Environment

$15 million allocated to climate change pilot

Inter-American Development Bank

A total of $15 million has been budgeted for the Climate Resilience II Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (pilot), as part of measures to bolster support for climate change activities. This is outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. Th ... Read More

Diana MCCAULAY Wanton disregard of Negril development order to our demise
ON Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 10 pm, I received an e-mail from the Ministry of Land Water Environ ... Read More

Leave the sea turtles! Leave the sea turtles!
THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging members of the public to desist from c ... Read More

1 million trees over 4 years 1 million trees over 4 years
ONE million trees are to be planted over the next four years under the navel string project being un ... Read More

10 endangered sea turtles released back into Florida waters

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

Dr Tres Clarke, a veterinarian for the Audubon Nature Institute, holds an
endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, which was rescued in New England, and
rehabilitated by the institute, before he releases it into the Gulf of Mexico on
Thursday, January 29, 2015. (PHOTO: AP)

ORLANDO, USA (AP) — Ten endangered sea turtles rescued from chilly Massachusetts waters late last year have been released back into the ocean off Florida. The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team released the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles into the waters off the Canaveral National Seashore last week. They were among 72 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles rescued by the New England Aquarium in November after a mass cold stranding off the Massachusetts coast. They were transferred to SeaWorld Orlando, where most ... Read More

Oregon Chub: first fish taken off endangered list

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

An Oregon Chub (right) swims with baby
salmon in the McKenzie River in Oregon.
(PHOTO: AP/Freshwaters Illustrated)

GRANTS PASS, USA (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. The action comes 22 years after the three-inch long fish was first listed as an endangered species, and five years after it was upgraded to threatened. The Oregon Chub had practically disappeared from the Willamette Valley as the swampy backwaters and beaver ponds ... Read More

Multi-purpose edible hedging for your home

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Multi-purpose edible
hedging for your home

Every inch of farmland has the potential for use. How, then, can the home gardener maximise the utility of their yard? Multi-purpose plants are the key. Not all vegetables are as ugly as a radish top. Certain vegetables hold such hidden beauty that varieties are bred and planted as decor: kale, sweet potato, peppers, and asparagus have decorative varieties. Okra has a stunning flower, opening only during the day, cream with maroon centres. Artichoke has grey leaves and large iridescent purpl ... Read More

Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – A worker walks alongside rows of solar panels at the Horus photovoltaic power station in Chiquimulilla on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Thousands of photovoltaic solar panels were installed at the new plant and will have a useful life of 25 years, according to the Onyx Group, owners and builders of the power station. The Horus plant project envisages a second phase to complete 90 MW of installed capacity. The facility is to sell energy under a longterm contract ... Read More

99 more trees to go

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen plants a Lignum Vitae Tree at King’s House on Friday. Looking on are (from
left) Lieutenant Governor Lisa Golding (Division 25), Lieutenant Governor Lloyd Distant, Jnr (Division 23E),
Serge Viau, Governor of the Eastern Canada and the Caribbean District of Kiwanis International, and Lieutenant
Governor-Elect Beverley Thompson (Division 23E). (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

The Kiwanis Club celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 21, 2015, marking 100 years of dedication to the development of children and communities. In recognising the work of Kiwanis on its 100th anniversary of service, Governor General Sir Patrick Allen declared January 21 “Kiwanis Day”. The Kiwanis Club, one of the largest volunteer organisations globally, is dedicated to improving the world, one child, one community at a time. To commemorate this significant milestone Kiw ... Read More

Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Plan calls for
expanding Gulf of
Mexico reef
sanctuary

NEW ORLEANS, USA (AP) — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to enlarge the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 56 square miles to cover 280 square miles. The sanc ... Read More

'Chainsaw Queen' rejects environmentalists' criticism

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

In this September 15, 2009 file photo, a deforested area is seen near Novo Progresso, in Brazil’s
northern state of Para. Brazil’s new Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the “chainsaw
queen” by environmentalists for what they’ve called her promotion of deforestation, strongly
batted down the criticisms on Thursday January 22, 2014, labelling them as sexist, given she’s
the first woman to hold her post. (PHOTO: AP)

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold that post. Abreu told a small group of foreign reporters that she and her predecessors over the past 12 years had the same thinking on agricultural policies, "so I think that there is an element of machismo, a bias against ... Read More

The Monarchs are back!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

The Monarch Butterfly produce toxins that discourage
predators from eating them.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 per cent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Last year, the Monarchs covered only 1.65 acres (0.67 hectares), the smallest area since record-keeping began in 1993. This year, the butterflies rebounded, to cover 2.79 acres (1.13 hectares), according to a formal census by Mexican environmental a ... Read More

A green energy blueprint's vision, unmet in Liberia

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

MONROVIA, Liberia – In this January 22, 2007 file photo, an unidentified worker inspects
collected latex at the Firestone rubber plantation. A failed US Government-backed plan to produce
environmentally friendly energy in one of Africa’s poorest countries was marred by insider
connections and questionable planning, an Associated Press investigation found. (PHOTO: AP)

On paper, the pitch was simple. Buchanan Renewables, a green energy company backed by the US Government's Overseas Private Investment Corporation, would convert Liberia to "The World's First Biomass Driven Economy." The company's blueprint, detailed in a 15-page brochure produced in June 2011, portrayed the plan as a boon for the environment and economy. Buchanan Renewables, a predecessor of Buchanan Renewable Energy, would salvage nonproducing rubber trees and use them as fuel to power a nee ... Read More

Brrrrrr!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015    

AMITYVILLE, USA – It is estimated that a foot of snow was dumped on Long Island. (PHOTOS: ANGELA NAPOLITANO)

NORTHEAST US – A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on the Boston area along with other stretches of lower New England and Long Island yesterday but failed to live up to the hype in Philadelphia and New York City, where buses and subways started rolling again in the morning. Eastern Massachusetts and parts of Long Island were the hardest hit by the blizzard that dumped nearly two feet of snow on New England - causing heavy winds, coastal flooding and plunging all of ... Read More



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