Environment

3.8 shake today is earthquake number 6 in one week

Trinidad and Tobago has been shaken again, in the sixth earthquake in a week.

The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies said it occurred around 9:57 am today and measured 3.8.

It occurred 71 km SE of Carúpano,  Venezuela, 97 km NE of Maturín, Venezuela and 126 km WSW of Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.

This follows earthquakes felt last Saturday, Sunday, two on Tuesday and one on Thursday.

 

Flood garbage piles up in Kelly Village

Res­i­dents of Kel­ly Gar­dens in St He­le­na are plead­ing with the au­thor­i­ties to re­move the garbage that has ac­cu­mu­lat­ed due to their flood clean-up.

Since flood­wa­ters re­ced­ed ear­li­er this week, the res­i­dents have been busy at work try­ing to re­gain some sem­blance of life as they knew it be­fore flood wa­ters in­vad­ed their homes last week­end.

McDonald's ditching plastic straws from next month

As part of McDonald’s initiative to use its scale to contribute to positive changes in the communities where it operates, Arcos Dorados - McDonald’s franchisee in Latin America and the Caribbean- will cease to offer plastic straws in its 2,100 restaurants across the region, from October 31st, 2018.

Straws will be provided only for those customers who expressly request them.

The company says that for now, straws will still be available at the drive-thru.

Zoo road being repaved with discarded plastic bottles

The Emperor Valley Zoo's recycling project continues as a roadway is being constructed using recycled plastics.

The roadway incorporates pavers made from approximately 1.5 million single-use plastic bottles previously used for water and soft drinks.

The discarded plastics were chipped and incorporated into each paver, storing it there forever.

In this way, fewer plastics enter landfills and waterways such as rivers and oceans.

The project is a collaboration with Flying Tree Environmental Management.

- by Sharlene Rampersad

Six companies to join THA in beach clean-up this weekend

Six major companies have joined forces with the Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment (DIQE) to ‘Be the Solution, Beat Plastic Pollution’ for this year’s International Coastal Clean-Up in Tobago.

Students of the Civilian Conservation Corps, managers and staff of the Division of Tourism, Culture and Transportation; Royal Bank; B-Mobile; WASA; T&TEC; and DIQE will take to the shoreline this weekend to clean the island’s beaches.

Air quality testing begins in Crown Point

Environmental Officers have commenced an Air Quality Monitoring Project in Crown Point, Tobago.

Officials say that with the dramatic increase in vehicular traffic over the years, determining the concentrations of Carbon Monoxide and Nitrogen Dioxide is a key focus of the project. 

The data will be used to;

(i) identify and evaluate the risks of key sources of pollutants emitted;

(ii) observe long-term trends and model the dispersal of pollutants;

(iii) guide strategies and measures to aid in the reduction of emissions and associated risks; and

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