MIAMI (May 13, 2016) —The first captive-bred Florida Grasshopper Sparrow hatched this week under the care of researchers with FIU’s Tropical Conservation Institute. One of the world’s most endangered birds, the Florida Grasshopper Sparrow exclusively resides in Central Florida. At last count, less than 100 males remain in the wild and the number of elusive females is unknown. Last year, seven sparrows were put in the care of TCI researchers — the first to ever be reared in a captive setting.

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.

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