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The long-term performance and benefits of nourished beaches around the nation make putting sand back on eroded coastlines a valuable asset against both chronic erosion and sea level rise, according to two of the country’s most prominent coastal experts. 

In the most recent issue of “Shore & Beach,” authors James R. Houston (director emeritus of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Engineer Research and Development Center) and Robert G. Dean (professor emeritus at the Department of Civil and Coastal Engineering of the University of Florida) state: “Beach nourishment is the only shoreline stabilization alternative that maintains the recreational, aesthetic, environmental and storm damage reduction features of a natural beach.” 

Premier Caribbean meetings hotel leads green initiatives and encourages eco-friendly meetings with savings  .Sustainable tourism took the stage at Hyatt Regency Trinidad, as the Caribbean’s premier business hotel played host to the Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO)'s 14th Sustainable Tourism Conference (STC-14).

In line with Earth Day and coming off the heels of Carnival, the hotel located in the heart of downtown Port of Spain, continues to provide services, products and initiatives offering groups a sustainably conscious location for all their business and meetings needs. 

 A new study is suggesting that nearly $100 million would be required annually to implement key mitigation strategies in Latin America and the Caribbean.
The study, released here last month, estimates net additional costs of reducing emissions related to land use, energy and transport – the three main contributors to greenhouse gas emissions in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

Staghorn coralMIAMI – March 12, 2013 – University of Miami (UM) Rosenstiel School of Marine & Atmospheric Science graduate student Erica Towle was awarded a grant to study Acropora cervicornis, or staghorn corals, by the Mohamed bin Zayed Conservation Fund.  This species of hard corals is listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Speciesâ„¢. Their populations worldwide have experienced a reduction of more than 80% over the last 30 years due to the effects of disease, climate change and human-related factors. Towle’s research will look for markers for resilience to climate change - specifically to see if heterotrophic nutrition and lipid reserves, which provide energy for daily metabolism can help them to survive in the face of increasing temperatures and ocean acidification.

“The Staghorn coral used to be one of the dominant reef builders in the Florida Reef Tract.  In the face of global climate change, it is imperative that we understand what factors contribute to this species’ resilience to stress before it’s too late,” said Towle.

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