Environment

Regional workshop on biosafety opens in Dominica

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — A three-day regional workshop on the environmental risk assessment in biosafety began here Monday as the region prepares to participate in two important international environmental conferences later this year. The workshop forms part of a regional project for implemen ... Read More

Kenya's first wind
farm, Ngong Hills,
near Nairobi US$45B from green economy?
NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits - ... Read More

The Yushin Maru catcher ship
of the Japanese whaling fleet
injures a whale with its first
harpoon attempt before taking
a further three harpoon shots to
finally kill the whale in the
Southern Ocean off Antarctica,
on January 7, 2006. (PHOTO:
AP) Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face
The international court ruling against Japanese whaling two weeks ago may have given the Government ... Read More

UN panel shows who’s
responsible for CO2 emissions UN panel shows who's responsible for CO2 emissions
BERLIN (AP) — The UN's expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend o ... Read More

‘Thank God fi seaside’

Wednesday, April 09, 2014    

A section of the crowd. (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON)

KAREN Miller has been able to school her children, the eldest of whom is now enrolled in university, with money earned from plying the wares of the sea. So has Una Harrison, a man identified only as 'mice' and numerous other residents of Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine. But they are now more worried than ever that once the planned port is built at Goat Islands as part of the logistics hub it will bring an end to their livelihoods as fishermen and fish vendors. That was the concern that featur ... Read More

'Wild climate ride only just beginning'

Wednesday, April 02, 2014    

YOKOHAMA, Japan - Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a UN scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. Twenty-first century disasters such as killer heat waves in Europe, wildfires in the United States, droughts in Australia, and deadly flooding in Mozambique, Thailand and Pakistan highlight how vulnerable humanity is to extreme weather, says a new report released early Monday by a Nobel Prize-winning group ... Read More

Plastic separation project in seven ministries

Monday, March 31, 2014    

EDWARDS… up to 1.8 million tonnes of domestic waste
generated in Jamaica annually

Beginning tomorrow, a plastic separation initiative is to be launched in seven Government ministries, as part of plans to effectively manage the nation's solid waste. The ministries of health, education, finance and planning, national security, agriculture, local government, and justice are to participate in this project, which involves the separation of plastic containers from regular waste, for collection by the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). Employees and visitors to th ... Read More

Jacobs commends Ja

Wednesday, March 26, 2014    

NTIFO...a lot more needs to be done

JAMAICA has won commendation from international engineering and scientific services provider Jacobs UK for taking steps at the policy level to mitigate climate change. Addressing last Friday's environment expo at Devon House, divisional director of the company Steve Ntifo, himself a leading authority on water, sanitation and wastewater services policy and strategy, gave examples of specific projects being undertaken in that regard in the UK and his native Rwanda, and said that the current move ... Read More

Say 'forest', not 'bush'!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014    

Green Hill in the Blue Mountains (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FORESTRY DEPARTMENT)

IF you're like the average Jamaican, you use the word 'bush' to denote any area of wild or un-manicured greenery. You might also use it to refer to farmlands or to rural Jamaica. Any of these would, however, earn you the ire of the Forestry Department which manages approximately 110,000 hectares of land on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, 30 per cent of the island's total forest cover. A forest, according to CEO of the department and conservator of forests Marilyn Headley, is any area wi ... Read More

Cost survey to compare Goat Islands with Kingston Harbour

Wednesday, March 26, 2014    

PARCHMENT... it is important to provide
another perspective in real economic terms as
we seek to continue to promote sustainable
development in Portland Bight

SALT RIVER, Clarendon — The Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation is raising funds to hire an international firm to conduct a study on the cost effectiveness of developing a port at Goat Islands as against the Kingston Harbour. "Much of the current Goat Islands discussion pits the environment against the economy, but we believe the two don't have to work against each other," said Ingrid Parchment, executive director of C-CAM, which does conservation work in the Portlan ... Read More

Smallest Canary island is first territory to be fully powered by renewable energy

Friday, March 21, 2014    

A Spanish island hopes to become the first in the world fully powered by renewable energy later this year when it launches a new wind and water energy plant, a spokeswoman said yesterday. The Gorona de Viento plant is due to launch in June on El Hierro, the smallest of the Canary Islands off the Atlantic coast of Africa, project spokeswoman Cristina Morales told AFP. "It will introduce energy into the system gradually. By the end of this year, if all goes well, we will be able to reach 100 per ... Read More

Gov't establishes network to implement climate change provisions

Thursday, March 20, 2014    

PICKERSGILL… climate change also presents opportunities

A Focal Point Network has been established to support the Government's implementation of provisions under the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan across the public sector and the wider society. The network, comprising 27 representatives from ministries, departments and agencies, will collaborate with the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change to implement the provisions. Speaking at the network's launch, on Wednesday at the ministry ... Read More

Tourism threat!

BY ANIKA RICHARDS Observer staff reporter richardsai@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March 19, 2014    

Water-based tourism activities stand to be impacted by climate change.

ALTHOUGH the impact of climate change is not expected to be felt in any significant way in Jamaica until sometime between 2050 and 2080, already there are worrying signs in western Jamaica that the country's tourism product is at risk. Particularly in Negril and sections of St James, sources that have been used for water supply over many years are declining, and blue holes are drying up, according to Water Resources Authority (WRA) Managing Director Basil Fernandez who spoke with reporters and ... Read More

C-CAM stages 'green' 5K event

Wednesday, March 19, 2014    

Manatee Bay, seen from the air, is part of the Portland Bight
Protected Area which is managed by C-CAM. (PHOTO: JET)

THE Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), the non-governmental organisation that manages the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, will stage a 'green' 5K walk/run on April 27 to raise funds for its work and to bring awareness to the importance of good environmental practices. The race will be run from Vere to Lionel Town, both in Clarendon, between 6:30 am and 10:00 am and is timed to commemorate Earth Day, observed on April 22, as well as ... Read More



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