common_ternA number of interesting articles published by the Bermuda Sun & Royal Gazette recently, highlighting threats to Bermuda's delicate ecosystem.

Invasive species pose a particular threat. Indian laurel is known as 'the strangling fig', feral chickens are destroying crops and habitats and slider terrapins are devastating pond ecosystems.

blue_haloThe Bermuda Blue Halo Project to create a marine reserve around the island received a boost today as Australia announced its plans to create the world’s largest network of marine protected areas.

The move in Australia is hailed by the Pew Environment Group — the same group enlisted by the Bermuda Government to facilitate the Blue Halo Project in Bermuda’s waters.

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seagrassBermuda's seagrass meadows have been put under the microscope to help protect the species' global population.

The data collected during the study will be used by agencies across the world to improve conservation techniques.

And it will help bolster initiatives that are currently in place to safeguard the island's valuable seagrass population.

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In the House of Assembly on Friday [June 8], Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, Patrice Minors highlighted an upcoming Summer Landscape Gardening and Basic Horticulture Programme.

HealthyHarvest_logoGreenrock, as part of its Healthy Harvest initiative, will host the official opening of the Catlin Community Garden located at the Sunshine League property at 7 King Street in the City of Hamilton tomorrow.

Judith Landsberg, President of Greenrock, and Graham Pewter, CEO and President of Catlin Bermuda, will open the garden at 12:30 on Thursday June 7th.

Marc_BeanGovernment watchdog Arlene Brock today hit back at Government claims that the UK Environmental Charter was not legally binding.

Ombudsman Ms Brock was speaking as she tabled a special report on the controversial Special Development Order process – and she insisted that an environmental impact analysis (EIA) should be mandatory for major developments.

chris_flookBermuda could create one of the world’s largest ocean reserves by the end of the year, making the Island an international leader in ocean conservation. Owain Johnston-Barnes sat down with Chris Flook of the Pew Environmental Group about the proposed ‘Bermuda Blue Halo’ project.

Surrounding the Island 200 miles in all directions, the Bermuda Exclusive Economic Zone could not only help the environment, but provide a boost for the tourism industry and garner Bermuda international attention.

Catlin_GardenYesterday [June 7] Greenrock hosted the official opening of the Catlin Community Garden located at the Sunshine League property on King Street in Hamilton.

The Catlin Community Garden is the first of several gardens proposed to be developed over the course of the next 18 months as part of Greenrock’s Healthy Harvest project.

hydration_stationReusable water bottles are an environmentally friendly and cheaper alternative to buying water in plastic bottles. And this summer there will be a great reason to make sure you have your reusable bottle on you at all times.

Before the summertime heat arrives, hydration stations will start popping up around the City of Hamilton.

BASS_logoTen local non-governmental and environmental groups are teaming up to raise awareness on the Island about the importance of protecting the Sargasso Sea.

Through scientific research, education and community outreach, the Bermuda Alliance for Sargasso Sea (BASS) aims to support efforts by the Sargasso Sea Alliance led by the Bermuda government to establish the Sargasso Sea as a high-seas marine protected area (MPA).

Sylvia_EarleThe Sargasso Sea and Bermuda’s important role in conserving this unique marine environment— especially the area within its waters — will be the subject of a lecture this week by world-renowned oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle [pictured].

Dr. Earle will speak at the Bermuda Underwater Exploration Institute [BUEI] on Thursday, May 31.

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