Category: Environmental News

Stony Coral Disease Killing up to 94 Percent of Caribbean Coral

COZUMEL — A new coral disease is quickly circulating in the Caribbean, killing as much as 94 percent of certain types of coral species in the region, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Communications Biology.  Researchers found that an outbreak of stony coral tissue loss disease (SCTLD) that was first reported in Florida […]

FEMA and USVI Run Disaster Simulations To Prepare For Hurricane Season

CHRISTIANSTED — The majority of the people living in the territory — regretfully — know what happens when a major hurricane strikes. As the June 1 start date of the Atlantic hurricane season approached … governmental agencies rehearsed in detail — the steps to take — should history repeat itself … and the USVI become […]

2022 Atlantic Hurricane Season Begins Today

MIAMI — There is an 80 percent chance that a hurricane will form in the next 48 hours from an area of low pressure located near the east coast of the Yucatan Peninsula and the southeastern Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said today. “This system is likely to become a tropical depression […]

Queen Conch Season Over Until November

Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources said that the annual queen conch seasonal closure begins today for the St. Croix and St. Thomas/St. John Districts, as established by regulation effective July 1, 2008. Harvesting of queen conch is prohibited from June 1, 2022, through October 31, 2022. Possession of […]

DPNR To Celebrate Exotic Pet Amnesty Week

FREDERIKSTED — Commissioner Jean-Pierre L. Oriol of the Department of Planning and Natural Resources (DPNR) announces that Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) will celebrate Exotic Pet Amnesty Week from May 28 to June 4, 2022, to bring attention to the impact of invasive species on the Virgin Islands natural environment.   Residents are invited to bring in their rare, non-native animal species from birds to snakes […]

FEMA Obligates $30M To VIWMA On St. Croix For Wastewater Treatment System Design

KINGSHILL — The Federal Emergency Management Agency has jumpstarted the replacement of the St. Croix Wastewater system with a $30 million award to the Virgin Islands Waste Management Authority. VIWMA can now begin the architectural and engineering design work for the island of St. Croix. These funds will allow the territory to begin the design in […]

Celebrate Hashtag National Turtle Day Today!

Today is #NationalTurtleDay! If you’re in the Caribbean, that’s reason enough to start celebrating! Anyone who is lucky enough to come across these gentle creatures in their underwater world feels excited and blessed to have experienced the encounter. If you have photos of your turtle encounter, share them with us! #NationalTurtleDay

New York Times Reveals How Haiti Became The Poorest Country In The Americas

By GERMAN LOPEZ/New York Times France’s ransom Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world, and a new Times investigative series explores why. One stunning detail: France demanded reparations from Haitians it once enslaved. That debt hamstrung Haiti’s economy for decades — and kept it from building even basic social services, like sewage […]

U.S. To Ease A Few Economic Sanctions Against Venezuela

CARACAS — The United States government is moving to ease a few economic sanctions on Venezuela in a gesture meant to encourage resumed negotiations between the U.S.-backed opposition and the government of President Nicolás Maduro. The limited changes will allow Chevron Corp. to negotiate its license with the state-owned oil company, PDVSA, but not to […]

Prenatal Ward At Juan F. Luis Hospital Shut Down Due To Cleanliness Concerns Of Staff

CHRISTIANSTED — The Juan F. Luis Hospital closed its prenatal ward two weeks ago and moved it to the post-partum unit of the medical facility, the Juan F. Luis Hospital management said Saturday. Concerns with the cleanliness of its Labor and Delivery (L&D) unit of the hospital were reported by the staff on duty the […]