Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 14th 2013 Contents More than half of common plant species
and a third of animals could see a serious
decline in their habitat range because of
New research suggests that biodiversity
around the globe will be significantly im-
pacted if temperatures rise more than 2˚C.
But the scientists say that the losses can
be reduced if rapid action is taken to curb
greenhouse gases. The paper is published
in the journal, Nature Climate Change.
An international team of researchers
looked at the impacts of rising tempera-
tures on nearly 50,000 common species of
plants and animals.
They looked at both temperature and
rainfall records for the habitats that these
species now live in and mapped the areas
that would remain suitable for them under
a number of different climate change sce-
The scientists projected that if no signif-
icant efforts were made to limit green-
house gas emissions, 2100 global
temperatures would be 4˚C above pre-in-
In this model, some 34 per cent of ani-
mal species and 57 per cent of plants
would lose more than half of their current
habitat ranges. (BBC)
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'Dramatic decline' warning for plants and animals
Attractive, huge abstract-type-
looking ornaments made
from recycled plastic drew
people to the Recycling in Motion booth
at the recent Sustainable Tourism Con-
ference at the Hyatt Regency in Port-
"I have had many people ask me to
purchase these but they are not for sale.
We just showcase them to show that
creativity also exists in recycling," said
Trevor Williams, managing director at
Recycling in Motion.
The Champs Fleurs-based organisation
which also has offices in Guyana, St
Lucia and Barbados, has been in the
business of recycling plastic since the
Williams said he was always a "sucker"
for a clean environment and after living
in Canada for most of his life where strict
environmental laws are in place, he
decided to come back home and set up
a waste management company that
would mainly recycle plastics.
That was 20 years ago.
"I came back here and started the
company. I thought I could come back
and impact the culture---change the
dynamics of how recycling was being
approached at the time," said Williams.
He began collecting plastics from man-
ufacturers and shipping them abroad to
other companies he was affiliated with,
which would recycle the plastics into
products that can return on the market.
The company, which is self-funded
and has a Certificate of Environmental
Clearance (CEC) from the EMA, has been
able to stop three million pounds of plas-
tic from reaching the landfill annually,
according to Williams.
But he said soon, this might be no
more as the company is in need of addi-
tional funding for sustainability.
He said because of lack of legislation
on the Government s part to pass the
Beverage Container Bill (Bottle Bill), com-
panies like his have been forced to shut
"This is no easy business to run,
especially when it is being funded by
your own pocket. Without material
reaching the company, how can rev-
enue be generated? How can workers
be paid, he asked.
"If they pass the bill then there would
be a return on bottles. This would
encourage the public to save them instead
of discarding them incorrectly, and com-
panies recycling plastic would get a con-
tinuous supply of material. It would also
cut cost for manufacturers as they won t
have to pay dumping fees anymore,"
He said the company has met with
government officials on many occasions
to raise the issue and are waiting for
action to be taken---legislation and poli-
cies to be made so that businesses like
his can survive.
"Look another recycling company had
to close down recently because of lack
of funding. There is literally no type of
financial support from the Government
for companies like this, but they keep
talking about going for green. Going for
Williams said he is hoping that the
public and private sectors would get
involved and take this seriously because
inappropriate dumping of waste---what-
ever kind, will cost mankind a high price
in the long run.
"All I am asking and other companies
in this business, is that legislation is
made so that we can continue providing
a much needed service. It is not about
making money, but protecting the envi-
ronment and ensuring that everybody is
educated about the importance of keep-
ing a healthy environment," said
When contacted, communications
officer at the Ministry of the Environ-
ment and Water Resources, Avanti Super-
sad, said the Beverage Container Bill had
not been forgotten. She said Minister
Ganga Singh laid the bill in Senate on
November 20, 2012.
"At the time, several amendments were
placed before the Senate and after dis-
cussions from all sides, it was agreed
that the matter would be adjourned to
a further date to allow for the members
to further discuss the amendments and
the possible changes to the Bill," said
She said the matter is still ongoing
and it is expected that it will be discussed
at the Senate shortly.
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Recycling specialist Trevor Williams,
CEO, Recycling in Motion.
PHOTO: NICOLE DRAYTON
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