Beware resurgence of DROUGHT

Minister of Water, Land,
Environment and Climate
Change Robert Pickersgill
(left) and National Water
Commission regional
water supply manager for
the South East, Keon
Hinds, on site at the Mona
Dam earlier this year.

MINISTER with responsibility for the environment Robert Pickersgill is warning that the southern sections of St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine in particular could slip back into abnormally dry drought conditions between now and December as a result of a low rainfall outlook. In adition to th ... Read More

This image provided by NOAA was taken at 11:15 pm EDT Thursday October 16, 2014. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo as it approaches Bermuda with maximum
sustained winds of 140 mph moving north-northeast at 14 mph according. Gonzalo was expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of Bermuda, close enough
to be considered a direct hit. (PHOTO: AP) Anguillla to access US$500,000 for Gonzalo damage
GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Fa ... Read More

Director of the Planning Projects, Evaluation and Research Division at NEPA, Novelette Douglas (right) points out some of the
plant and animal species that make up Jamaica’s vast biodiversity to (from left) programme specialist at the UNDP Richard Kelly,
deputy director general of the PIOJ Claire Bernard, and senior director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate
Change Gillian Guthrie. Occasion was Thursday’s inception workshop for the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
project at Courtleigh Hotel. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Biodiversity to guide development
GOVERNMENT'S environment and planning agency has begun the process of updating the country's Nationa ... Read More

This October 2, 2014, file photo shows women shading
themselves from the hot sun in the Chinatown section of
downtown Los Angeles. It sounds like a broken record, but last
month again set a new mark for global heat. And
meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year
ever recorded, or more likely break it. (PHOTO: AP) 'The hottest September in 135 years'
EARTH is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologist ... Read More

5 Facts about Climate Change in the Caribbean

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Climate change,

NATURAL events and human activities contribute to an increase in average temperatures around the world. Increases in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), is the main cause. Our planet and our region are warming. This leads to a change in climate. 1. The Caribbean is a minute contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but will be among the most severely impacted. 2. We are already experiencing its impacts with more frequent extreme weather events, such as the 2013 rain event ... Read More

Ja launches third national report to UN climate change body

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, October 16, 2014    

KASHYAP... scalable solutions are becoming increasingly
available and are able to assist us in leapfrogging to cleaner,
more resilient economies

THE United Nations has commended Jamaica for taking steps to prepare and submit its Third National Communication as well as the First Biennial Update report to the United Nations Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The country submitted the first and second communication reports in 2000 and 2011, respectively. Addressing a stakeholders meeting at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel Tuesday, UN resident coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) resident representative in Jamai ... Read More

Do not underestimate climate change, experts warn

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

Climate change,

BASED on current trends, Jamaica faces an 11 per cent greater risk of floods, and an accompanying nine per cent greater risk of deaths from floods if the country does not act urgently to put systems in place to deal effectively with climate change -- the global phenomemon which scientists say is increasingly causing temperatures and sea levels to rise. In addition to that, rather than experiencing a one-in-one-hundred year severe natural disaster, the island stands to see two major events withi ... Read More

REAP takes on waste management

Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

Members of Denham Town Primary School, led by Mrs
Strand-Morgan (second right) received their LASCO Re-Leaf
Environmental Awareness supplies and iCool water from
Stephanie Mair (from back left), LASCO Distributors
Marketing Executive; Stephen Newland, Project Director of
the programme; and Matthew Blake, LASCO Financial
Services Marketing Officer at the launch at St Jago
Preparatory School on Friday, October 3.

SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine — This year's edition of the LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness programme, which was launched at the beginning of the month, will focus on the management of the country's various resources and will initiate a school environment manual and a heritage tour, slated for January 2015. The theme of the programme is 'Where there is a will, there is no waste'. It is significant, organisers believe, because of the negative environmental impacts being experienced such ... Read More

'Hand-washing with soap can save lives'

Wednesday, October 15, 2014    

‘Hand-washing with
soap can save lives’

WASHINGTON, DC - With the current Ebola outbreak facing countries in West Africa, the key message of Global Handwashing Day -- that handwashing with soap can save lives -- is more timely than ever. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world will mobilise to promote the simple fact that hand-washing is a readily accessible, affordable 'do-it-yourself' vaccine that helps prevent infections ranging in severity from the common cold to diarrheal diseases and Ebola. Hand-washing with soap ... Read More


Sunday, October 12, 2014    


Proprieter of Oasis on the Oxford Restaurant and Pub Lorraine Clunie emphasises the need for Jamaicans to depend less on the Jamaica Public Service Company for electricity and go the route of solar, to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who last week officially opened the solar plant that powers the business operated jointly by Clunie and her lawyer husband and retired deputy commissioner of police Owen. Looking on is Milton Miller, chief executive officer of Co ... Read More

LED there be light: 3 share Nobel for blue diode

Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

SANTA BARBARA, California — Scientist Shuji Nakamura, a Japanese-born American professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, demonstrates on
LED lights during a news conference yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)

STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American yesterday won the Nobel Prize in physics for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones, worldwide. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and naturalised US citizen Shuji Nakamura revolutionised lighting technology two decades ago when they came up with a long-elusive component of the white LED lights that in ... Read More

How we think about garbage needs to change, says JET

Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

Garbage litters a beach in Kingston (Photo: Gorgette Beckford)

IN light of the improper garbage disposal across the island and the public health threat it poses, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has been holding focus groups to gain insight into people's attitudes towards wate management. It admits that its sample size is small and limited to hospitality workers. "So we do not claim scientific certainty, but we believe the findings are indicative," JET said in a release to the media. The non-governmental organisation has been leading beach clean-ups, ... Read More

PHOTO: Spotted!

Wednesday, October 08, 2014    

This hollowed-out carcass of a Spotted Porcupinefish was discovered on the beach at Fort Rocky on the
Palisadoes road during the 20th annual Jamaica Environment Trust-coordinated International Coastal Clean-up
Day, recently. The spiny fish, which is considered a solitary species, inhabit the coral reefs of warm tropical
waters. They feed on hard-shelled invertebrates such as crabs. The adults are grey or brown in colour with
several dark bands around the body and small dark spots on the upper surfaces and fins. The young generally
lack the dark bands and have dark spots descending to the belly. (PHOTO: GORGETTE BECKFORD)

This hollowed-out carcass of a Spotted Porcupinefish was discovered on the beach at Fort Rocky on the Palisadoes road during the 20th annual Jamaica Environment Trust-coordinated International Coastal Clean-up Day, recently. The spiny fish, which is considered a solitary species, inhabit the coral reefs of warm tropical waters. They feed on hard-shelled invertebrates such as crabs. The adults are grey or brown in colour with several dark bands around the body and small dark spots on the upper su ... Read More

ATL Automotive goes green

Friday, October 03, 2014    

Heidi Clarke (left), director of programmes — Sandals Foundation; Park Ranger Herma Dawes; and ATL Automotive’s Hugh Okoye
plant a seedling in the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park to observe the launch of the ATL ‘Drive Green’ campaign. The
campaign pledges that the automotive company will plant one tree for every car sold in a bid to mitigate Jamaica’s carbon
footprint and restore its degraded forest ecosystem.

ONE tree planted for every car sold. That is the promise of the 'Drive Green' campaign, a partnership between ATL Automotive Limited, Sandals Foundation, and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) to advance reforestation and mitigate Jamaica's carbon footprint by restoring degraded forest ecosystems. Starting today -- National Tree Planting Day -- ATL Automotive and the JCDT have committed to planting a tree for each car sold, which will help to reduce the effects of carbon diox ... Read More



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