Stable climate key— IDB

Therese Turner-Jones, Country Representative of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Jamaica
with Luther Buchanan, Minister of State for Agriculture, Labour & Social Security greet each other inside
the IDB booth at the Harvest the Future International Symposium at the Hilton, Montego Bay.

THE Inter-Americanç(IDB) has listed a stable climate, natural pollination, good soils, moisture, and other features of the natural environment as key elements of a successful agricultural sector, sustainable growth and poverty reduction. But these can only be achieved "if economic activities ... Read More

Little Bay All-age is cleanest school
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Little Bay All-Age School, in Westmoreland, emerged overall champions ... Read More

According the the IRENA
official, shifting from diesel
to renewables for power
generation will yield major
cost savings for Caribbean
territories. C'bbean poised to be next hotbed for renewables, says IRENA official
FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (CMC) — A senior official of the International Renewable Energy Age ... Read More

In this Wednesday, November 27, 2013 file photo, Pope Francis
tries to keep himself warm as he attends his weekly general
audience in St Peter’s Square at the Vatican. (PHOTO: AP) Pope challenges world to clean up its filth
VATICAN CITY, Rome (AP) — Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central mo ... Read More

Environmentally smart

Wednesday, June 24, 2015    

Husband and wife Andre and Stephanie Sewell receive their gift of organic products courtesy of Irie Rock, and a reusable shopping bag courtesy of the Jamaica Observer from the newspaper's Associate Editor — Features Kimone Thompson at the mediahouse's Beechwood Avenue home on Monday. The Sewells were the Kingston winners of the newspaper’s Enviro Smart promotion, which invited readers to tell us about projects they undertake at home to preserve the environment. The Sewells ... Read More

Fish with human teeth

Wednesday, June 24, 2015    

Fish with

The pacu, a rare fish usually found in the Amazon River in South America, was recently fished out of a New Jersey lake. The pacu is often confused with another Amazon River dweller, the piranha. A similar catch was made in Russia last year. Experts said then that the fish was a "herbivore piranha, not one of the meat eating ones you see in films". They said the fish could not have made its way from its natural tropical waters to the Arctic, and assumed it was dumped by an owner of exotic fish. ... Read More

JET to award schools on environmental initiatives Tuesday

Monday, June 22, 2015    

Dionne Jackson Miller

The event kicks off at the Knutsford Court Hotel with an exhibition of environmental work from the top performing SEP schools. The SEP is currently delivered in 31 schools across the island. In early June representatives from the environmental education community traversed the island judging 12 of the top performing SEP schools, each of which was assessed on the four SEP focus areas of greening, solid-waste management, environmental research and the strength of its environmental club. Judges ... Read More

Two degrees too much

Wednesday, June 17, 2015    

(L) TAYLOR... two is also less
than four. But two may be too
(R) DALEY... those who contribute
more to climate change
should have more

RECOMMENDATIONS are for developed countries to limit rising global temperatures to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the rest of the century, but Jamaica has a more ambitious target. "Jamaica maintains that 1.5 per cent should be the goal... We are convinced that two degrees is too high for us. That position has also been taken at Caricom and AOSIS (Alliance of Small Island States)," principal director in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment ... Read More

Our beaches are growing

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, June 10, 2015    

The width of the beach in Negril has grown by 19.1 per cent. (PHOTO: MARY VEIRA)

BEACHES around the island grew by an average six per cent last year, according to government research which profiled 35 sites in six parishes and compared the figures to those recorded for 2013. The sites included 15 beaches in Negril, the resort town on the western end of the island which is at the centre of the standoff between Government and stakeholder groups over plans to build a breakwater there. The beach grew by 19.1 per cent, moving from 27.1 metres in 2013 to 32.3 metres in 2014. Tho ... Read More

Healthy ocean, healthy planet

Wednesday, June 10, 2015    

Sandals Foundation volunteers and guests from Sandals Barbados join students at Christ Church Girls Primary school for a photo following the World Ocean's day activity.

IN observance of World Oceans Day — Monday, June 8 — Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, took the message of ocean preservation to some 600 students across 12 schools in the territories in which it operates in the Caribbean. The sessions focused on the various ways mankind uses or benefits from the ocean, the practices or phenomena that threaten it, and what can be done to protect it. Among the Jamaican schools that participated were Jones To ... Read More

500 lbs of good

Wednesday, June 10, 2015    

500 lbs of good

Members of staff from the National Environment and Planning Agency sift through and bag solid waste at Little Plumb Point, Port Royal World Oceans Day. Deleen Powell (left), Public Relations Officer at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and Architect/Planner Winston Quest weigh a bag containing solid waste collected from Little Plumb Point during a clean-up staged by the agency in observance of World Oceans Day, June 8. The NEPA removed more than 500 pounds of solid waste from ... Read More

TEF's $250-million beach upgrade

Friday, June 05, 2015    


THE Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) will be financing the development of 14 beaches across the island as part of its National Beach Development Programme. Valued at an estimated $250 million, the project is aimed at equipping public beaches with children play areas, seating with tables, picnic areas, gazebos, restrooms, changing rooms, adequate parking, lifeguard towers, and utilities, inclusive of running water and electricity. "This programme will involve the upgrading and upkeep of at least ... Read More

Maritime Institute unveils upgraded simulators

Friday, June 05, 2015    

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip
Paulwell (right), along with Chairman of the Universal Service
Fund Bishop Dr Wellesley Blair (left), and Chief Executive Officer
of the USF, Hugh Cross, examine features of the solar energy
system which was commissioned into service at the Caribbean
Maritime Institute in Kingston on Tuesday. (PHOTO: JIS)

THE Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded suite of training simulators which will be run on alternative energy. The 125-kilowatt solar energy system will provide support for the special simulators, 60 computers and communication infrastructure, and will meet 20 per cent of the institute's power needs. The project was undertaken at a cost of $162 million, $135 million of which was sourced from the Universal Service Fund (USF). CMI is the only institution in the Car ... Read More

# WED 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015    

Environment and climate change minister Robert Pickersgill (right) headed the delegation of
government representatives who attended St Stephen’s United Church in Cross Roads on Sunday
for the launch of National Environment Week. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF NEPA)

Environment and climate change minister Robert Pickersgill (right) headlined the number of government representatives who attended St Stephen's United Church in Cross Roads on Sunday for the launch of National Environment Week. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF NEPA)   Students of Mount Airy Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland write individual pledges to protect the environment on a tree set up by Sandals, Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril. Several students also participated in a post card compe ... Read More



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