Environment

Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects

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.
(PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

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 th ... Read More

Only natural lighting is used at Anse
Chastanet during the day. (PHOTO
COURTESY OF ANSE CHASTANET) St Lucian resorts switch to LED for Earth Day
SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts are marking Earth Day by switching ... Read More

A majestic Banyan tree
with aerial roots at Kings
House, Kingston. (PHOTO:
BRYAN CUMMINGS) How do I celebrate Earth Day?
THE first thing that probably comes to mind is planting trees. This is an excellent way to celebrate ... Read More

BAN... this year, the
world aims to finalise
the post-2015
sustainable
development agenda
and reach a new and
meaningful universal
climate change
agreement #MotherEarthDay
THE word 'mother' holds great power. It evokes memories of the women who gave us life, nurtured us ... 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

Use PetroCaribe, green energy bonds to pay for renewables

David COOKE | Friday, April 17, 2015    

Use PetroCaribe, green energy
bonds to pay for renewables

HOW do we raise the US$2,800 million to finance the all-renewables initiative? First up, let's jump-start the transformation by raising the critical loan amount necessary to replace JPS' "always-on" (base-load) generation of some 350 MW. This replacement translates to a combination of 350 MW in total of wind -- of which we already have some 30 MW from the Wigton wind farm and others -- plus 350 MW of new solar. So new installations totaling some 650 MW is the first objective, for which we need ... Read More

NEPA snubbed?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

NEPA CEO Peter Knight (left) greets environment minister
Robert Pickersgill at the launch of the watershed project on
Monday. (PHOTO: KIMONE THOMPSON)

CHIEF government planner Peter Knight expressed disappointment Monday that only one political representative attended an intensive workshop in preparation for a project designed to, among other things, teach small farmers how to farm without causing damage to rivers and forests. The project — called the Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas -- is a collaboration by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) an ... Read More

Water security in 5 years?

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

Yallahs River
(PHOTO COURTESY OF NEPA)

WATER supply for the 660,000-plus people in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, served in part by Hope River in St Andrew and Yallahs River in St Thomas, should improve incrementally over the next five years. The two rivers provide 42 per cent of the water for the region, but not unlike several of the country's 26 watersheds, they are in a state of severe degradation and if left unchecked, could result in more severe water restrictions than were experienced during last year's long dry spell. In a ... Read More

What is a watershed?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

What is a watershed?

A watershed, sometimes called a catchment area, is an area of land which collects water -- from rain, snow or other types of precipitation — stores it and releases it into the same waterway, be it a stream, lake, wetland or aquifer, and eventually the sea. Watersheds supply drinking water. Because water is a solvent and carries with it anything in the soil with which it makes contact, nearby forests, agricultural holdings and human settlements affect watersheds. What we do on the land af ... Read More

Land of wood and water, again

DAVID COOKE | Wednesday, April 15, 2015    

Are there other major problems that could be overcome simultaneously? Yes, drought and a lack of sufficient drinking water for our major residential centres could be solved. But allow no distractions from losing even a day in speedily implementing the energy transformation to all-renewables! Remember, 'Keep it simple, stupid!' is always the most effective approach to achieving actual results. Stifle talk shops. After "all-renewables" have been implemented, then consider the following drought ... Read More

Solar panel prices down 80 per cent

David Cooke | Wednesday, April 08, 2015    

The speed of implementation of solar-PV projects surpasses all
other competing power technologies, bar none. (Inset) David Cooke.

WHY solar? The simple answer: solar-photovoltaic (solar-PV) is now the least expensive way of providing electricity for your home or business. It's cheaper than the fossil-fuel based energy supplied by Jamaica Public Service (JPS), cheaper than coal or natural gas, even cheaper than hydro or nuclear or small wind turbines. It is also convenient as it eliminates all possibilities of power cuts if you also incorporate storage and/or your small home "gen-set" -- Honda generators or the like. But ... Read More

bottle to pen

Wednesday, April 08, 2015    

Black ballpoint (PHOTO: COURTESY OF PILOT)

CAN you write with a bottle? If you have one of Pilot's range of ball point, gel, and soda pens made from used water bottles, you can. Pilot Corporation of America has, since Earth Day, April 22, 2012, been manufacturing and distributing its Bottle 2 Pen (B2P) products, helping to alleviate what is arguably one of the world's biggest polluters -- non-biodegradable plastics. The move towards recycled pens follows its sister company Pilot Corporation of Europe, which up to yesterday had recyc ... Read More

Spoiled 'sprat' for sale?

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

Anchovies dot the water canal that runs behind sections of Westchester, Garveymeade and
Bridgeview and empties into the Dawkins Pond behind the MegaMart store before going out to sea.

PEOPLE reportedly harvested some of the dead fish that floated up in the Dawkins Pond canal in Portmore on Monday evening, apparently intending to offer them for sale. Residents of Washington Mews, one of the communities through which the canal flows, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that as soon as the kill started surfacing, people scooped up it up by the bucket load. "Di 'mount a people mi see wey ketch fish yessidey (Monday)!" one woman said. "Yuh waan see dem use bucket ah take up di ... Read More

NEPA warns Appleton

Wednesday, April 01, 2015    

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) logo

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said in a media release yesterday that it has served Wray and Nephew Limited, operators of Appleton Estate, with a warning for discharging "high-strength trade effluent" into the North Elim River, St Elizabeth. The effluent is dunder, a yeast-rich by-product of rum distillation. It can be used in subsequent fermentations, and can be used as fertiliser, but can prove deadly to marine animals. Since dunder is a by-product, NEPA does allow disti ... Read More



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