WBEZ | EDF http://www.wbez.org/tags/edf Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en What does the future hold for Cuba's environmental resources? http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/what-does-future-hold-cubas-environmental-resources-100104 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Cuba%20nature%20AP.jpg" title="(AP/Javier Galeano, file)" /></div><p>You&rsquo;ve probably seen pictures of classic cars on the streets of Cuba, seemingly frozen in time. But the embargo has put a freeze on other aspects of island life as well.</p><p>Cuba enjoys many ecological riches that some of its Caribbean neighbors don&rsquo;t. The country is home to some of the most pristine coral reefs in the region, as well as many animal and plant species that only exist on the island.</p><p>Although there may be a lot to see in Cuba, tourism remains somewhat limited. The island is just 90 miles off the coast of Florida, but Americans aren&rsquo;t allowed to spend money there, which makes visiting tough.</p><p>Cuba has prioritized and protected its ecological resources, but concerns loom large about what will happen when the embargo goes away. Could an influx of tourists put the country&rsquo;s natural resources at risk?<br /><br />Environmental Defense Fund Chief Oceans Scientist <a href="http://www.edf.org/people/douglas-n-rader">Doug Rader</a> has been collaborating with Cuban scientists for more than a decade. He joins us Thursday on <em>Worldview</em> to discuss Cuba&#39;s environmental outlook along with WBEZ blogger <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/achy-obejas">Achy Obejas</a>.</p></p> Thu, 14 Jun 2012 11:07:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-06/what-does-future-hold-cubas-environmental-resources-100104