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SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico’s governor signed an executive order on Friday banning the use of plastic bags across the U.S. territory, defying legislators who just days ago rejected a similar bill. The ban will take effect in mid-2016 and will be preceded by a six-month educational campaign, Gov. Alejandro

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CHRISTIANSTED – As first reported in the St. Croix Sync Tank on Facebook yesterday, the Virgin Islands is under a flash flood watch through this evening, according to the National Weather Service in San Juan. In St. Thomas, the NWS singled out Anna’s Retreat, Charlotte Amalie, East End and West

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    The Palms in La Grande Princesse CHRISTIANSTED – Beaches near two of St. Croix’s most popular hotels – The Palms Hotel in La Grande Princesse and the Buccaneer Hotel in Shoys – are not considered safe for swimming or fishing, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources.

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MANZANILLO, Mexico — Hurricane Patricia headed toward southwestern Mexico Friday as a monster Category 5 storm, the strongest ever in the Western Hemisphere that forecasters said could make a “potentially catastrophic landfall” later in the day. Residents of a stretch of Mexico’s Pacific Coast dotted with resorts and fishing villages

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TRUNK BAY, St. John — While sunscreen is proved to have positive effects on humans, it actually has massively damaging effects on coral reefs, researchers discovered in a recent study. The study, released Tuesday, found that even a tiny amount of sunscreen — equivalent to a drop of water in

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Nancy Albury and Dr. David Steadman at a blue hole dive site, Sawmill Sink on Abaco Island. THE BAHAMAS — Some 100 fossil species found in a flooded cave on Abaco Island reveal a story of persistence against all odds – at least until the time humans first stepped foot on

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CHRISTIANSTED – The pristine white beaches may not be as famous as those of the Virgin Islands, but their unspoiled beauty makes them a haven for locals and tourists alike. But now the shimmering coastlines of western Africa are being destroyed by a mysterious brown seaweed which scientists link to

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – Beaches near some of the most expensive vacation properties on St. Thomas remain unfit for swimming or fishing for the second week in a row, according to the V.I. Department of Planning and Natural Resources. DPNR said today that Frenchman’s Bay and Bolongo Bay remain unsafe due

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MIAMI – The world’s coral reefs are in the midst of a mass die off – a “white death” spanning the globe. That’s the stark message from reports about the impact of a monster El Niño that is warming the world’s oceans. With hundreds of millions of people relying on

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CHARLOTTE AMALIE – All beaches in St. Croix, St. John and St. Thomas have been deemed unfit for swimming or fishing due to excessive bacterial contamination from rainwater runoff, according to the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR). DPNR’s Division of Environmental Protection (DEP) said it “anticipates negative environmental

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