Environment

Plastics ban: Transition period to help business

August 16, 2019

THE six-month transition period for businesses to sell off prohibited single-use plastic bags represents efforts to provide relief to businesses who have made significant financial commitments, according to Ministry of Environment officials.

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Small island countries in the world's oceans are threatened with extinction from sea level rise

August 15, 2019

Throughout the world's vast oceans, small island countries from Jamaica in the Caribbean to Fiji in the South Pacific face an existential threat from sea level rise caused by the climate crisis. These 41 small island developing states (SIDS) including Grenada, Jamaica and [...]

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BTC PARTNERS WITH THE ANNUAL POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP

August 14, 2019

BTC partnered with the Royal Bahamas Police Force as it hosted its 25th annual Summer Youth Camp. The company’s iVolunteer team participated in a number of activities in New Providence and the Family Islands...

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Businesses prepare for single-use plastics ban

August 14, 2019

As the government prepares to implement its ban on single-use plastics in the next five months, some retailers say there are some challenges but they expect a smooth transition. Candia Rolle, who is the purchasing manager for Variety Disposable Products, said the company has not [...]

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Bill banning plastics revealed
Bill banning plastics revealed

August 14, 2019

The Environmental Protection (Control of Plastic Pollution) Bill, 2019, now out for public consultation, would prohibit the import, distribution, manufacturing, possession and sale of single-use plastic bags and food containers...

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Don't let go: Plastics ban to include 2,000 balloons fine
Don't let go: Plastics ban to include 2,000 balloons fine

August 14, 2019

THE upcoming ban on single-use plastics will also outlaw the release of balloons, according to draft legislation that details fines up to $3,000...

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Sandals Foundation and Bahamas National Trust Empower Environmental Leaders

August 12, 2019

Having successfully completed another year of developing young environmental stewards through the Discovery Club, the Bahamas National Trust (BNT) partnered with the Sandals Foundation to prepare its leaders for the future. Representing over 70 Discovery Club units across The Bahamas, these leaders met last week at the annual BNT Discovery Club Leaders' Symposium to renew their knowledge of the program.

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Going Green

August 12, 2019

Draft legislation for the government’s January 1, 2020 ban on select single-use plastics and styrofoam products is expected to be released to the public for consultation by the end of August, according to the Ministry of Environment in response to questions posed by Perspective last week.

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Climate Change: Marine Heatwaves Kill Coral Instantly

August 09, 2019

Increasingly frequent marine heatwaves can lead to the almost instant death of corals, scientists working on the Great Barrier Reef have found...

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Keeping Grand Bahama clean

August 09, 2019

NEW signage erected on Coral Road, Freeport, is part of an ongoing campaign to promote cleanliness of the environment in Grand Bahama.

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UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future
UN climate report: Change land use to avoid a hungry future

August 08, 2019

Human-caused climate change is dramatically degrading the Earth's land and the way people use the land is making global warming worse, a new United Nations scientific report says. That creates a vicious cycle which is already making food more expensive, scarcer and [...]

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Who isn't a stakeholder in the conch debate

August 07, 2019

According to Michael Pintard, minister of agriculture and marine resources, "a national survey is being conducted among stakeholders about a closed conch season which would protect stocks". While there was much in the article that indicated that Pintard does have an inkling of [...]

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Unsightly signs removed

August 07, 2019

Many thanks to Bahamas Public Parks and Beaches Authority Chairman Shanendon Cartwright and the hardworking staff for their prompt response to letters complaining about the unsightly, oversized billboards at Montagu Park...

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Over-the-Hill Residents Continue to be Empowered

August 06, 2019

The Over-the-Hill Unit of the Office of the Prime Minister continues to equip residents with knowledge to empower themselves economically and socially.

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Stop Abusing Land, Scientists Warn

August 06, 2019

Scientists are to deliver a stark condemnation of the damage being done to the land surface of the planet...

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Scientists link Europe heat wave to man-made global warming
Scientists link Europe heat wave to man-made global warming

August 02, 2019

The heat wave that smashed temperature records in Western Europe last month was made more likely and intensified by man-made climate change, according to a study published Friday. The rapid study by a respected team of European scientists should be a warning [...]

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Garbage abounds at Potter's Cay Dock
Garbage abounds at Potter's Cay Dock

August 02, 2019

From overflowing dumpsters to abandoned vehicles and household appliances, garbage is inescapable at Potter’s Cay Dock...

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OPENING OF THE 2019/2020 CRAWFISH SEASON
OPENING OF THE 2019/2020 CRAWFISH SEASON

August 01, 2019

The Department of Marine Resources takes this opportunity to remind stakeholders and the general public that the crawfish season opens on Thursday, 1st August, 2019. As stakeholders prepare to take advantage of the season, the Department admonishes all concerned to recall that:

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Shark Species and Their Handling Discussed at Symposium

July 31, 2019

The Department of Marine Resources officially opened a Shark Symposium, Monday, July 29, 2019. Major international experts are presenting on topics relative to shark species and their handling during the two-day event being held at The Island House, Lyford Cay.

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Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources Michael Pintard Opens Shark Symposium

July 31, 2019

by fishers and others who earn their livelihood from marine-based activities that are potentially increasing the risk of shark attacks in the country. He also assured those in the environmental sector that a balanced approach that would not undermine the country’s continued conservation efforts - that has to date reaped both social and economic gains for this nation - would be followed. The minister’s comments come in the wake of what is seen as an increase in the number of shark attacks experienced in the Baha

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