Environment

Ja launches third national report to UN climate change body

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 20 ... Read More

climate change, eexxppeerrttss wwaarrn Do not underestimate climate change, experts warn
BASED on current trends, Jamaica faces an 11 per cent greater risk of floods, and an accompanying ni ... Read More

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. REAP takes on waste management
SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine — This year's edition of the LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness ... Read More

‘Hand-washing with
soap can save lives’ 'Hand-washing with soap can save lives'
WASHINGTON, DC - With the current Ebola outbreak facing countries in West Africa, the key message of ... Read More

PHOTO: GONE FULLY SOLAR

Sunday, October 12, 2014    

SOLAR FULLY

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

Four more land surveyors commissioned

Thursday, October 02, 2014    

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change
Robert Pickersgill (right) presents newly appointed land
surveyor David Gordon (centre), with his Instrument of
Commission, during a brief presentation ceremony at the
ministry’s New Kingston offices on Tuesday. Sharing in the
occasion is junior minister Ian Hayles.

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill has underscored the importance of the work carried out by land surveyors, particularly in the process of sustainable development, incorporating land utilisation. "Your role is basic to all planning and development activities and covers all facets of the interdependence between people and their surroundings. Your work determines boundaries, and is integral to the planning and construction of buildings, infrastructure, c ... Read More

Sort it Out!

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Students and teachers of Kensington Primary and
representatives from the respective groups pose with the
equipment which was handed over.

That is the theme of a recycling initiative launched at Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine on Friday September 19. The project is the brainchild of the Jamaica Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme Alumni Association (JJETAA) and is in observance of the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Jamaica and Japan. The project models an ingrained Japanese tradition of sorting disposable containers used at lunch in schools and will feature sorting paper and plastic bottles in the ... Read More

Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Birds enjoying a
warming session.
(PHOTO: AFP)

GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. The study released yesterday from the Swiss-based WWF largely blamed human threats to nature for a 52 per cent decline in wildlife populations between 1970 and 2010. It says improved methods of measuring populations of fish, birds, mammals, amphibians and reptiles explain ... Read More

FREE seedlings for tree planting day

Wednesday, October 01, 2014    

Yellow and pink poui
trees are among the
ornamental variety
being offered free of
cost by the Forestry
Department. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS)

GOVERNMENT is urging more people to plant trees across the island by offering seedlings of fruit, ornamental and hardwood trees either free or at a minimal cost in preparation for National Tree Planting Day, which is to be observed this Friday, October 3. The seedlings are being distributed at the Forestry Department's nurseries on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew; and in Williamsfield, Manchester as well as Moneague, St Ann. Distribution will also be done from the department's offices in Cath ... Read More

Ministry seeks funds to upgrade school labs

Friday, September 26, 2014    

The University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Bio-Tech R&D
Institute on Tuesday signed a collaborative agreement to
enhance innovation in scientific research and development.
Here Prof Archibald McDonald (left) signs on behalf of the
university, while Dr Henry Lowe inks the agreement on behalf of
Bio-Tech R&D Institute, of which he is executive chairman.
Witnessing the signing are (from left) Prof Errol Morrison,
director general of the National Council on Science and
Technology; Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson, registrar, UWI Mona;
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites; and Prof Ishenkumba
Kahwa, deputy principal of UWI, Mona.
(PHOTO: ASTON SPAULDING)

THE Ministry of Education is seeking money to assist in the upgrading of science laboratories and the provision of micro-science kits for secondary and primary schools across the island. This move is consistent with the ministry's plans to fully and formally integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) into all aspects of the education system. It also forms part of Government's strategic response to the need for more highly qualified technology graduates for t ... Read More



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