Central America & the Caribbean

Barbudans Launch New Environmental Lawsuit Against Wealthy Developers

"Construction of two private villas inside a national park in Barbuda has sparked the latest environmental legal fight between angry residents and wealthy foreigners seeking to develop the Caribbean island with support from the government."

Source: AP, 02/02/2024

St. Croix Tap Water Remains Unsafe To Drink As US Virgin Islands Seek Fix

"With no date in sight for when it will be safe to drink tap water again on the island of St. Croix, officials in the U.S. Virgin Islands announced Wednesday night that they would distribute water filters and provide free lead and copper testing as they work on long-term solutions."

Source: AP, 01/19/2024

"Indigenous Groups Cede Forest Rights For Sketchy Finance"

"Several companies registered in Latin American countries claiming to have U.N. endorsement have persuaded Indigenous communities to hand over the economic rights to their forests for decades to come, a Mongabay investigation has found. The companies share commercial interests across various jurisdictions, and have not been able to demonstrate experience in sustainable finance projects."

Source: Mongabay, 01/05/2024
February 16, 2024

DEADLINE: NAHJ Scholarships

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists invites applications from US and Puerto Rican graduate and undergraduate students who plan to work in English and/or Spanish-language journalism. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $5,000. Deadline to apply is Feb 16, 2024.

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December 8, 2023

Climate Change in Puerto Rico: Public Opinion and Public Engagement

Join the Yale Center for Environmental Communication for a conversation on Puerto Rican public opinion and engagement on climate change. The speakers will cover the Puerto Rican results from the recent global survey conducted by Meta and YPCCC, challenges and opportunities in the agricultural sector, and more. 12:00 p.m. ET.

November 22, 2023

DEADLINE: Caribbean Climate Journalism Awards

Climate Tracker, in partnership with Open Society Foundations, launches this inaugural competition aiming to recognize and celebrate outstanding journalism focused on climate change and environmental issues within the Caribbean region. Five prizes of USD$400. Deadline: Nov 22, 2023.

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