China Extends Reach in the Caribbean, Unsettling the U.S.

The region has strategic importance as a hub for logistics, banking and commerce. It is also very close to the United States.

#caribbean-area, #china, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #pompeo-mike, #united-states-international-relations

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Eta Heads for South Florida

Eta, the 28th named storm of the active 2020 hurricane season, was expected to strengthen as it approached the Florida Keys after bringing catastrophic rainfall to Honduras and Nicaragua.

#atlantic-ocean, #caribbean-area, #central-america, #floods, #florida, #florida-keys, #gulf-coast-us, #honduras, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #rain, #weather

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Hurricane Eta: Live Updates

Forecasters warned of “catastrophic” damage in the region, with winds up to 150 miles per hour and severe flooding expected as the Category 4 storm prepares to make landfall on the Caribbean coast of Nicaragua.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #nicaragua, #weather, #world-meteorological-organization

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Hurricane Eta Heads Toward Central America

The storm was expected to strengthen before making landfall on Tuesday, producing as much as 35 inches of rain.

#caribbean-area, #central-america, #hurricane-eta, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #nicaragua, #weather

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Tropical Storm Eta Forms, Tying a Record Set 15 Years Ago

Eta became the 28th named storm of the 2020 hurricane season, matching a record set in 2005.

#caribbean-area, #hurricane-laura-2020, #hurricane-zeta-2020, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #tropical-storm-eta, #weather

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Tropical Storm Zeta Approaches Gulf Coast

Zeta is expected to become a hurricane before it makes landfall in the United States on Wednesday. It is the 27th named storm of an unusually active Atlantic hurricane season.

#caribbean-area, #florida-panhandle, #gulf-coast-us, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #national-hurricane-center

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‘The Time Has Come.’ Barbados Casts Off the Queen as Head of State, and Others May Follow

The Black Lives Matter movement has revived a simmering debate about the legacy of colonialism, potentially inspiring change in other Caribbean countries.

#barbados, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #caribbean-area, #elizabeth-ii-queen-of-great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #jamaica-west-indies, #london-england, #reparations, #royal-families, #slavery-historical

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Gulf Coast Threatened by Hurricane Marco and Tropical Storm Laura

“We have a one-two punch that’s going to hit the state of Louisiana,” a meteorologist said.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #puerto-rico, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

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Gulf Coast Threatened by Tropical Storms Marco and Laura

The governor has declared a state of emergency and some areas of Louisiana have issued mandatory evacuations ahead of Tropical Storms Laura and Marco.

#caribbean-area, #dominican-republic, #floods, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #puerto-rico, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather

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Tropical Storm Marco Expected to Become a Hurricane

Marco is expected to become a hurricane on Saturday and Laura is forecast to produce heavy rain over several Caribbean islands.

#caribbean-area, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #louisiana, #rain, #tropical-storm-laura, #tropical-storm-marco, #weather, #wind

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Tropical Storm Laura Forms in the Atlantic

A second potential hurricane is also moving toward the Gulf of Mexico.

#caribbean-area, #gulf-of-mexico, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #weather, #wind

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The Caribbean Dilemma

Many islands are open to American travelers. Going could mean bringing coronavirus to places ill prepared to deal with it. Not going could mean deepening economic woes. How do you choose?

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #islands, #travel-and-vacations

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Latin America Is Facing a ‘Decline of Democracy’ Under the Pandemic

The coronavirus is battering Latin American health systems and economies. It is also threatening the region’s fragile political freedoms.

#anez-chavez-jeanine, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #latin-america, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #maduro-nicolas, #ortega-daniel, #politics-and-government

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Tropical Storm Gonzalo Expected to Become 2020’s First Atlantic Hurricane

Gonzalo is the earliest named “G” storm since the satellite era began in 1966, according to the National Hurricane Center.

#caribbean-area, #florida, #hurricane-gonzalo, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #national-hurricane-center, #national-oceanic-and-atmospheric-administration, #national-weather-service, #texas, #weather

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5 Caribbean Vacation Destinations Reopening This Summer

As the region reopens, it faces hurricane season, pandemic-related restrictions and the absence of cruise ships.

#caribbean-area, #coronavirus-reopenings, #summer-season, #travel-and-vacations

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Caribbean, Struggling in the Pandemic, Braces for Hurricane Season

Scientists predict this hurricane season will be severe. But countries in the region, with economies burdened by the pandemic and the devastation of past hurricanes, have not been able to fully prepare.

#abaco-islands-bahamas, #antigua-and-barbuda, #bahama-islands, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #grand-bahama-island, #hurricane-dorian-2019, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms

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U.K. Grapples With Its Role in Atlantic Slave Trade

Two prominent firms, Lloyd’s of London and Greene King, have acknowledged their ties to the slave trade and pledged to make amends.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #bristol-england, #caribbean-area, #churchill-winston-leonard-spencer, #colston-edward-1636-1721, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #greene-king-plc, #johnson-boris, #liverpool-england, #lloyds-of-london, #oxford-university, #reparations, #slavery-historical

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The World Reopens, Despite Skyrocketing Coronavirus Cases

The number of infections is rising faster than ever, but many countries have decided that this is the moment to ease lockdown restrictions.

#africa, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #india, #latin-america, #quarantines

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Mother Sea Turtles Might Be Sneakier Than They Look

The large reptiles make decoy nests to distract predators during an oft-ignored behavior following their egg laying, researchers say.

#beaches, #burns-thomas-researcher, #caribbean-area, #eggs, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #kennedy-malcolm-researcher, #reproduction-biological, #research, #royal-society-open-science-journal, #sand-and-gravel, #turtles-and-tortoises, #your-feed-science

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Hurricanes Are Reshaping Evolution Across the Caribbean

A new study of lizards in countries struck by hurricanes suggests cataclysmic weather can reshape entire species.

#caribbean-area, #donihue-colin-biologist, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #lizards, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #turks-and-caicos-islands, #wind, #your-feed-science

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7 Travel Stories to Help You Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day

Confined to the great indoors on Earth Day? These stories will help remind you of the natural world’s many splendors — and why environmental protections are of crucial importance for the future of the planet.

#alaska, #arctic-national-wildlife-refuge, #bonaire, #caribbean-area, #earth, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #everglades-fla, #fiji, #florida, #global-warming, #great-britain, #reefs, #scotland, #travel-and-vacations, #vietnam

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Moored in a Fragile Paradise

Hundreds of boaters stuck in the Caribbean have converged on the U.S. Virgin Islands, but there are fears that their safe haven comes at a cost for residents.

#boats-and-boating, #bryan-albert-v, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #islands, #sailboats-and-sailing, #virgin-islands-us, #waste-materials-and-disposal

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What Ocean Life Can Teach Us About the Coronavirus

They are resilient and immunologically cunning in ways we’re continuing to discover.

#australia, #caribbean-area, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #oceans-and-seas, #puget-sound

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How a Cruise Ship Kept Sailing After Passengers Fell Ill with Coronavirus

Even as Covid-19 sickened passengers, the Costa Luminosa was slow to act to prevent infections, despite two previous serious outbreaks on its parent company’s ships.

#caribbean-area, #carnival-corporation, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #costa-crociere-spa, #cruises, #fort-lauderdale-fla, #france, #quarantines

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