Farming in the forest in Belize
A video on how integrating agriculture with the natural forest cycle can improve resilience and sustainability. (Source: SciDev.Net)
Source: SciDev.Net - March 25, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news

Watch Orderly Hermit Crabs Line Up Biggest To Smallest, Swap Shells In 'Conga Line'
Even hermit crabs, it turns out, aren't safe from a housing crisis. In the above clip from the BBC show, "Life Story," several hermit crabs on a small Caribbean island off the coast of Belize are shown in their quest for suitable shelter, which involves lining up according to size and swapping shells in an orderly fashion. Hermit crabs rely on shells (and flotsam, in some cases) to protect their soft abdomens from predators and the elements. They are always on the lookout for shells that might better suit their size and situation since, as the video states, "To be left without a shell is a death sentence." Amazingly,...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - March 6, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Spiny lobster abundance study at Glover's Reef, Belize finds fishery in good shape
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A recent study conducted in the waters of Glover's Reef Marine Reserve in Belize by the Wildlife Conservation Society and its partners has revealed good news for spiny lobsters: the abundance of these commercially valuable crustaceans should support local fisheries into the future, an indication that no-take areas and other regulations are protecting the nation's marine resources. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - February 2, 2015 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation
Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - January 3, 2015 Category: Science Authors: Alan Yuhas Tags: Belize Americas Sinkholes Natural disasters and extreme weather World news Drought Flooding Oceans Environment Water Science Archaeology Source Type: news

Belize's 'Blue Hole' May Help Solve Mystery Of Maya Downfall
Scientists know all about the sophisticated calendars and writing system of the Maya, as well as their ritual sacrifices. But as for exactly what caused the the ancient civilization to collapse around 900 A.D., that's long been a bit of a mystery. Now a team of researchers from Rice University and Louisiana State University think they may be one step closer to cracking the mystery, thanks in part to evidence from the "Great Blue Hole." The massive sinkhole located in the Caribbean Sea off the coast of Belize was made popular by pioneering conservationist Jacques Cousteau, who visited it in 1971 and declared it one of the ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - January 1, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news

Using science to open way to 'blue economy'
This study developed the information the Belizean government sought to make informed management decisions. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - November 18, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

800 on flights linked to nurse contacted
Concerns about even remote chances of Ebola exposure rippled Friday from a U.S. airline to a cruise ship off Belize, with Frontier contacting hundreds who flew with an infected nurse and Carnival quarantining a health worker only tangentially linked ... (Source: WDSU.com - Health)
Source: WDSU.com - Health - October 18, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Ebola Scare Creates 'Utter Panic' on Caribbean Cruise Ship
There is "utter panic??? on the Carnival cruise ship where a Dallas hospital employee who came into contact with an Ebola patient???s blood test are now being sent back to Texas after they were turned away from both Belize and Mexico, one of the passengers said. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - October 17, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
A new report shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. According to past studies, the recovery of lobster, conch, and other exploited species within marine protected areas with no-take zones, or fully protected reserves, could take as little as 1-6 years. Full recovery of exploited species, however, could take decades. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - July 13, 2014 Category: Science Source Type: news

Belize's lobster, conch, and fish populations rebuild in no-take zones
(Wildlife Conservation Society) A new report from the Wildlife Conservation Society shows that no-take zones in Belize can not only help economically valuable species such as lobster, conch, and fish recover from overfishing, but may also help re-colonize nearby reef areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - July 11, 2014 Category: Biology Source Type: news

The Last Coral Reefs
There’s only one way to lower a $20,000 custom-made camera from a swaying fishing boat into the open sea: very carefully. And that’s exactly how Manuel Gonzalez-Rivero’s colleagues handled the SVII camera as they nudged it overboard, into the bathtub-warm waters off the coast of Belize. Once submerged, the beach-ball-size camera snapped a photograph of the protected Glover’s Reef every three seconds. Later, computers would analyze the pictures, providing a close-up look at one of the most valuable marine ecosystems in the Caribbean. And we have to see it today, because coral reefs may not be here tomorrow. It’s ...
Source: TIME: Top Science and Health Stories - April 3, 2014 Category: Science Authors: Megan Gibson Tags: Uncategorized Coral Reef Environment mapping Source Type: news

Climatic controls on hurricane patterns: A 1200-y near-annual record from Lighthouse Reef, Belize - Denommee KC, Bentley SJ, Droxler AW.
Tropical cyclones (TCs) are powerful agents of destruction, and understanding climatic controls on TC patterns is of great importance. Over timescales of seasons to several decades, relationships among TC track, frequency, intensity and basin-scale climate... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - February 15, 2014 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Environmental Issues, Climate, Geophysics Source Type: news

Beyond Mendel
(National Science Foundation) On a cloudless day in Dangriga, a coastal city in southern Belize, a group of students are hard at work. One wall of their sun-strewn lab is lined with the usual gear of modern genetics: thermocycler, gel electrophoresis system, micropipets, test tubes. Swathed in purple gloves, they measure samples, mix gels and fill pipets with the utmost concentration. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - December 19, 2013 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Global ALSO Belize (Lyrad Riley MD)
Presentation for 2013 Global Health Workshop. This describes a military-civilian cooperative event which put on a Global ALSO course in Belize in May 2013. (Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded)
Source: Family Medicine Digital Resources Library (FMDRL) Recently Uploaded - October 10, 2013 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Involve Launch Telemedicine Solution For Belize Children's Hospital
Involve has announced a pioneering partnership with an intensive care paediatric Children's Hospital in Belize, Central America. The initiative will provide 24/7 digital healthcare centre telemedicine solutions to the Belize Children's Hospital linking Doctors and Nursing staff in Belize with senior clinical staff in the UK and internationally. The technology will also enhance training support, field learning and access to specialist medical resources which would not normally be available to a developing country like Belize... (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 10, 2013 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: IT / Internet / E-mail Source Type: news