Environment

Australian High Commissioner invites T&T to join International Coral Reef Initiative

Australian High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago John Pilbeam has invited the Government of Trinidad and Tobago to become a member of the International Coral Reef Initiative (ICRI).

The invitation came at a meeting with Minister of Planning and Development, Camille Robinson-Regis.

The International Coral Reef Initiative is an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strives to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.

Int'l: Dead whale found in Indonesia had over 1,000 pieces of plastic in stomach

A dead sperm whale that washed ashore in a national park in Indonesia had nearly 6kg (13 lbs) of plastic waste in its stomach, park officials say.

Items found included 115 drinking cups, four plastic bottles, 25 plastic bags and two flip-flops.

The carcass of the 9.5m (31ft) mammal was found in waters near Kapota Island in the Wakatobi National Park late on Monday.

The discovery has caused consternation among environmentalists.

Toco man charged with possession of a Pawi

A resident of Cumana Village, Toco has been charged under Section 70 (2) of the Environmental Management Act, Chapter 35:05 for being in possession of a Pawi also known as the Trinidad Piping Guan or ‘wild turkey’ (Pipile pipile).

The Pawi was designated as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS) in 2005 under the ESS Rules, 2001.

The EMA received a report of the Pawi being held in a cage at a residence in Cumana Village.

River otter displaced by floods in Penal

While flood waters have been affecting several residents on South Trinidad, the country's wildlife is also being affected.

Residents of Latchoos Road, Penal were surprised to see an otter in their area following the floods.

The neotropical river otter is a species that is found in Central America, South America and in Trinidad.

It is physically similar to the northern and southern river otter, which occur directly north and south of this species' range.

The length can range from 35–59 inches of which the tail comprises about a third.

Flood garbage lingers in Sangre Grande

An­gry San­gre Grande res­i­dents are call­ing on the rel­e­vant au­thor­i­ties to en­sure that the huge mounds of garbage which were re­moved from their homes fol­low­ing last month’s flood­ing are now re­moved im­me­di­ate­ly from the road­sides.

They say they now fear an out­break of dis­ease be­cause the garbage is now draw­ing ver­min and smelling up their com­mu­ni­ties.

The garbage, which in­cludes dam­aged ap­pli­ances, soaked mat­tress­es and fur­ni­ture, has been piled up at the front of their homes for the last three weeks and is yet to be re­moved.

3.8 shake today is earthquake number 6 in one week

Trinidad and Tobago has been shaken again, in the sixth earthquake in a week.

The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies said it occurred around 9:57 am today and measured 3.8.

It occurred 71 km SE of Carúpano,  Venezuela, 97 km NE of Maturín, Venezuela and 126 km WSW of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

This follows earthquakes felt last Saturday, Sunday, two on Tuesday and one on Thursday.

 

Flood garbage piles up in Kelly Village

Res­i­dents of Kel­ly Gar­dens in St He­le­na are plead­ing with the au­thor­i­ties to re­move the garbage that has ac­cu­mu­lat­ed due to their flood clean-up.

Since flood­wa­ters re­ced­ed ear­li­er this week, the res­i­dents have been busy at work try­ing to re­gain some sem­blance of life as they knew it be­fore flood wa­ters in­vad­ed their homes last week­end.

McDonald's ditching plastic straws from next month

As part of McDonald’s initiative to use its scale to contribute to positive changes in the communities where it operates, Arcos Dorados - McDonald’s franchisee in Latin America and the Caribbean- will cease to offer plastic straws in its 2,100 restaurants across the region, from October 31st, 2018.

Straws will be provided only for those customers who expressly request them.

The company says that for now, straws will still be available at the drive-thru.

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