Higher temperatures could mean economic decline — IPCC

(From left) Gerard Alleng, Senior Expert Climate Change Inter-American Development Bank; Dr Hoesung Lee, Chairman of the Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); Daryl Vaz, Minister Without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation;  Professor Dale Webber, Pro Vice- Chancellor, UWI; and Lt Col (ret’d) Oral Khan, Chief Technical Director, Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation at Wednesday’s IPCC symposium on climate change at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters, Mona. (Photo: JIS)

THE world economy stands to recede if global temperatures continue to rise. The Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) sounded the warning knell in Kingston on Wednesday at the launch of a three-day symposium intended to bring policymakers, academia, students and the media into the know ... Read More

An animal worker hoists the 53-lb alligator snapping turtle rescued from  a pipe in Houston, Texas Tuesday. (Photo:AP) 53-pound alligator snapping turtle saved
TEXAS, USA (AP) — A 53-pound alligator snapping turtle is recovering at a Houston wildlife reh ... Read More

GALT, California — In this Wednesday, November 23, 2016 photo, cows are seen feeding at the New Hope Dairy, which has installed a biodigetser to produce renewable energy from cow manure. It’s in line with legislation Gov Jerry Bown signed in September that for the first time regulates heat-trapping gases from livestock operations and landfills. (Observer) Dairy cows to combat global warming?
GALT, California (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. Th ... Read More

climate-change-agenda GOJ, UWI host Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change on Caribbean visit
The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the University of the West Indies are this wee ... Read More

Oil spill in Kingston Harbour

Saturday, November 26, 2016    

A ship docked at Kingston Wharves on the Kingston Harbour

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was yesterday investigating a report of an oil spill in the Kingston Harbour which occurred Thursday afternoon. The agency said a preliminary report indicated that the spill took place in the vicinity of Gordon Cay. “The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is currently coordinating the clean-up and containment activities being undertaken by the Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard,” NEPA said in a release. It ... Read More

Caribbean countries get financial help to fight climate change

Thursday, November 24, 2016    

BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or 5Cs) has launched a multimillion-dollar climate change adaptation programme (CCAP) which it said will boost climate-resilient development and reduce climate change induced-risks to human and natural assets in 10 Caribbean countries. The four-year US$25.6-million CCAP project was launched in collaboration with the United States Agency for International Development for the Eastern and Southern Car ... Read More

JetBlue airs onboard video

Wednesday, November 23, 2016    

Under the current law of St Vincent and the Grenadines, sea turtles are protected species in St Vincent, with the open season running from August 1 to February 28.

NEW YORK, USA — The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance are educating travellers about how to “buy informed” and travel smart to the Caribbean. The agencies have partnered with JetBlue to air a short film on all flights informing customers of the role they play in protecting Caribbean wildlife and preserving the region’s beauty. The video, featuring local Caribbean conservation heroes, will arm travellers with the right questions to ask w ... Read More

Jamaica intends to ratify the conditions of the Paris Agreement — Mahlung

Wednesday, November 23, 2016    

Clifford Mahlung, project administrator and senior climate change negotiator in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, explains that instead of coal fire for energy, liquified natural gas (LNG) should be considered.

Jamaica intends to ratify the conditions of the Paris Agreement by the end of this financial year, according to Clifford Mahlung, project administrator and Senior Climate Change negotiator in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. That will make it the ninth Caribbean country to make the move since signing the Agreement in April this year. “When we deposit the instruments at the United Nations in New York, it takes 30 days before we become a p ... Read More

PM: Jamaica committed to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Saturday, November 19, 2016    

HOLNESS ... wants Jamaicans in Diaspora to develop common-wealth of Jamaica

PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has affirmed the country’s commitment to halt, and even reverse the adverse effects on climate change, showing Jamaica’s firm support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Speaking at the 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, underway in Marrakech, Morroco, Prime Minister Holness said the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on November 4, 2016 an ... Read More

Scientists monitoring changes at Dominica’s Boiling Lake

Saturday, November 19, 2016    

(Photo: CMC)

ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Visitors to the Boiling Lake, a volcano-hydrothermal feature located in the southern end of the island, have been urged to avoid visiting the area due to a change in water levels. The warning was issued by Office of Disaster Management and the Trinidad and Tobago-based Seismic Research Centre of the University of The West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus. It’s reported that water levels have been changing in recent days, a phenomenon that has occurred seve ... Read More

Antigua calls for immediate intervention on climate change with Trump

Friday, November 18, 2016    

BROWNE... we have always taken the position that we reserve the right to call off the referendum

MARRAKECH, Morocco (CMC) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming US administration on climate change. “If the United States wavers in its current leadership on climate change, or if it withdraws from its commitments, a chain reaction will be triggered that will leave the Agreement in tatters, and the world in peril,” said Browne, in addressing the me ... Read More

Jamaica House to go solar

Thursday, November 17, 2016    

SOROTI, Uganda — In this photo taken Thursday, June 30, 2016, Ugandan engineers fix solar panels at a solar plant about 300 kilometres east of the Uganda capital Kampala. (File Photo: AP)

MARRAKECH, Morocco — As representatives of the world’s nations gather at the COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, island states are standing out for their impressive commitments to fighting climate change. Yesterday, in keeping with its promise to transition to 30 per cent renewable energy for electricity generation by 2030, the Government of Jamaica announced its joining of the Solar Head of State coalition to install a solar photovoltaic (PV) system on the national exe ... Read More

New irrigation technology for farmers

Wednesday, November 16, 2016    

A Pessl-Yara water solution attached to an olive leaf.

BOLOGNA, Italy — With increased water scarcity and agriculture consuming 70 per cent of global freshwater resources, demand is surging for new agricultural solutions. Yara International ASA (Yara) and Pessl Instruments have devised one — a combination of their technologies which continuously measure changes in turgor pressure in the leaf and irrigate accordingly. Turgor pressure is the pressure caused by fluid pushing against the cell wall of plant cells. It boosts the plant&rsqu ... Read More

Ban hails ‘new dawn of cooperation on climate change’, urges action on Paris accord

Wednesday, November 16, 2016    

UN secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses the opening of the High-Level Segment of the 22nd Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in Marrakech, Morocco. (Photo: OSSG)

MARRAKECH, Morocco – Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders yesterday showed strong support for the implementation of the agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The conference, referred to as COP22, runs until Friday. “Countries have strongly supported the Agreement because they realise their own national interest ... Read More



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