PORT-OF-SPAIN, TRINIDAD – September 29, 2016. Just over 4000 pounds of garbage were collected in just under four hours by volunteers at the International Coastal Clean -Up (ICC) held on September 17 ,2016 at the Las Cuevas Beach Facility. Coordinated by the Trinidad and Tobago Tourism Development Company Limited (TDC) in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, Coca Cola Bottlers and Alstons Marketing Company Limited (AMCO) the clean-up attracted approximately 360 volunteers, including members of the Protectors of the Environment (POE), a Las Cuevas Community group.
For most of us who live or work along the coast, sand is simply sand – a natural commodity easily taken for granted, the beach buffer between the waves and the upland. But, for many coastal dwellers around the world, sand is hardly taken for granted – because it is frequented taken from beaches and river beds, gone from the coastal system for good once it is trapped in the hard infrastructure of buildings and roads, high-tech devices and low-tech substances.
Rescued against all the odds, hundreds of miles apart in South America, circus lions crossed the globe to become a pride again, home in Africa.  A lion family has been reunited in the African bush after they were torn apart by a travelling circus in South America. Leo, his mate Muneca, and daughters Africa and Kiara are back together. Animal Defenders International (ADI) is appealing for funds to complete an enclosure in the African bush where they can live out their lives together. https://lionsbacktoafrica.org/donate-for-leo/
Almost four years after the devastation brought on by the landfall of Super storm Sandy, coastal scientists and policy-makers are still working to fashion a response shaped by the lessons learned from the storm. Some of the battle is scope, particularly given Sandy’s unique size and attributes. Another factor is sound science, since gathering, analyzing and reporting findings in an accurate and accessible manner is hardly a task accomplished overnight.
MIAMI (August 17, 2016) —  To improve public space and engage residents in civic life, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is joining Miami-Dade County to support the Million Trees Miami initiative, in the community-wide effort to plant one million trees by 2020.  According to a recently released Urban Tree Canopy Assessment, conducted by the University of Florida and Florida International University, the County has only 19.9 percent tree canopy—well below the 30-40 percent recommended coverage for a healthy urban forest.
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