Coal burners VS bird shooters

A makeshift kiln in the coal-burning area. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

COAL burners in St Catherine are crying 'fowl' over public perception that they are the main group responsible for destruction of forests in the parish. The group, which met last week with representatives of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (CCAM) in Hill Run, just outside of Spanis ... Read More

A green turtle with a transmitter attached to its back. TCI tracks green turtles
Two more teenage green turtles have been fitted with hi-tech satellite transmitters and released on ... Read More

KELLIER... the sustainability of the sugar industry rests in part
on how we preserve our environment. Eco-friendly training for farmers - Kellier
THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will be implementing a programme to train farmers and othe ... Read More

Meadowbrook High School student Jermaine Levene receives the third-place trophy. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) A 'Green' logo
AFTER having extended the competition deadline by three months, the environment ministry has now set ... Read More

OAS promotes circular economies in Caribbean

Wednesday, May 06, 2015    

THE Organisation of American States (OAS) hosted a high-level dialogue at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on Monday to discuss the progress of the Closed Looped Cycle Production (CLCP) in the Americas programme being implemented in Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. The programme promotes greater adoption of sustainable design and cleaner production methods by micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in order to enhance their productivity, competiveness, and sustainability, as wel ... Read More

Germany helps Alpha shave light bill

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May 06, 2015    

Solar PV panels line the roof of the
woodwork shop at Alpha Institute.

ALPHA Institute is expecting its electricity bill from Jamaica Public Service (JPS) any day now and if the projections are correct, the figure should be $80,000 less than the previous ones, which average half a million dollars a month. "I can hardly wait for my first JPS bill," executive director of the institute Sr Susan Frazer said Monday, unable to hide her enthusiasm at the prospects. She was speaking at the handover of a $4-million solar power system which the istitute, formerly called A ... Read More

WRA develops aquifer vulnerability map

Friday, May 01, 2015    


THE Water Resources Authority (WRA) has prepared an aquifer vulnerability map for the island, which is aimed at providing information to protect the country's water resources from current and future impacts of drought and other climate-related events. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgil made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. "The vulnerability map indicates the potential risk ... Read More

Wetlands & wildlife

Wednesday, April 29, 2015    

The galvanised steel building that is the
Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre.

THREE storeys high, with each one smaller than the first, the Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre in Salt River, Clarendon is an architectural beauty. Add to that the fact that it sits in the wetlands, bordered by mangroves and charmed by the various birds, turtles, fish and crocodiles that call it home, and you'll feel a beckoning tug. "There are lots of things for people to see and do (here)," Executive Director of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) Ingrid Parchm ... Read More

Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Regional economies face peril with
declining coral reefs — report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs. According to a report, years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs in the Caribbean and around the world to disappear. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says erosion threatens not just fish and marine life that are supported by coral ecosystems, but a vast to ... Read More

Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Youth Mayor of Lucea Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Primary School (third left), is flanked by (from
left) Romario Guthrie of Cave Valley All-Age, Shamarie Williams of Sandy Bay Junior High,
Daniel Miller of Knockalva Technical and Kevoy Hall of Askenish All-Age, shortly after they
unveiled their projects at the recent monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council.

LUCEA, Hanover - Several environmental projects are among the initiatives to be undertaken by the 2014/2015 youth councillors for Hanover. Last week, five youth councillors unveiled their projects at the regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council, following weeks of consultations with their peers and school administration. The youth mayor and councillors were selected last October from schools across six parish council divisions in the parish. Youth Mayor Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Prim ... Read More

St Lucian resorts switch to LED for Earth Day

Wednesday, April 22, 2015    

Only natural lighting is used at Anse
Chastanet during the day. (PHOTO

SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts are marking Earth Day by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode (LED) solution. Karolin Troubetzkoy, who manages operations at the award-winning St Lucian resorts, said: "We have registered an initiative with EarthDay.org, stating our commitment to change from incandescent to LED lighting." Carl Hunter, property manager for the world renowned resorts, asserted that the ... Read More

How do I celebrate Earth Day?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015    

A majestic Banyan tree
with aerial roots at Kings
House, Kingston. (PHOTO:

THE first thing that probably comes to mind is planting trees. This is an excellent way to celebrate Earth Day since trees help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, hold soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for birds, insects and other animals. You might also think of saving electricity and conserving water. These are also excellent methods, but there are a lot of other options which you might also consider. Here are a few: * Enjoy nature. Go for a hike. Have a picni ... Read More


Wednesday, April 22, 2015    

BAN... this year, the
world aims to finalise
the post-2015
development agenda
and reach a new and
meaningful universal
climate change

THE word 'mother' holds great power. It evokes memories of the women who gave us life, nurtured us as infants and helped mould us into who we are today. The Earth is the ultimate mother - an astounding planet that has, since time immemorial, supported life in myriad forms. As humans, we outgrow the need for constant maternal care. But we can never outgrow our reliance on Mother Earth. As long as we live, we need air, water, fertile soil and the countless other gifts this planet bestows. Th ... Read More

Earth Day events

Wednesday, April 22, 2015    

* Launch of Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre Hosted by Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation Salt River, Clarendon 1:00 pm * Where the Waste Goes Tourism Action Club Research Day Competition and Awards Ceremony Hosted by Jamaica Environment Trust Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel 1:00-3:00pm * Launch of Environmental Solutions Limited's 25th anniversary and launch of the first Climate Run The Serengeti Restaurant, Hope Zoo 5:00-7:00 pm Earth Day events --> Read More



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