Environment

Jamaica sets year-end deadline to ratify Paris Agreement

Project Administrator at the Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Clifford Mahlung, addresses a consultation on ‘climate change and human health in Jamaica and its implications for other sectors’ at the Climate Change Division located at Half-Way Tree Road in Kingston. (Photo: JIS)

JAMAICA is expected to deposit its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by year end. The Paris Agreement emphasises that climate change is a threat to human society and that there is a growing need for international collaboration, deep reductions in greenhouse gas (G ... Read More

The muddy brown untreated mix of sewage and trade effluent in the oxidation chamber.Photo: Karl McLarty Wray & Nephew’s US$7-M Wastewater Plan
With its tufts of brown grass interspersed by patches of bare, parched earth, the football field at ... Read More

Rohan Saunders, beekeeper at the Nabs Bee Farm in Beeston Spring, teaches young reef and forest keepers about the life cycle of bees. The children visited the farm during a Science and Environment camp put on by Sandals Whitehouse. 
Sandals Whitehouse grooming young reefers, forest keepers
SANDALS Whitehouse has taken a bold move towards environmental preservation by inducting 21 impressi ... Read More

Climate change dominates opening of 71st session of UN Assembly
NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) kicked off on Tuesday here with more th ... Read More

Guy Harvey in Jamaica for 30th anniversary documentary, MoBay Marlin Tournament

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Guy Harvey (right) with his videographer George Shellenger

German-born, Jamaican-raised conservationist, artist and marine biologist Guy Harvey is now in Jamaica to participate in the 55th Montego Bay Annual International Marlin Tournament and to continue documenting his life’s work in both the art and marine life industries. Accompanying Harvey are his family, friends and videographer George Schellenger, who is recording the Jamaican aspect of Harvey’s life in the documentary he’s currently filming, to be released early next year. ... Read More

CDB exec says region must find new ways to manage marine resources

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

The CDB executive says that in the Caribbean, there has been increasing conflict around the use of coastal space. Growing environmental challenges also pose a threat to the sustainable use of these resources.

BRIDGETOWN,Barbados (CMC) — A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says regional countries need to find new, efficient and sustainable approaches to managing terrestrial and marine resources. CDB Director of Projects Daniel Best told the first biennial Caribbean Coastal Conference here that this initial dialogue on the coastal agenda in the Caribbean should lay the groundwork for galvanising action, improving policy, and guiding management of this critica ... Read More

International Clean-up Day working in the west

BY ANTHONY LEWIS Observer West writer | Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Grand Palladium hotel employees, members of the Rotary and Rotaract clubs of Lucea and community members with bags of garbage collected at the Seaview Drive Beach in Hanover.

LUCEA, Hanover — Project manager at the Rotary Club of Lucea Mervin Spence says it appears that residents of Lucea and its environs are becoming more conscious about the need for a clean environment. “People are getting more educated about garbage and, speaking to the community, they are more passionate about keeping the community clean because they realise the health risk, especially with the Zika virus. A lot of them are talking about that they don’t want their baby to bor ... Read More

16,000 lbs of garbage!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016    

The Scotia Team representing for International Coastal Cleanup at Hellshire. The over 100 Scotia volunteers were among the 1,129 participants in the activities at Hellshire Bay hosted by National Environment and Planning Agency and the Urban Development Corporation. Other corporate teams at Hellshire included JPS, Progressive Grocers and Jet Blue. (Photo: NEPA)

Volunteers from corporate companies, schools, social clubs, etc, who worked the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston on Saturday morning — observed around the world as International Coastal Cleanup — carted off 1,100 bags of garbage weighing some 16,000 lbs, according to initial estimates from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). That does not include the amount removed from the 143 other land and underwater sites across the island where the activity was carried out. Among the find were old re ... Read More

PHOTO: Hellshire Beach clean-up

Monday, September 19, 2016    

Claudine McCalla Miller (centre) Scotiabank director, employee consultation explains to a group of Scotia volunteers the serious impact of plastic on marine life and the ecosystem. McCalla Miller was at the start of the beach clean-up at Hellshire Beach on Saturday. (Photo: Collin Reid)

Claudine McCalla Miller (centre) Scotiabank director, employee consultation explains to a group of Scotia volunteers the serious impact of plastic on marine life and the ecosystem. McCalla Miller was at the start of the beach clean-up at Hellshire Beach on Saturday. (Photo: Collin Reid) Read More

‘Land of soda bottles and styrofoam boxes’

Wednesday, September 14, 2016    

Chris Hind and two members of the JNGI clean-up team at Fort Rocky last year.

Just days ahead of International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day this Saturday, when thousands of volunteers will work to clear 142 beach and underwater sites across the island of garbage, one private sector manager is deploring the act of irresponsible garbage disposal, while urging Jamaicans at large to support the one-day initiative. “Jamaica would not be called the land of wood and water if it were being named today. It would be called the ‘land of soda bottles and styrofoam boxes,& ... Read More

Caribbean Sea earns US$400B a year

Wednesday, September 14, 2016    

An illustration in the World Bank report on the blue economy, showing different uses of the ocean

A World Bank report released yesterday has put the economic value of the Caribbean Sea to the region — to include all its services, from fishing, transport, trade, tourism, mining, waste disposal, energy, carbon sequestration and drug development — at US$407 billion per year based on 2012 data, or just shy of 18 per cent of the region’s total GDP. The figure, it concedes, is an underestimation because the region’s ocean economy to date “is not well measured or und ... Read More

Deadline for CCIC Accelerator programme is Sept 9

Wednesday, September 07, 2016    

RILEY… has encouraged entrepreneurs to become a part of the programme

APPLICATIONS for the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Accelerator Programme will close on Friday, September 9. The six-month programme, which offers mentorship, guidance as well as resources to entrepreneurs in the field of ‘clean energy’, seeks to promote climate change mitigation. Executive Director of the Scientific Research Council (SRC) Dr Cliff Riley, speaking at a JIS ‘Think Tank’ yesterday, said the objectives of the programme are to enable the ... Read More

Trash free waters

Wednesday, September 07, 2016    

(From left) UNEP?s programme officer with responsibility for the pollution sub-programme at the United Nations Environment Programme’s Caribbean Environment Programme Christopher Corbin; marine initiative development officer in the United States of American Stephanie Adrian; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ambassador Sheila Sealy Monteith; and CEO of the National Environment and Planning Agency Peter Knight; and chief technical director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Colonel Oral Khan were engaged in conversation at the recent launch. (Observer)

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently launc hed a pilot programme they hope will stem the flow of solid waste into the island’s waterways. The initiative, dubbed ‘Trash Free Waters’, will see the agencies and their partners in the private and public sectors ramping up use of and support for various strategies, including a prohibition of single-use plastics. The initiative is in line with the Regional ... Read More

Giant panda no longer endangered, experts say

Wednesday, September 07, 2016    

Two of the one-month-old Panda triplets at the Chimelong Safari Park in Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong province. (Photo: AP)

BEIJING, China (AP) — A leading international group has taken the giant panda off its endangered list, thanks to decades of conservation efforts, but China’s Government discounted the move on Monday, saying it did not view the status of the country’s beloved symbol as any less serious. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report released Sunday that the panda is now classified as a “vulnerable” instead of “endangered” spec ... Read More



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