Scientists to stanardise coral reef monitoring

The Port Royal Marine Lab is home this week to conservationists from across the region who will be learning how to assess the socio-economic value of their work with a view to getting more buy-in from stakeholder groups, governments, and the public in... Read More

Barbuda Warblers survived Irma
Fears among Caribbean bird conservationists that the Barbuda Warbler, a Near-Threatened species endemic to the tiny island of the same name, did not survive the ravages of Hurricane Irma have been allayed with the recording of eight of the grey-and-yellow birds.... Read More

Trees protect against STORMS
Annual tree-planting exercises in Jamaica this weekend will take on added significance against the background of the widespread damage wrought by category five hurricanes Irma and Maria in several Caribbean countries over the past few weeks.... Read More

Dogs in Navi Mumbai are Dogs in Navi Mumbai are turning blue
A number of very unusual-looking blue dogs have been spotted in Navi Mumbai, India. Sadly, the cause is industrial waste in the Kasadi river where stray dogs often wade. According to the Hindustan Times:... Read More

Today's trees, tomorrow's future

Wednesday, September, 27 2017    

National Tree Planting Day will be observed on Friday, October 6. Under the theme, 'Today's Trees, Tomorrow's Future', the Forestry Department is urging Jamaicans to take decisive steps to secure a healthy and environmentally safe future for Jamaica by planting more... Read More


Wednesday, September, 27 2017    

Volunteers in action at the beach clean-up project at Hellshire Bay Beach on International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day, September 16, 2017. This project, led by the Urban Development Corporation, saw over 1,500 mostly young volunteers participating to clear debris from the beach and capture data... Read More

Public sector energy champion competition deadline extended

Wednesday, September, 27 2017    

The registration deadline for the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP) Energy Champion Competition has been extended to September 30. Read More

JPS and USAID host electric vehicle seminar

Wednesday, September, 27 2017    

Electric vehicles have significant potential to lower transport costs for consumers and businesses, while lowering greenhouse gas emissions, improving local air quality and stimulating economic growth and sustainability. As such, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) and the... Read More

Sandals Foundation's makes CLEAN SWEEP AT ICC 2017

Wednesday, September, 20 2017    

For the sixth-straight year Sandals Foundation organised several clean-up events on International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day on September 16. Over 420 volunteers turned out at the nine beach and 10 underwater clean-up sites in the islands of Jamaica, the Bahamas,... Read More

Jamaica Conservation Partners donates US$110,000 to enviro causes

Wednesday, September, 20 2017    

Jamaica Conservation Partners (JCP) yesterday made its first donation of US$110,000 to three charities: Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT), and White River Fish Sanctuary (WRFS). Read More

NEPA secures 6 convictions for breaches of Beach Control Act

Wednesday, September, 20 2017    

National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has secured six convictions totalling $900,000 in fines through the courts in its drive to clamp down on breaches of Jamaica's environmental and planning laws. Read More

Irma's size, intensity pushed by rising temps

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September, 13 2017    

Spanning over 220,000 square miles, and lasting 14 days, almost four of which were spent at Category five, Hurricane Irma is the biggest storm ever recorded, and while climate scientists aren't yet able to say definitively how much of its track and development was as a... Read More

Hurricane-hit islands are 'living consequences of climate change'

Friday, September, 8 2017    

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) — Island nations devastated by Hurricane Irma are “living the consequences of climate change”, said the prime minister of the two-island nation of Barbuda and Antigua yesterday. Read More

Stay out of the water!

Wednesday, September, 6 2017    

Harvey's filthy floodwaters pose significant dangers to human safety and the environment, even after water levels drop far enough that Southeast Texas residents no longer fear for their lives, according to experts. Read More

Excessive seaweed poses no threat to environment, says NEPA

Friday, September, 1 2017    

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says brown seaweed being washed ashore the island's coasts is a natural phenomenon and poses no threat to the environment or human life. Read More


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