRASILIA, (Reuters) – Thousands of people representing the more than 300 tribes native to Brazil marched to government offices in Brasilia this past week to protest the policies of right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro that threaten their reservation lands.

Wearing body paint and headdresses made with the colorful feathers of Amazon birds, they brandished bows and arrows and beat drums while chanting resistance songs. The march comes at the end of a three-day rally in the Brazilian capital called the Free Land Encampment.            Continue reading

Launch of the Guyana Solar Challenge – By SHOS and CYEN – July 1, 2019

By Solar Head of State (SHOS) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN)

Solar Head of State (SHOS) and the Caribbean Youth Environment Network (CYEN) are pleased to announce the launch of the Guyana Solar Challenge – a national competition to engage and educate youth nationwide about the benefits of renewable energy.

Following the success of last year’s Jamaica Solar Challenge, SHOS is again partnering with a local chapter of CYEN to manage publicity and engagement related to the Solar Challenge.    Continue reading

Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana – By Melinda Janki

Water is Everywhere in Georgetown, Guyana — Our Disrespect for it will Kill Us — By Melinda Janki

Melinda Janki

Water is ubiquitous in Georgetown. There is a drain outside every house, flowing towards a canal. Old photos show the beauty of the waterways that comprised the original drainage system for the city.

Guyana sits on what was once known as the “wild coast” of South America. The area was a dangerous swamp that struck terror in the hearts of European adventurers seeking the fabled city of El Dorado. Even Sir Walter Raleigh is rumoured to have come here in search of gold. The name “Guiana” is said to come from an Amerindian word meaning “land of many waters”. Like many myths, it is charming but unsupported by evidence. Water is, however, a dominant motif of Guyana and certainly of Georgetown, the capital city. Water is also likely to end Georgetown’s existence before the 21st century comes to a close.

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