Environment

6 countries produce nearly 60% of world's CO2 emissions

GREVENBROICH, Western Germany – In this April 3, 2014 file photo, machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a smoking power
plant near the city. Six countries produce nearly 60 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths.
(PHOTO: AP)

WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Six countries produce nearly 60 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. China and the United States combine for more than two-fifths. How they rank, what they're doing: 1 CHINA It emits nearly twice the amount of greenhouse gases as the United States. China accou ... Read More

Ban Ki-Moon Caricom 'heartened' by UN's call for climate financing
LIMA, Peru (CMC) — The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) says it is "heartened" by the c ... Read More

The disease prevents the flow of nutrients, resulting in loss of leaves, deformation and early drop of fruits and eventual death of
the tree. Dominica workshop to examine citrus greening in Caribbean
ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica will host a three-day regional conference on the Haunglong ... Read More

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Government launches first recyling plant in St Mary

Monday, December 08, 2014    

The recycling plant in Trinity, St Mary, which was officially launched on December 4, by minister with responsibility for housing, Dr Morais Guy. The plant is one of
three to be set up in the island by Recycling Partners of Jamaica, a private/public sector group.

THE Government has launched its first recycling project, which is seeking to recover some 4,690 tonnes of PET material (plastic bottles), and the creation of employment for over 3,000 persons over the next three years. Minister with responsibility for housing, and member of Parliament for Central St Mary Dr Morais Guy, said the project is an environment protection initiative, playing an integral role in the development of communities, in an environmentally and ecologically sound manner. "This ... Read More

A home and two trees

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobsever.com | Wednesday, December 03, 2014    

PEACEMAKER COMMUNITY REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT: FFP housing beneficiary Myco Lee is all smiles as he joins a donor from the United

FOOD for the Poor (FFP) has been building houses and schools for needy families and organisations for much of the last decade. As of next year, it will be adding a layer of sustainability to that effort by including two fruit trees with each building it hands over. In a recent interview with the Jamaica Observer, Selena Ledgister-Kellier, Agriculture and Fishing Manager at FFP Jamaica, explained that the new direction is an extension of a fruit tree distribution project the charity organisation ... Read More

'Cautiously optimistic'

Wednesday, December 03, 2014    

Delegates attend the opening ceremony of the Climate Change
Conference in Lima on Monday.

THE annual world climate change talks opened here Monday with Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cautiously optimistic that developed countries will commit to the type of financing that poor, vulnerable nations like theirs need to adapt to climate change. The summit brings together representatives from 194 countries to negotiate over the next 12 days the legally binding text that will become next year's Paris Protocol. The 20th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the 10th s ... Read More

Leave The Trees!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

LEAVE
THE
TREES!

A father and son were sentenced to replant and maintain just over 900 trees after both men were caught cutting and attempting to remove the young plants from privately owned lands that have been declared as a forest management area. They are the first offenders to be prosecuted under the Forest Act for offences committed on a privately owned holding. Henry and Norman Taylor were fined $10,000 when the matter was heard in the Linstead Resident Magistrate's Court in St Catherine on November 19, ... Read More

Non-payers push up oil bill

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Environment Watch writer | Wednesday, November 26, 2014    

Kelly Tomblin (left), president and CEO, Jamaica Public Service, answering questions of
residents from the community of Majesty Gardens after her presentation on November 12.
(PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JPS)

KELLY Tomblin, president and CEO, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS), believes Jamaicans who steal electricity make reducing the high oil import cost difficult to achieve. According to Tomblin, during her address at a workshop hosted on November 12 by the Environmental Health Foundation (EHF) in Majesty Gardens under the theme 'Energy Efficiency, Regularisation, Energy Consumption and Safety', those who do not pay for electricity generally disregard the prescribed methods -- reiterate ... Read More

'Hunger Games' tops US chart with $123 million on opening weekend

Sunday, November 23, 2014 12:31 PM    

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, according to studio estimates. "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1" scored the year's biggest US opening and added a further $152 million at overseas box offices for a global tally of $275 million. Walt Disney's animated action film "Big Hero 6" was second, with ticket sales of $20.1 million ... Read More

New website gives data on new developments, environment impact

Friday, November 21, 2014    

A page from the Development Alert! website, launched last night at the Terra
Nova Hotel in Kingston.

JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environmental impact, following the launch last night of a new interactive website -- Development Alert! -- created by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), World Resources Institute, and the Access Initiative, with support from software developers Blue Raster of the United States. The website uses an interactive GIS map of Jamaica to provide easy-to-understand information about recently approved or prop ... Read More

Continue to conserve water, Pickersgill

Friday, November 21, 2014    

PICKERSGILL… every effort is
being made to reduce or
eliminate non-revenue water

Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is urging Jamaicans to continue to conserve on their use of water and to protect the water resources close to their communities. The minister's appeal comes as a result of projections by the Meteorological Service that drought conditions could continue into March 2015. Addressing a land titling ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St Catherine yesterday Pickersgill said although there has ... Read More

Bacteria-killing bacteria creates 95 per cent pure wastewater

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

This November 14, 2014 photo shows large troughs that aerate the sewage allowing bacteria to grow as it consumes waste from
the waters at the wastewater treatment facility in Greenville, Mississippi.

Greenville's Wastewater Treatment Plant comprises a sprawling network of pipes, above and below ground. There is also a series of tanks that filter, separate and chemically treat sewage before discharging the largely purified water into the river. "We're fortunate to have the largest discharge stream in the country, and that's the Mississippi River," said Greenville Public Works Director Brad Jones, who oversees the treatment plant. The plant treats, on average, up to 10 million gallons of was ... Read More

JET kicks off Clean Coasts Project

Wednesday, November 12, 2014    

A diver collects garbage from
the Negril seafloor. The diver is
participating in a series of
underwater clean-ups funded by
the Tourism Enhancement Fund,
and executed by the Jamaica
Environment Trust as part of the
Clean Coasts Project.

PLUNGING to depths of up to 60 feet and as far offshore as 500 metres, members of the Jamaica Environment Trust's (JET's) marine conservation team have been harvesting refuse from the seafloor in two tourist locations in its latest undertaking - the Clean Coasts Project. JET said the divers spent an average of six hours per day over a two-day period in October scouring sites along both the Negril and Ocho Rios coastlines, removing things like engine blocks, an industrial cylinder, clothing, tow ... Read More



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