Antigua Caribbean: Coconut Palms Dying Off

Posted on December 30, 2015 • Filed under: Caribbean, Enviromental Issues

White sand beaches fringed by lofty palm trees – it is the image of a tropical paradise that has lured holidaymakers to the Caribbean for decades. But in tourism-dependent Antigua, a deadly disease has wiped out almost half of the island’s majestic coconut palms – leaving unsightly headless trunks littering the landscape. Lethal yellowing, the same condition that devastated the iconic trees in Florida and Jamaica, also strikes at the heart of this 280sq km (108sq mile) island’s culture and economy. Here, coconut products are used in everything from food and drink to beauty treatments and traditional medicine. Read Article

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