Environment

SWMCOL applauds Massy's plastic bag initiative, encourages others to do the same

The Trinidad and Tobago Solid Waste Management Company Limited (SWMCOL) is applauding the initiative by Massy Stores to reduce the use of plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued a statement Tuesday saying that as it continues to encourage citizens to “Get into Green” by adopting everyday practices that redound to the benefit of our beautiful island environment, "we applaud Massy Stores’ recently launched initiative to reduce the use of plastic shopping bags".

Climatologist warns: Brace for floods this year

The start of the 2018 rainy season will be declared in a few days as a Tropical Storm is currently forming in the region and could be heading to T&T.

As a result T&T citizens are being warned to prepare themselves for this season as it is being predicted to be worse than last year with June’s Tropical Storm Bret and “the great floods of October (2017)”.

This warning came from climatologist Kenneth Kerr, who spoke at the Wet & Hurricane Season’s Seventh National Climate Outlook Forum held at the Sugarcane Feed Centre, Pokhor Road, Longdenville, Chaguanas.

EMA halts 500-acre Las Cuevas project

The Environmental Management Authority (EMA) has issued a notice of violation to a Las Cuevas land developer asking that he cease work on his 500-acre parcel of land on the beachfront.

The notice was served on businessman George Aboud on April 25, following a complaint last month to the EMA by the Las Cuevas Eco-Friendly Association after the group claimed that he had excavated a turtle nesting site on the beach, resulting in several leather-back turtle eggs being destroyed.

SWMCOL applauds move by Massy Stores to go green

The Solid Waste Management Company (SWMCOL) is applauding the move by Massy Stores to encourage citizens to go green by using reusable shopping bags.

Massy Stores made the announcement last week, stating, as part of the initiatives, that customers will have to now pay for plastic bags.

SWMCOL issued the following statement today:

Scarlet Ibis declared Environmentally Sensitive Species

Minister of Planning and Development Camille Robinson-Regis has announced that the government has officially designated the Scarlet Ibis as an Environmentally Sensitive Species (ESS). 

The Ministry of Planning and Development has responsibility for the environment.

FFOS commends Massy Stores for plastic bag zero-tolerance policy

The group Fishermen and Friends of the Sea (FFOS) is commending Massy Stores for the move to promote zero tolerance on plastic bags.

FFOS says the decision is going to help significantly with the environment.

The following is a statement issued by the group on Friday.

"Massy Stores must be commended for taking the lead in promoting zero tolerance for plastic bags.  

Cedros villagers help stranded leatherback turtle back out to sea

Cedros villagers and fishermen are being praised today for assisting a leatherback turtle back to the ocean.

The act of kindness was recorded at Columbus Bay beach in Cedros.

Fishermen in the area saw the turtle in difficulty at the beach this morning and joined together to help the turtle with ropes and muscle.

The leatherback turtle seemed to have come ashore to lay eggs as it's the nesting season for the turtles.

The video was posted on social media by Joni Ramdass.

Met Office lifts hazardous seas alert

The Meteorological Services has discontinued the hazardous seas warning for Trinidad and Tobago.

It states on its website that "long period swells are no longer observed in the coastal waters of Trinidad and Tobago".

The Met Services had issued the warning for the northern coastlines of Trinidad and Tobago, to run from Thursday to Saturday this week.

The rough seas warning was given an Orange Level Alert via the new early warning system.

However, the alert has now reverted to green, signifying that there is no present hazard.

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