Environment

Archduchess spends $25 million in 14 months on foundaton, marine lab

Francesca von H with a bag of Lionfish.

PORTLAND resident Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen has invested $25 million over the last 14 months in establishing the Alligator Head Foundation and Marine Lab. The University of the West Indies has committed $30 million dollars in staff and time to the project, with Dr Dayne Buddo as ... Read More

Northern Potoo
(PHOTO: CBIRDSCARIBBEAN/WENDYLEE) And the winners are...
CONGRATULATIONS Valdis Vassell and Stacy-Ann Lowe for being the first two Jamaica Observer readers t ... Read More

United States Flag Flying on garbage
NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next t ... Read More

Pope Francis (PHOTO: AP) World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'
VATICAN CITY, The Vatican (AP) — The Vatican invited the 60 mayors to a two-day conference to ... Read More

Grenada mulls exporting SEAWEED TO CHINA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Sargassum seaweed on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, June 24, 2014. (PHOTO: AP)

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) - The Grenadian Government is seeking to determine whether the abundance of Sargassum seaweed washing up on its beaches can be of economic benefit to the Eastern Caribbean isle that is washed on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean. At a post cabinet press briefing last week, Environment Minister Roland Bhola said based on a request from the Government of China, St George's University is leading research to identify the level and variety of the seaweed. Sargassum is ... Read More

And the winners are...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

The Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo is only found
in Jamaica.
(PHOTO: BIRDSCARIBBEAN/TED EUBANKS)

THANK you, readers, for your many submissions in last week's name the bird. You gave us Mangrove Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Petchary, Potoo, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Cuckoo, Old Man/Old Woman Bird, Rain bird, and Old Man Quoki. The correct answer, as per the folks at BirdsCaribbean, is Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo. A lot of you got it right, but only the first two count, so CONGRATULATIONS OMAR DEANS AND TRACIE RICKARDS! As the name suggests, the Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo has a chestnut ... Read More

Peregrine falcons no longer threatened species in Illinois

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

Peregrine Falcon
(PHOTO: AP)

CHICAGO, USA (AP) — In the early 1950s, there were no peregrine falcons in Illinois and scientists worried that the species would disappear entirely from North America. But officials with the Chicago Peregrine Programme announced yesterday that the quick-diving birds are flourishing in Illinois and are no longer in immediate danger. Over the years, the peregrine falcon's status has improved from endangered to threatened. Now the species has been removed from the state's endangered and th ... Read More

Record rains could affect shrimp, oyster harvesting in Texas

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

Water shoots up between boards on a pier in San Leon,
Texas, during high tide Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The area
experienced a tidal surge due to Tropical Storm Bill.
(PHOTO: AP)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A surge of freshwater runoff brought on by heavy spring rains could cause problems for Galveston Bay shrimp and oyster harvesters this season, according to new predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scientists say the influx of freshwater pushed many young shrimp out of the bay earlier in their lifecycle than usual in search of favourable salinity levels, possibly leading to smaller shrimp. Higher freshwater levels also wiped o ... Read More

What's my name?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

(PHOTO: BIRSCARIBBEAN/WENDY LEE)

The first two individuals to correctly name the bird pictured here will win great prizes courtesy of the Jamaica Observer. A clue? It's found only in Jamaica. Submit answers to envirowatchja@gmail.com Northern Potoo.jpg (PHOTO: BIRSCARIBBEAN/WENDY LEE) What's my name? --> Read More

Honolulu mayor calls for fewer loopholes in plastic bag ban

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

HONOLULU, USA (AP) — Honolulu officials are calling for stricter enforcement of Oahu's new plastic bag bans as environmentalists are concerned that the law has too many loopholes. Both Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and Council Chair Ernie Martin said they are open to strengthening the law, which took effect July 1. The law allows the use of plastic bags if they are at least 2.25 mils thick, reported Hawaii News Now (http://bit.ly/1Dehfis). Stuart Coleman of the Surfrider Foundation said s ... Read More

Bird lovers flock to Jamaica

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

What's my name?
(PHOTO: BIRDSCARIBBEAN/TED EUBANKS)

SOME 200 scientists, ornithologists, conservationists, students and educators from across the Caribbean and beyond will flock to Kingston for the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean later this month to highlight the latest research and conservation efforts in Jamaica and the region. Organisers say the event will also give participants the opportunity to see some of Jamaica's 29 remarkable endemic birds through bird-watching sessions around Kingston and field trips to the Blue Mountains ... Read More

What's my name?

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

What's my name?
(PHOTO: BIRDSCARIBBEAN/TED EUBANKS)

The first two persons to correctly name the Jamaican endemic bird featured above will win great prizes courtesy of Jamaica Observer. Submit answers to envirowatch@gmail.com (Photo: BirdsCaribbean/Ted Eubanks) What's my name? --> Read More

Gov't to produce own ethanol

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

Ethanol plant. (File Photo)

THE country is seeking to stop importing bio-fuel and produce its own supply, while increasing the current mix of ethanol in petrol from 10 to 20 per cent, according to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. "[This] is something that we are giving serious consideration," Principal Director of Policy, Planning, Development and Evaluation Division Dr Oral Rainford said. He was speaking at the opening of the workshop on the Life Cycle Sustainable Assessment and Global Bio Energy Partn ... Read More

Pope calls youth to environmental action

Wednesday, July 08, 2015    

QUITO, Ecuador — Otavalenas Indians holding posters featuring
Pope Francis arrive at Bicentennial Park to attend a Mass
celebrated by the pontiff, yesterday. (PHOTO: AP)

THE head of the Catholic Church yesterday challenged Latin America's youth to take up the environmental protection call, saying the defence of God's creation isn't just a recommendation but a requirement. Pope Francis' appeal, delivered at Quito's Catholic University, is particularly relevant for Ecuador, a Pacific nation that is home to one of the world's most species-diverse ecosystems but is also an OPEC country heavily dependent on oil. The pope told students and professors that God gave h ... Read More



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