A Circumnavigation of Cuba

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A circumnavigation of Cuba provides an opportunity to soak up Cuba’s stunning beauty and biodiversity. Latest Science

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Another great reason to visit Cuba: it’s green

Green Traveler Guides

It’s Cuba, of course, where you go to see 1959 again. Caribbean Community Cuba Cuban national parks Cuban UNESCO biospheres eco-conscious Cuba eco-friendly Cuba eco-friendly Vinales Valley green Cuba greenest countries in the world organic Cuba| Viva La Eco-Revolucion! | | Today’s hottest travel destination in The Americas is an island frozen in time.

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Arab aid group funds mega-solar project in Cuba

Green Prophet

The Abu Dhabi Fund for Development (ADFD), the leading national entity for international development aid, together with the Cuba’s Ministry of Energy and Mines, and International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) , today inaugurated a new 10 megawatt (MW) solar PV project. The inauguration took place in the presence of Cuba’s Vice-Minister of Energy and Mines, Mr. Livan Arronte, His Excellency Bader Almatrooshi, UAE Ambassador to Cuba, and Francesco La Camera, Director-General of IRENA.

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The farmer who’s starting an organic revolution in Cuba

Green (Living) Review

agroecology CubaFernando Funes Monzote’s theories of ‘agroecology’ bear fruit as he aims to inspire others to make the most of their land Like all homestead stories, Fernando Funes Monzote’s starts with an epic battle against harsh elements and long odds. Funes, a university-trained agronomist, settled on a badly eroded, brushy hillside outside Havana four years ago and began digging a well into the rocky soil.

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The Urban Farmers of Cuba

Green (Living) Review

This selection highlights urban farmers on the island nation of Cuba. Slow Food Almanac (Slow Food, 2013) argues that something valuable has been lost in this era of fast food and instant gratification. Humanity needs the pleasure meals made with love and attention, and from locally grown ingredients.

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Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba


New scientific findings reveal that Cuba’s rivers are in better health than the Mississippi River. The research was a joint effort between Cuba and the United States, marking the two countries’ first collaboration in more than 60 years. The work was part of a study on Cuba’s hydrology, focusing on the water quality of the island’s rivers. Compared to the Mississippi River, Cuba’s 25 rivers surveyed showed lower nutrient concentration of phosphorus and nitrogen pollution.

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Urban Agriculture to be Extended in Cuba

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) Havana, Cuba – The urban and suburban agriculture programmes in Cuba will be extended to 156 out of the 169 municipalities of Cuba before the close of the year, so said Adolfo Rodriguez, head of the National Group in charge of that initiative. Cuba also had little chance to do other after the collapse of the USSR when it met its very own Peak Oil well ahead of the rest of the world.

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Arab loan offers $105 million USD to fund renewables globally

Green Prophet

Cuba will receive an Arab fund loan to develop solar power. Among the recipients are the island nations of Antigua, Cuba and Barbuda, but also the Maldives and Nepal. In Cuba , a project will receive an ADFD loan of US$20 million to install 8.5

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World’s 10 best ethical destinations for 2014

Green Traveler Guides

Africa Bahamas Barbados Cape Verde Caribbean Cuba Dominica Egypt Europe Iran Latvia Lithuania Middle East Namibia Oceania Palau South America Uruguay Chile ethical travel Ethical Traveler Green Travel News Mauritius Philippines Reuters

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World’s 10 best ethical travel destinations for 2015

Green Traveler Guides

Africa Cape Verde Chile Cuba Dominica Ghana Grenada Lithuania Madagascar Malawi Mauritius Palau Samoa South America The Americas Tonga Vanuatu best developing nations to visit ethical travel ethical travel 2015 Ethical Traveler

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Cuban painted snails critically endangered by illegal wildlife trade


The ‘painted snails’ are native to Cuba and are known to be the world’s most beautiful snails. Although there are laws that prohibit the trade of painted snails in Cuba, the illegal wildlife trade continues to threaten their existence.

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The Green Changemakers

The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil - 53 min - Jul 6, 2008 [link] When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope. Since the early 1990s, an urban agriculture movement has swept through Cuba, putting this capital city of 2.2 Cuba has a lot to show the world in how to deal with energy adversity."

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The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil

The Green Changemakers

Link: [link] When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1990, Cuba's economy went into a tailspin. Cuba, the only country that has faced such a crisis – the massive reduction of fossil fuels – is an example of options and hope. The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil is a project of The Community Solution, a non-profit organization that designs and teaches low-energy solutions to the current unsustainable, fossil fuel based, industrialized, and centralized way of living.

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AGRICULTURE IN THE CITY A Key to Sustainability in Havana, Cuba

The Green Changemakers

AGRICULTURE IN THE CITY A Key to Sustainability in Havana, Cuba Maria Caridad Cruz and Roberto Sánchez Medina Ian Randle Publishers/ IDRC 2003 ISBN 9-76637-158-X e-ISBN 1-55250-104-3 244 pp. Like Zambia, Mozambique, and Armenia, Cuba responded to this crisis with a food program that included support to urban agriculture: farming in the city. This book presents the results of a 3-year research project on the history and state of urban agriculture in Havana, Cuba.

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At least no one said 'Canada'

Environmental Economics

I randomly take attendance in my Intro class (for exam bonus points).    Today, to record attendance, and for fun, under the guise of 'current events are important,' I asked the class to put their name on a sheet of paper and list three countries in which the U.S. has active military engagements--that is, fighting.    A few random (cherry-picked) responses: South Africa. Denmark. North Korea. Japan. China. Vietnam. Liberia. Africa. Middle East. Lebanon. Seria.

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Hurricane Ida supercharges climate change in the US

A Greener Life

Hurricane Ida shortly after it made landfall. Photo credit: NASA via Wikimedia. By Anders Lorenzen. Last week a major hurricane hit the southern US, bashing the coast of Louisiana and the city of New Orleans and surrounding states.

Alternative summit on environment and people held in Bolivia

Green Blog

Business & Politics Bolivia climate summit Cop15 Copenhagen Cuba Ecuador environment summit Evo Morales Hugo Chavez Nicaragua Paraguay people summit VenezuelaPresident of Bolivia, Evo Morales, at the UN climate summit in Copenhagen in December 2009. Photo by Simon Wedege.

"UNC-Wilmington Orders Mandatory Evacuation as Storm Approaches"

Environmental Economics

The storm passed over Haiti on Tuesday, leaving a path of destruction, and was reaching Cuba on Tuesday night, according to reports by ABC and NBC News. I hope everyone in FL, GA, SC and NC remains safe: The University of North Carolina at Wilmington announced on Tuesday afternoon that all 15,000 of its students would be required to evacuate the coastal campus by midday on Thursday as Hurricane Matthew, one of the most powerful Atlantic storms in years, approaches from the south.

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Farmscape: The Importance of Urban Farming

Green Living Ideas

In the TEDx talk with DuBois, he notes his inspiration as the country of Cuba, which began a massive change in food infrastructure following the collapse of the USSR and their oil imports. In the same way that Cuba re-farmed the nation, so too can American cities. How do you start a revolution? Simply look around you are see what issues need to be solved, and figure out how you can be a part of the solution. Does this seem simplistic? Absolutely. But is it doable? Of course!

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Electricity for Cuban mountain villages

Green (Living) Review

In 2008, the west of Cuba was haunted by a terrible hurricane which caused considerable damages among others in the villages of El Toro and El Brujito located in the mountains of the district of Artemisa in the west of Cuba. Phaesun installs independent solar systems in the framework of the Karen e.V.

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Cuban doctors and nurses in Haiti put the world to shame

Green (Living) Review

The doctors and nurses of communist Cuba are the backbone of the fight against cholera in Haiti by Michael Smith (Veshengro) It is they who are the real heroes of the Haitian earthquake disaster, of the human catastrophe on America's doorstep which Barack Obama pledged a monumental US humanitarian mission to alleviate, and where all what happened was a US military invasion. Cuba's contribution in Haiti is like the world's greatest secret.

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300KW solar PV system installed at Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay


The Navy has also taken a significant step in lieu of its aim to cut down on fossil fuel use by the end of the year 2020 by constructing a 1,200 panel solar power system that will generate clean electricity at the Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Solar Source Installs Cuba’s Largest Solar Array at Guantanamo Bay. This military base at Guantanamo Bay has generated its own electricity since the time when its efforts to become independent from Cuba’s water and power supply.

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Why a (Nearly) Deserted Island Gives Me Hope for the Oceans

Cool Green Science

We also began quietly working with the government of Cuba years ago in anticipation of the “opening up” that is now beginning. A fortunate byproduct of Cuba’s economic isolation has been a limit of coastal development that has maintained some of the healthiest reefs and marine habitats on Earth. As change comes to Cuba, we are enabling the nation to avoid the disastrous overdevelopment that has ruined coastal habitats and fisheries elsewhere.

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The Green Buzz: Friday, September 13

Cool Green Science

Swimming from Cuba to the U.S. ? Turns out no one really knows where the unlucky association for “Friday The 13th” came from but fingers crossed, just to be safe. Extensive flooding has made the Front Range area of Colorado treacherous. This story continues to develop…( Denver Post ). Nasa’s Voyager 1 spacecraft launched during the disco era and has reached interstellar space & guess what? It’s windy. Washington Post).

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Guantanamo Bay won't be closed down soon

Green (Living) Review

by Michael Smith (Veshengro) The illegal prisons camps of Guantanamo Bay on the Island of Cuba will not be closed down any time soon and that despite of the promises made by US President Barack Obama when he took office. Human Rights campaigners and -organizations have been criticizing the conditions in the camps on Cuba.

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The Green Buzz: Thursday, June 27

Cool Green Science

Can sharks in the Gulf and off Cuba’s coast be saved by a sustainable fishery? Like to drink orange juice in the morning? Then you’ll be interested in today’s green news. A new invasive bug in Florida is threatening the state’s citrus crop. ( NPR ). Experts and journalists have weighed in, and here are four key moments of Obama’s climate change speech. TreeHugger ). Did extreme weather cause a tsunami in New Jersey ? Huffington Post ).

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Searching for Whoopers: New Report Showcases Gulf of Mexico Migrants

Nature Conservancy - Science

Mexico, Canada, and Cuba ­­ — creating the most comprehensive data assembly and threat assessment for migratory Gulf species to date. Those maps revealed the Gulf’s most significant migratory blueways: the confluence of the Mississippi River and the Gulf, South Florida and the Florida Strait, the northern Yucatan Peninsula, and northwestern Cuba. I’m standing in the Aransas National Wildlife Refuge visitor’s center, and I’m nervous.

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Consider the Catbird: The Surprising Secrets of a Common Backyard Bird

Nature Conservancy - Science

Cuba’s Zapata Swamp: a nice place to imagine your backyard catbird. But for better spatial resolution, my imagination is saying the Zapata Swamp of Cuba. Gray catbird. Photo: © Mike Kilpatrick. By Joe Smith, ornithologist and restoration ecologist. Consider the gray catbird: the tropical long-distance migrant that may well be nesting in your backyard this summer. Gray catbirds are common, so you may not pay them much attention.

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Peak Oil solutions

The Green Changemakers

Learning from Cuba's Response to Peak Oil Megan Quinn of The Community Solution discusses her visit to Cuba, and the movie "The Power of Community". PERMACULTURE & PEAK OIL: Beyond 'Sustainability' David Holmgren is co-originator (with Bill Mollison) of the permaculture concept and author of the recent book, PERMACULTURE: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability.

Growing Cities Growing Food: Urban Agriculture on the Policy Agenda: A Reader on Urban Agriculture

The Green Changemakers

This book on Urban Agriculture is a joint effort of various organisations: The thematic papers have been prepared for the international workshop "Growing Cities, Growing food" in Havana, Cuba (October 1999) that was organised by DSE, with technical support of ETC and GTZ and funded by BMZ, CTA and SIDA.

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Urban farms herald green city 'revolution'

The Green Changemakers

But while many countries are in the early stages of their urban agriculture development, China, Japan and Cuba have had successful city farms for decades. Cuba's model of environmentally friendly and sustainable urban agriculture has been an inspiration for numerous city projects around the world. When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, Cuba's supplies of cheap oil suddenly dried up, plunging the country into a severe recession referred to as "the Special Period."

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Copenhagen: Five Countries Agree On Tenative Climate Framework

Eco Friendly Daily

Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela and Nicaragua have also expressed their anger regarding the proposed plan. Belief that a climate agreement would be met to replace the Kyoto Protocol persisted for years leading up to the climate change talks in Copenhagen. However, as the weeks grew closer to the meeting itself, countries began expressing the likelihood of no deals coming out of Copenhagen. Unfortunately, this does seem to have been the case at the end of the conference.

Guerilla Gardening

Green Earth Journey

In Cuba, guerrilla gardening has grown into a countrywide tradition. Today, up to 70% of Cuba’s fresh produce is grown in these urban gardens. Guerilla Gardening is when a group of people (or I suppose you could go by yourself) find a piece of public property that is baron. At night they come back armed with shovels, plants, flashlights, and water. The plant the lowers in the cover of night and then leave.

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Help the Environment by Avoiding These Single-Use Plastics


There is an area that spans the distance between Virginia to Cuba called the Great Atlantic Garbage Patch containing what they call “a soup of plastic” in the ocean, which holds up to “26 million plastic fragments per square kilometer [9].” Convenience is easy, but easy doesn’t necessarily mean good. Due to our tendency of taking the easy way out, our beloved planet is taking a massive hit.

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Allotments and Community Gardens

Green (Living) Review

We should and must take a leaf out of the book of Havana, Cuba and Cuba as a whole in the way that food security is being worked on in that island. While in Cuba it may be driven by utter necessity as they have great problem bringing in stuff from abroad it would also be good for the likes of us in Britain and the USA to go a similar route of making use of available spaces in towns and cities where to grow food locally.

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Sewage Pollution: The Next Great Threat for Coral Reefs

Nature Conservancy - Science

Elkhorn coral at Jardines de la Reina, Cuba. Coral Reef at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © USFWS / Jim Maragos. By Justine E. Hausheer, science writer for The Nature Conservancy. When you think of the top threats to coral reefs, sewage isn’t usually at the top of the list. Climate change, coral bleaching, and overfishing are the more familiar hazards, but pollution from untreated sewage is serious threat to reefs and the services they provide for marine life and people.

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Understanding Waste Decomposition

Eco Friendly Daily

Back in 1959, Fidel Castro took control of Cuba. The problem with our species is that we tend to look in the short term, and not the long term like we should. We burn fossil fuels now because the worry of raised sea levels and climate catastrophe is 90 years away (or possibly sooner). This mentality has caused us problems in the past and it is going to cause us problems in the future as well. One area where short term thinking really hurts the environment is with garbage.

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There’s a Huge Garbage Patch on the Atlantic Too

Eco Friendly Daily

The patch covers a region between 22 and 38 degrees north latitude—approximately the distance from Cuba to Virginia. You might have heard about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. That almost continental sized accumulation of plastic debris situated in remote waters between California and Hawaii. Now, you can hop over and see its cousin – on the Atlantic Ocean. The growing garbage patch on the Atlantic has been ignored till now.

Check out Glasir, the tree-shaped urban farming solution


Related: Sustainable agriculture cleans up rivers in Cuba In addition to the use of extremely water-efficient aeroponic growing methods, Glasir reduces its environmental impact with translucent photovoltaic cells that power its electricity needs.

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The myth about a bloody October Revolution

Green (Living) Review

Nicaragua and El Salvador were the operating ground of United Fruit Company with its own army which was, basically, a CIA force and the same goes for Cuba and other Central and South American countries where the people wanted to go a different route to that prescribed by the USA, such as Chile. Be this Venezuela, Cuba or any other country, whether in Latin America or elsewhere.

It’s Time to End the Gar Wars

Nature Conservancy - Science

There are seven species, found only in North and Central America and Cuba. Longnose gar. Photo: © Solomon David. By Matt Miller. I’ve recently expressed hope on this blog that attitudes are changing about native fish – that anglers and conservationists are valuing the whole of freshwater diversity and not just so-called “gamefish.”. And then I open Outdoor Life magazine , and realize that we have a long way to go. A very, very long way.

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Countries phasing out fossil fuel cars

Green (Living) Review

Truth is, and I will keep saying this until it has finally sunk into the heads of people, that the age of personal motoring, just as one of the people in the documentary “The Power of Community”, about Cuba not so long ago, is history.

Developing countries doing more to save climate – Developed country leadership missing

Green (Living) Review

Bonn, Germany, May 3, 2013 – The Like-Minded Developing Countries (LMDC) group, today, reminded developed countries that developing countries are doing more than their fair share to save the climate at the close of the first round of climate talks. A recent study by the Stockholm Environment Institute and Oxfam reveals that developing countries are going to contribute more to cutting greenhouse gases than developed countries.