Environment

'Refuse' Cay

Plastics and
styrofoam boxes
and cups clog the
mangroves’ root
structure.

THE scene at Refuge Cay, some 1.5 miles off the Kingston waterfront, paints the sordid picture of Jamaica's love affair with improper garbage disposal. In the intricate root structure of the red mangroves that cover the cay, a wide assortment of garbage remains trapped — old refrigerators, cl ... Read More

Small Island Developing States Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab
JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous sum ... Read More

Plastic bottles washed ashore a property adjacent to Norman Manley International Airport.
(PHOTOS: KIMONE THOMPSON) 'Jamaica is drowning in a sea of plastics’
JOURNALISTS and development partners of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) last Thursday saw what p ... Read More

A worker uses an electric screwdriver to dismantle a printer for recycling. (PHOTOS: AP) Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste
MACHAKOS, Kenya — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and ... Read More

PHOTO: OVERLOADED!

Friday, August 22, 2014    

OVERLOADED!

This man was spotted in Richmond Park, Kingston, on Wednesday carrying bags with plastic bottles for recycling. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Read More

ODPEM, CDEMA discuss ways to integrate climate risk into disaster risk management

Friday, August 15, 2014    

Richard Thompson, acting director general of the Office of Disaster
Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), address the workshop,
Wednesday. (PHOTO: TYRONE SIMMS)

THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on Wednesday convened the first of a two-day Climate Smarting workshop intended to incorporate climate risk considerations into national disaster risk management planning. The workshop, which focuses on enhancing Jamaica's Country Work Programme, intends to highlight existing development challenges, vulnerabilities and future risks especially with ... Read More

Coastal clean-up registration deadlines approach

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Volunteers from a Sandals resort
lug bags of debris on International
Coastal Cleanup Day 2013.

IF you plan to host a river or beach clean-up activity on International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), you have until this Friday, August 15 to register as a site coordinator with the national coordinator of the global event -- Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). ICC is observed in September each year and is the brainchild of Ocean Conservancy. This year it will fall on September 20. According to information from JET, a total of 648,015 volunteers in 92 countries picked up more than 12.3 million po ... Read More

Did you know that...

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

NAIROBI, Kenya — In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file
photo, a keeper feeds a baby orphaned elephant with milk
from a bottle, at an event to commemorate World
Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Elephant Orphanage. (PHOTO: AP/BEN CURTIS)

* Yesterday, August 12 was observed as World Elephant Day? * There are two species of elephants — African and Asian — and while they are similar in physiology, they are too biologically different to interbreed? * Recent scientific findings suggest that the forest-dwelling African elephant is a genetically distinct species, which would make it a third elephant species? * The Asian elephant is endangered, with less than 40,000 remaining worldwide? * The African elephant (Fore ... Read More

Mozambique works to break vicious cycle of environmental degradation and poverty

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

This area of the Zambezia coast, once
lined with coconut trees, now stands
bare. (PHOTO: UNDP-UNEP PEI)

THE coconut trees along the coastline of Zambezia -- a province in northern Mozambique, located on the south eastern end of the African continent — provide livelihood opportunities for local communities and an estimated 1.7 million people. But since 2003, as many as one million coconut trees have been lost due to a lethal disease. At the present rate of spread, more than 50 per cent of the coconut area is likely to be lost over the next few years. The loss of this vital resource has crea ... Read More

62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of
the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the
charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR)

Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR) Read More

PHOTO: Early to bed, early to rise

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

Early to bed,
early to rise

Egrets bed down for the night in a clump of mangroves that line the South Negril River. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Early to bed, early to rise --> Read More

C'bbean gov'ts buy excess rainfall insurance

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced on Monday that eight of its members have purchased excess rainfall insurance coverage for the 2014/2015 policy year. The countires — Anguilla, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Saint Lucia — are the first of the 16-member group to have made the step. All members have had CCRIF hurricane and/or earthquake policies sinc ... Read More

Even a baby can cross it

BY KARYL WALKER Editor - Crime/Court Desk walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 03, 2014    

The once-raging Wag Water River has been reduced to a mere trickle.

IN June 2011, Clifton 'Cliff Twang' Brown shot to fame after he gave a Television Jamaica interview at a ford when the Yallahs River was in spate, saying 'Nobody canna cross it'. Last week, when the Jamaica Observer visited the same ford linking Mavis Bank to Roberts Field in East Rural St Andrew, even a baby could cross the Yallahs River. The Yallahs River, one of five which supply the Corporate Area with water, has been reduced to a mere trickle. Huge rocks and shrubs were seen in the usual ... Read More

Experts meet to discuss anti-pollution strategies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Participants from the seventh steering committee meeting of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre for the Wider Caribbean for
the Oil Spills Protocol, in Curacao in May. (PHOTO: COURTESY UNEP CEP)

IT is no secret that over 80 per cent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted by land-based sources and activities such as deforestation, untreated wastewater, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste, and litter. This affects livelihoods, people's health, island economies, and ecosystems. To address these problems, pollution experts from across the region recently met and recommended a raft of measures which they hope will stem the tide of pollution. The recommendations put forward by the United ... Read More



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