Dredging of Kingston Harbour begins

Minister with oversight responsibility for water, works and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang (left) and CEO of Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited Olivier Tretout look at sludge dredged from the seafloor at  Port Bustamante, yesterday. (Michael Gordon)

Seven weeks into the dredging of Port Bustamante in the Kingston Harbour to facilitate larger ships coming through the Panama Canal, the company contracted to do the excavation is reporting that there are “no visible impacts” on fishing beaches in proximity to the operation sites. Using ... Read More

President of ECM BioFilms Robert Sinclair (right), pours some of his company’s masterbatch pellets into WIlliam Mahfood’s palm. Mahfood is chairman of the Wisynco Group, which announced yesterday that it is now including the pellets in its polystyrene foam production process in order to make the finished product biodegradable. Observing Sinclair and Mahfood are Government senator Matthew Samuda(second left) and Wisynco’s director of manufacturing Devon Reynolds. (Photos: Garfield Robinson) Wisynco launches biodegradable foam
IT has been said that polystyrene foam, better known as styrofoam, cannot biodegrade. Well, apparen ... Read More

Photo: Kenyon Hemans PHOTO: Faking death?
It was not clear if this reptile, spotted yesterday afloat on its back in a swamp near the St Thomas ... Read More

Hundreds of pilot whales lay stranded at Farewell Spit near Nelson, New Zealand, Friday, February 10, after beaching themselves. (Photo: AFP/Tim Cuff) Rescuers form human chain to save whales
GOLDEN BAY, New Zealand (AFP) — It was a scene of both tragedy and triumph in New Zealand Satu ... Read More

Wisynco to introduce biodegradable foam product today

Wednesday, February 15, 2017    

William Mahfood chairman of the Wisynco Group (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Local manufacturers of the Sweet line of synthetic packaging products, Wisynco Limited, is today expected to announce a major shift in its operations — a move away from polystyrene-only food containers to a biodegradable alternative it has branded eco-foam. The new product, the company said, should break down into non-toxic derivatives of the input within nine months to five years. CEO William Mahfood told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that eco-foam is produced by putting a chemical ad ... Read More

Montego Bay Marine Park, Sandals Foundation plant mangroves for World Wetlands Day

Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

Sandals Montego Bay’s valued guest Stan Hufford and Sandals Foundation ambassadors Suzanne Stephenson and Askia Moody help to make a difference by replanting mangrove saplings in the Whitehouse fishing village on Saturday, February 4..

MONTEGO BAY, St James — In recognition of World Wetlands Day last Thursday, February 2, Sandals Foundatioon launched an awareness campaign across the Caribbean to educate students and community members on the importance of preserving wetlands. Sandals Foundation team members in the islands of Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, Jamaica, and the Turks & Caicos organised school field trips to give students a hands-on opportunity to observe the wetlands. They also hosted co ... Read More

Forestry Department urges protection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

The Black River Upper Morass, a former rice production area in the 1950s and 60s, is an example of swamp forest in Jamaica. (Photo: Caribbean Birding Trail) .

The Forestry Department has given a frightening report on the state of the island’s swamps — low-lying forested areas that are flooded either seasonally or permanently with freshwater — announcing last week that only 4.5 per cent of them remain in tact. “Data from the latest Land Use Assessment Survey, which was conducted by the agency, shows that over the last 15 years Jamaica has lost 2,124.1 hectares of swamp forest, leaving this forest type at only 122.9 hectares, wh ... Read More

4 irrefutable truths about climate change science

Wednesday, February 01, 2017    

Donald Trump

During the recent confirmation hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, a familiar pattern has emerged. Many of them have acknowledged that climate change is happening, but each has sowed doubt by either understating the connection between human activity and climate change or by suggesting that there’s too much uncertainty to act. The overall effect of these statements is to confuse or stall progress. The reality is that we know plenty about the role of people as primary driv ... Read More

EFJ awards $85 million for climate change projects

Wednesday, February 01, 2017    

Eighteen civil society organisations on Monday received a combined total of $85 million to implement climate change adaptation and resilience-building projects in communities across the island. The grant funds were provided under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF), which is supported by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanisms project of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience. They are administered by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ). The beneficiary ... Read More

165 people trained as environmental wardens

Friday, January 27, 2017    

Systems Operation and Environment Manager at Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Dr Milton Clarke, highlights initiatives being undertaken by the entity as part of its solid waste management project at a recent JIS ‘Think Tank’. Photo: JIS

SOME 165 people from 30 underserved communities across the island have been trained as environmental wardens under the solid waste management initiative being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The environmental wardens have been gazetted under the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) Act and are responsible for enforcing environmental laws across the country, but particularly in their communities. Speaking with JIS News, systems operation and environment m ... Read More

NEPA satisfied with Black River oil spill clean-up

Thursday, January 26, 2017    

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it is satisfied with the clean-up and remediation efforts undertaken by J Wray and Nephew following this week’s oil spill into the Black River in St Elizabeth. On Monday, J Wray and Nephew notified NEPA that a defective oil cooler had leaked approximately 30 gallons of oil into the Black River. NEPA said in a news release yesterday that officers from its Pollution Monitoring and Assessment Branch as well as its Enforcement Branch ... Read More

Energy efficiency training workshop for hospitality sector

Wednesday, January 25, 2017    

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) will deliver its first energy efficiency training workshop in Montego Bay, tomorrow and Friday. The two-day event, set for Half Moon Resort, is specially designed for the hospitality sector and is aimed at educating a cross section of hotel personnel from across the island — including hotel, environment and maintenance managers and chief financial officers — about the value of ener ... Read More

Climate Change Division trains focal point personnel

Wednesday, January 25, 2017    

VAZ… climate change agenda must
be placed front and centre in all our
development planning

The Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has begun a five-day training of its point people across all government ministries, agencies and departments, with a view to mainstreaming climate change considerations in development planning. The training started on Monday and is being implemented in collaboration with the German Federal Enterprise for International Cooperation. Daryl Vaz, minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister, where the ... Read More

Trump blocks Environment Protection Agency communication

Wednesday, January 25, 2017    

A screen shot of the White House homepage.

Global research outfit The World Resources Institute (WRI) has spoken out against several actions the Trump administration has taken since being inaugurated last Friday. Among the actions are the removal from the White House website of references to climate change, and a gag placed on staff of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday. The Trump team circulated a memo to the EPA requiring scientists and other staff to immediately stop communicating with the public through any means, i ... Read More



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