NEW YORK – Several Caribbean community (CARICOM) countries have signed the Paris Agreement on climate change, the landmark accord that sets outs a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous global warming. Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and Trinidad and Tobago were among the 171 countries that signed the accord late last month.

Thanks to ongoing research, we know how much America’s coast contributes to the national economy. But what does that mean on a local level The national economic impact of beaches is clear – in tourism and taxes, in revenues and returns on investment. Consider these facts:

A rare cold spell in Miami, that saw temperatures dip as low as 35 degrees, had damaging effects on tropical bees in South Florida. The extreme cold spell hit in 2010, sending temperatures to record lows with temperatures remaining below 50 degrees for several consecutive days. Biological sciences researchers at FIU seized the rare opportunity to observe the impacts of such an extreme weather event on South Florida’s pollinators.

Winners of the 2016 Drive It Home Trash-Off Greek and Club Recycling Challenge have been announced as part of the Earth Day 2016 celebrations. The Florida Department of Transportation’s (FDOT) Drive It Home team partnered with The Coca-Cola Company to present this state-wide college competition. The Challenge is part of the Great American Clean-Up initiative and the state’s litter prevention education media campaign. Utilizing a social media platform, the campaign received entries from students representing various greek and social clubs from accredited colleges and universities throughout the state of Florida.

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