ACP wants 'legally binding' agreement at Paris climate conference

BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) -- The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group says it wants a "legally binding agreement" to be adopted when the global community meets in Paris later this month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). ACP Secretary General Dr Patrick Gomes will be head ... Read More

(From left) Professor Dale Webber, chairman, Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, in discussion
at the launch of the Lions Club of Mona video Championing Reforestation, with Marilyn Headley,
conservator of forests; and Lions Club of Mona’s Richard Bramwell and Denise Forrest. Mona Lions are heroes
GOVERNMENT has declared the Lions Club of Mona a hero for its work over the last decade to restore d ... Read More

Paris, home of the famous Eiffel
Tower, is to be the scene of the
world climate talks, starting next
week. (PHOTO: AP) What I expect from the UN climate change conference in Paris
FOR the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the fron ... Read More

Robert Pickersgill (file photo) US$9m wastewater upgrades signed
MINISTER of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill recently signed a c ... Read More

Jamaicans teach Haitians how to grow breadfruit

BY JAVENE SKYERS Observer staff reporter skyersj@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November 18, 2015    

Trees That Feed Foundation founders Mike (second
right) and Mary McLaughlin (right) speak about the
virtues of breadfruit with two farmers.

REFORESTATION efforts in Haiti, where only two per cent of forest cover is estimated to remain, got a leg up from Jamaica recently when a group of seven agronomists from that country visited Jamaica for a week-long intensive agricultural training programme. The project was an initiative of non-profit, American-based organisation Trees That Feed Foundation. Its founders, Michael and Mary McLaughlin, teamed up with the Hope Botanical Gardens; College of Arts, Science and Education; and the Minist ... Read More

Jamaicans walk for the climate

Wednesday, November 04, 2015    

The Water band

MORE than 1,500 people joined Environmental Solutions Limited on October 24 — the International Day of Climate Action-- when it staged Jamaica's Climate Walk in Kingston under the theme Walk for Health Stand for Earth. Participants trekked from Emancipation Park up Knutsford Boulevard, onto Trafalgar Road, down Hope Road, down Half-Way-Tree Road, and back to Emancipation Park via Oxford Road. The intention was to heighten public awareness about the impact of climate change, as well as mi ... Read More

China NGOs win landmark environmental lawsuit

Wednesday, November 04, 2015    

FUZHOU, China (Xinhua) — Two NGOs won an environmental damage lawsuit against a quarry in the east China's Fujian province last Thursday. It is believed to be a landmark case made possible by China's strengthened environmental law. The case, filed by Friends of Nature and Fujian Green Home, opened in Nanping Municipal Intermediate People's Court of Fujian months ago, accusing four people of severely damaging vegetation on a hillside in Nanping City. The court ordered the defendants to cl ... Read More

Caricom environment ministers meeting in St Lucia

Thursday, October 29, 2015    

Robert Pickersgill (file photo)

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) ministers and climate change negotiators began a two-day meeting here yesterday to fine-tune the region`s negotiating position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris later next month. The November 30 to December 11 conference forms part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change UNFCC). The meeting here is a follow-up to a similar one held here in September and the orga ... Read More

Meadowbrook High plugs into the sun

Wednesday, October 28, 2015    

An aerial view of
Meadowbrook’s PV system
installed by ATL

"LET your light so shine" has become more than a motto for 57-year-old co-ed institution Meadowbrook High; it speaks to its move this school year to include solar into its energy mix. Principal Michael Peart had proposed the use of solar energy as part of the school's action plan at the beginning of his tenure three years ago. He believed that going green was a step in the right direction in keeping with the school's evolving energy needs. "Our average electricity bills were ranging as high as ... Read More

16 win Momentum for Change award

Wednesday, October 28, 2015    

Using a carbon-asset-backed loan to protect forests
and produce cocoa.

THE UN Climate Change secretariat yesterday announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations' Momentum for Change climate change award. Winning activities include Fairphone, which is a seriously cool smartphone that puts social values first, and the Emerging and Sustainable Cities Initiative, which is enabling 40 Latin American cities to take concrete climate action. Others inspiring projects include Microsoft's Internal Carbon Fee, which holds its business units financially responsible ... Read More

UTech to unveil findings of cooking with hydrogen study

Wednesday, October 28, 2015    

University of Technology Jamaica (UTech) File Photo

THE findings of a University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech)-led research project focusing on the sustainable production of hydrogen as a fuel for domestic cooking will form the basis of presentations and discussions at an International Hydrogen Conference and Exhibition being hosted by UTech at its Papine campus, November 3 - 4, 2015. The conference is first of its kind in the Caribbean region. In 2012, UTech, along with research partners from Brunel University, United Kingdom; University of ... Read More

Cassava Pond gets $9 million water supply system

Sunday, October 25, 2015    

Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change
Robert Pickersgill (second foreground), turns on the Cassava
Pond water supply system in morth-west St Catherine, during a
commissioning ceremony on Thursday. Others (from foreground)
are: managing director of the Rural Water Supply Limited
(RWSL), Audley Thompson; mayor of Spanish Town, Norman
Scott; Commissioner at the RWSL, Debbie-Ann Kerr-Scott; and
councillor for the Lluidas Vale Division, Hugh Graham.

MINISTER of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, on Thursday commissioned into service the Cassava Pond water supply system in north-west St Catherine. The facility, established at a cost of $9 million, will serve over 1,000 residents of Cassava Pond, Purang Hill and surrounding areas, providing them with a more reliable supply of potable water. The project, undertaken by the Rural Water Supply Company Limited, included the repair of an existing 30,000-gallon tank, ... Read More

Write about climate change; win a trip to Paris!

Saturday, October 17, 2015    

FLETCHER... the Caribbean needs a legally binding global
agreement that keeps temperature increases below 1.5 degrees
Celsius above pre-industrial levels by the year 2100

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia — The Environmental Education Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science, and Technology here has issued a challenge to journalists to cover climate change-related issues for a chance to win a trip to Paris. It is called the Saint Lucia Media Climate Change Challenge, and invites journalists to: (i) register for the challenge; (ii) report on climate change issues; and (iii) submit copies of the published pieces to the ministry. The winner wi ... Read More


Wednesday, October 14, 2015    

HIPPOLYTE… we need to
tell the world what we
feel and what we want

CASTRIES, Saint Lucia — "The arts can make us act, and we need action in response to the threats, the realities of climate change". These were the words from award-winning Saint Lucian poet Kendel Hippolyte, speaking at the launch of a Caribbean campaign on Climate Justice at the Orchid Garden here last Thursday evening. The purpose of the campaign -- dubbed #1point5tostayalive -- is to raise awareness, momentum and popular support in favour of the Caribbean's negotiating position in the ... Read More



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