Police officers take cover during an anti-gang operation in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in April 2023, a day after a mob in the Haitian capital pulled 13 suspected gang members from police custody at a traffic stop, beat and burned them to death with gasoline-soaked tires.
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The UN is calling for a specialized support force in Haiti, where urban gangs are terrorizing the population and people are starving. Why won’t Canada step up to help?
The Western shores of Ghana are struggling with a seaweed influx.
The seaweed invasion of parts of the Ghanaian shoreline is affecting coastal inhabitants.
Sargassum seaweed started washing up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in mid-March 2023.
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Scientists are predicting a record sargassum bloom in 2023. It’s already starting to wash up on beaches in Florida and the Caribbean and cause a stink.
By reflecting on sugar’s origins, we can trace the pathways that have made this commodity so abundant.
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By reflecting on the violent origins of the Canadian sugar industry, we can bring wider attention to the exploitation underpinning the history of Canadian cuisine.
The Bahama warbler (Setophaga flavescens) is endemic to the Bahamas.
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The Bahama warbler favours large pine trees and palms, fieldwork shows.
Construction in the Chinese-financed Port City complex in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Oct. 19, 2022.
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China’s international lending projects have big potential impacts on oceans and coasts. By cooperating more closely with host countries, Beijing can make those projects more sustainable.
A closer alliance between the US and Latin America could bring political and economic benefits for both.
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With Russia building new partnerships to gain support for its war, the US should re-engage with allies in its backyard, experts say.
After the death of Queen Elizabeth, questions arise about whose life gets mourned and who does not. Here is the Queen with the Guards of Honour in Nigeria, Dec. 3, 2003, for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting.
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In the middle of the tremendous outpouring of love and grief for the Queen and the monarchy she represented, not everyone wants to take a moment of silence. And there are a lot of reasons why.
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An invasive Australian tree is exploiting ever-stronger hurricanes.
Rotting seaweed has plagued the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, US and West African coasts for a decade. So we’ve developed a new approach to turn what’s now rubbish into green electricity and fertiliser.
Dancers Clara Desportes and Simon Lavenaire in Fort de France during Emancipation Day celebrations in 2016.
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After years of marginalization, the bèlè dance has been embraced by a growing community who see it as a form of social and spiritual healing.
The enslaved people who produced sugar before the Civil War did dangerous and grueling work.
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Before the Civil War, US activists sought to combat slavery through sugar boycotts. Instead, consumption grew.
An empty school classroom in Uganda.
School closures have immediate and long-term effects on students, both emotionally and economically. They will also have a ripple effect on a country and on income inequality.
Fishing in the Maldives.
Idyllic destinations have been seen a calamitous drop in income since the pandemic.
U.S. envoy resigned over “inhumane” treatment of Haitian migrants.
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The Biden administration has used a public health provision to deport thousands of Haitian migrants entering the US via Mexico.
Lionfish are now invading the western Atlantic Ocean, from North Carolina to Brazil.
The lionfish has few natural predators, and its venomous spines deter potential predators. But there may still be ways to naturally control the growth of this invader’s population.
Like many marine species, oysters are affected by nanoplastics that pollute the oceans.
Nanoplastics and arsenic can affect some of the most basic functions of oysters.
Natural disasters are not uncommon in Haiti; neither is political instability.
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Devastating quake came weeks after the assassination of Haiti’s president. A scholar of disaster preparedness explains the concept of ‘cascading crises’ and how other countries can help stabilize Haiti.
Tourism provides about one-fourth of all jobs in Jamaica.
The Caribbean has long been the gold standard for western tourism: but our image of the islands as paradises ripe for our enjoyment is harming their environment and people.
Mats of Sargassum seaweed off the coast of St. Martin in April 2018.
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Huge blooms of brown seaweed have fouled Florida and Caribbean beaches almost every year over the past decade. They originate in Africa and South America. and are fueled by human activities.