Sweet reaping

(From left) Kim Mair, CEO, Joan Duncan Foundation; Mark Jones, teacher of agriculture at Papine High School; and Audrey Deer-Williams, one of the foundation’s directors harvest sweet peppers from the school’s greenhouse, which was funded by the foundation and Food for the Poor.Photo: Aston Spaulding

Papine High School’s agriculture programme got a well-needed boost earlier this month when the Joan Duncan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of JMMB Group, and Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica partnered on a greenhouse valued at approximately $1 million dollars which will train the students in ... Read More

The wind farm at Wigton, in St Elizabeth How much renewable energy can JPS absorb?
Last week, we discussed the Office of Utilities Regulation’s acceptance of the bid by Eight Ri ... Read More

Eight Rivers Energy Company will sell solar-generated electricty to the national grid for 8.54 US cents per kWh. Bright days ahead for JA’s electricity prices
I applaud Eight Rivers Energy Company (EREC) on winning the bid for the Jamaican Government’s ... Read More

NASHVILLE, Tennessee - Pipes carry water into and out of a rock quarry as part of a geothermal lake cooling system at the Nashville International AirportPhoto: AP Old quarry saves airport US$430,000 a year
TENNESSEE, USA (AP) — An abandoned rock quarry near a runway at Nashville International Airpor ... Read More

Avoid, Intercept, Redesign

Wednesday, May 18, 2016    

Grenada flag

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) — The Grenada Government has signed an agreement with international environmental group Parley for the Oceans to support a pilot project that will intercept plastic waste before it reaches the landfill. The project is called Avoid, Intercept, Redesign. Fisheries Minister Roland Bhola said Parley runs a Remote Island Interception programme to help coastal communities avoid unnecessary plastic, intercept and recycle existing waste, and drive the eco innova ... Read More

WHO study points to rising levels of air pollution in many of the world’s poorest cities

Thursday, May 12, 2016    

This March 18, 2016 photo shows Mexico City covered in smog a day after a pollution alert was lifted. Mexico City authorities declared a pollution alert on Monday after smog rose to 1½ times acceptable limits for the second time in less than a month.Photo: AP

GENEVA, Switzerland — More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organisation (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. According to the latest urban air quality database, 98 per cent of cities in low- and middle-income countries with more than 100,000 inhabitants do not meet WHO air quality guidelines. However, in ... Read More

Emma’s plastic bottle dress

Wednesday, May 11, 2016    

Emma Watson’s five-piece ensemble by Calvin Klein included fabrics made out of organic cotton and plastic bottles.Photo: AFP

Actress and activist Emma Watson turned heads at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit last week, wearing a five-piece outfit made of 100 per cent post-consumer plastic bottles, organic silk and organic cotton. The black and white Calvin Klein design featured a pair of trousers , a full skirt, a fitted bodice and off-the-shoulder sleeves. But she wasn’t the only one to incorporate green elements into her outfit. As the Telegraph reports, Calvin Klein collaborated with ... Read More

Replace parrot with lion

Wednesday, May 11, 2016    

Pan-style lionfish

In the past few years, conservationists have been working to have Caribbean peoples swap out the popular parrotfish on their menus for lionfish, arguing that there is an overabundance of the latter, while the brightly coloured sand-producing parrotfish is on the decline. They argue, too, that lionfish can be prepared in all the styles parrotfish is traditionally done — steamed, escoveitched, roasted, and fried. One of the proposals was to impose a ban on parrotfish or to implement season ... Read More

Student recyclers

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Cadin-Reece James displays planters made from used PET bottles at his Go Green Growers booth.Photo: Reach Academy

The campus of Reach Academy in the Barbican area of St Andrew was transformed into a recycler’s market last Friday, with students from grades 4-6 mounting exhibits and selling products they made from recycled materials, primarily plastic bottles and used tyres. Items on display included self-watering planters, saving pans, vases, a garbage bin, bird houses, wind chimes, jewellery, and toys. It was the school’s fourth annual science, held in observance of Earth Day, celebrated glob ... Read More

Four ways for the Paris Agreement to come into effect

Wednesday, May 04, 2016    

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Senator Kamina Johnson Smith (centre) signs the Paris Agreement on Climate Change yesterday at the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York last week exceeded all expectations. A record-breaking 175 Parties (174 countries plus the European Union) signed on, and a further 15 countries also deposited their “instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval”, making them the first 15 Parties to officially join the Paris Agreement. Pacific and Caribbean Islands led the charge, with Barbados, Belize, Fiji, Grenada, the Maldives, the Marshall Islands, Ma ... Read More

NRCA ready to promote reduction in plastics, styrofoam use

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Styrofoam, a non-biodegradable material, is used to make food containers like this lunch box. Photo: Joseph Wellington

THE Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA)is preparing to start dialogue with manufacturers of non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam products to discuss plans to stop their production locally, and replace them with environmentally friendly options. The new board of the NRCA, led by Danville Walker, met earlier this week to discuss the challenges presented by the unregulated use of non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam and the impact on the land and marine environments. The meet ... Read More

Forestry Department facilitates planting of 2,000 trees

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

JMMB’s Taneka Lawrence (left), is assisted by Portmore residents Nardian Fraser (centre) and Tanikque Bird to plant a neem tree, which is thought to have mosquito and other insect repellant properties, as part of JMMB’s Earth Day campaign, last Saturday. JMMB in partnership with the Forestry Department, Portmore Municipal Council and residents planted over 100 neem trees on the occasion.

The Forestry Department is reporting that, along with several partners, it saw to the planting of more than 2,000 trees across the island in observance of Earth Day last Friday. The projects, it said, involved public and private sector companies, schools and non-governmental organisations, and started as early as last Tuesday, with some continuing into this week. CEO & Conservator of Forests Marilyn Headley says the agency, which supplied all the trees, is pleased with the interest among t ... Read More

Sandals plants 1,500 trees across Caribbean

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Sandals Foundation volunteers from the Ocho Rios region, along with members of the Forestry Department, preparing to plant a number of trees in the Bogue section of the Dunn’s River watershed.

Fifteen hundred trees in six countries. That was the goal that Sandals Foundation and its partners met on Earth Day, last Friday. Seedlings were planted in Antigua, the Bahamas, Barbados, St Lucia, the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI), and in Jamaica, where 900 trees were planted across Bogue in St Ann; Bog in Westmoreland and Burnt Ground in Hanover. Environmental officer for the foundation Jonathan Hernould said the dedication of the volunteers was nothing short of inspiring. “It ... Read More

Terrariums for Earth

Wednesday, April 27, 2016    

Lasco’s public relations officer Sachelle Gooden (left) and brand manager Nicole Masters (right) accept the Earth Day presentation from the <InfoBold>Observer</InfoBold>’s environment editor Kimone Thompson.Photo: Collin Green

The Jamaica Observer continued with its Earth Day awards to some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients yesterday, gifting Lasco Distributors, Island Grill, and Courts Jamaica with terrariums — gardens of, in this case, succulents and cacti, in glass jars. Earth Day was observed globally last Friday under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. Read More



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