The three areas of emphasis of the Blue Community program are:
Disaster Reduction & Vulnerability Management
Economic Development through Eco-Tourism
Scientists have identified a number of vulnerabilities for the Caribbean Island nations and the Gulf of Mexico states from the impacts of climate change. Some of the major ones include:
sea level rise
salt water intrusion in estuaries,
risk to mangroves
increased frequency and/or intensity of hurricanes
potential new rain patterns jeopardizing water security
potential reduction of crop production jeopardizing food security
bleaching of coral reefs jeopardizing both tourism and fishing
impacts on coastal zone infrastructure due to sea level rise.
The Blue Community program addresses these issues and more.
The Blue Community programs sees these three areas of emphasis as interrelated and that solutions to these challenges work in synergistic ways.
Beijing air pollution over the past monthLast Updated on 2017-01-29 20:16:48 On the coming new year 2017, there were full of news about serve alarming of air quality. PM2.5 concentrations in Beijing broke 500 micrograms per cubic meter and achieved level 6 air pollution.Tianjin airport was also affected by haze and caused more than 300 flights delay. ( Zhuang 2016)PM 2.5 is micron particles’ diameter less than or equal to 2.5 in the atmosphere, it can be inhaled straight
to the bronchi and interferes with the gas exchange of lung, causing a series of serious health problems.
Air pollution is a severe problem in many cities of China and it is usually worse in winter. Visibility was severely limited in some areas, the poor air quality led the government to order some factories, power plants and schools to shut down temporary. Vehicles which gave off a lot of pollution were banned from roads, restrictions were... More »
West Coast Best Coast...If There's Any Coast LeftLast Updated on 2016-04-18 08:47:06While there are many issues that are prevalent in the realm of sustainable tourism, coastal habitat protection is a predominant problem. It is incredibly important to promote the sustainable management of habitat protection and maintenance in coastal regions, as these areas are rapidly deteriorating and face regular threats.
To improve coastal habitat protection, the first and foremost matter of importance is to educate consumers in sustainable habits. By educating consumers, mitigation of impact can be attributed to the consumer, allowing for a heightened sense of responsibility and pride on the consumer side while visiting a coastal area. Educational programs offered by tourism operators for consumers (as well as other retailers and staff within the tourism industry) are extremely beneficial for all parties involved, as they can demonstrate the ideals and importance of coastal... More »
Sustainable Food in Fort LauderdaleLast Updated on 2016-03-28 22:12:44One of the most prominent issues facing the restaurant and tourism industries today is that of unsustainably sourced foods. This issue has made its way onto the plates of many consumers, restaurant owners, and tourism operators alike. As sustainable tourism becomes more and more popular, so too do those restaurants that operate sustainably by providing organically grown, locally sourced food items. In heavily populated coastal areas, such as Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where seafood is a popular element of many restaurants, it becomes incredibly easy for restaurant owners and operators (as well as tourism operators) to utilize unsustainable methodologies for food production, utilization, and sale.
What is organic food? How does a food qualify as sustainable? Why is this important, and how does it impact our environment for the future? These three questions often go unanswered and... More »
Eating GreenLast Updated on 2016-03-28 19:27:58Nowadays, when you go to a restaurant, more often than not you have to wonder – where is this food even coming from? One of the most prominent issues to be found in the tourism industry is the use/sale of unsustainably cultivated foods. This issue has made its way onto the plates of many consumers, restaurant owners, and tourism operators alike. As sustainable tourism becomes more and more popular, so too do those restaurants that operate sustainably by providing organically grown, locally sourced food items.
In an ideal world, all restaurants would have access to their own farming resources to cultivate their food from root to plate, however; this is not the case. Many restaurants currently buy refrigerated foods high in preservatives and artificial ingredients and chemicals that are not sustainable and not healthy for those who ingest said ingredients. As a result, higher... More »
Mixon's Fruit FarmLast Updated on 2016-03-06 17:37:41
On a recent visit to Mixon’s Fruit Farm I was not surprised to see the parking lot full and the overflow across the street in the field was filling up fast as well. Mixon’s has been a part of Bradenton since 1939. They ship their citrus out of state and were a founding member of the Florida Gift Fruit Shippers. From their website they proclaim 350 acres and 120 employees. The gift shop is filled with souvenirs and there is a café as well. They have homemade fudge and other treats like orange swirl ice cream. It is truly one of the area’s most beloved spots. People come from everywhere and local bands and schools participate in weekend events. It is truly an iconic ecotourism spot in Manatee County. Oh yeah, they have a wildlife refuge too! The animal sanctuary is where they care for everything from alligators to... More »
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