Resilient islands

Wednesday, April, 11 2018    

Following one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history, environment groups are launching a four-year initiative to show Caribbean islands how to use nature to protect coastal communities from flooding, storm surges, hurricanes and other disasters... Read More

Greenpeace leaves SUSTAINABLE WOOD certification group

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace is withdrawing from the main global group for certifying sustainable wood, saying the organisation it helped found more than two decades ago is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation. Read More

New Mexico forest manager planning prescribed fire in April

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

TAOS, NM (AP) — Forest officials in northern New Mexico are planning a prescribed burn in April that will cover nearly 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares). Read More

World's top cocoa producers fight to protect forests

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

MONT PEKO NATIONAL PARK, Ivory Coast (AP) — Park rangers in the world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast, are waging a campaign to protect national forests from the illegal farming of the raw ingredient in chocolate. Read More

We're losing money because we treat the environment poorly — PIOJ

Wednesday, March, 28 2018    

The director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica has painted a grim picture of the state of the island's physical environment and has argued that poor environmental practices are to be blamed for much of the economic losses the country has sustained over the... Read More

Too much water going down the toilet

Wednesday, March, 28 2018    

JN Foundation is teaming up with two multinational organisations to have Jamaicans install low-flush toilets as a means of saving water to improve the country's resilience to climate change events. Read More

Sandals guests take on fight against invasive lionfish Sandals guests take on fight against invasive lionfish

Wednesday, March, 21 2018    

If you're a guest at any of the Sandals or Beaches resorts in the Caribbean, you could get the chance to participate in guided dives to hunt and kill lionfish, the non-native predator of juvenile fish. Read More

Don't dish the PARROTFISH!

Wednesday, March, 21 2018    

BY Kerry-Ann Willis is a social development consultant. In her spare time however, she writes, mainly dedicating her talents to environmental subjects. She currently has four manuscripts, the most recent of which is dedicated to saving the parrotfish. Titled Don't dish the parrotfish, the... Read More

Base entrepreneurship on opportunity, not needs

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March, 21 2018    

While Government has, over the past few years, been advancing arguments for the adoption of entrepreneurship — both as a discipline and a business model — members of academia are warning that it not be done solely on the basis of economic need, especially... Read More

Register now for Wigton solar energy

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Registration is now open for a Solar Energy and Fuel Cells course which will run from March 19 – 23, 2018 at the Wigton Renewable Energy Training Lab in Rose Hill, Manchester is accepting applications for its a Solar Energy and Fuel Cells course which will run... Read More

Early warning system for fishers in Eastern Caribbean

Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

Using an application for mobile phones, fishers in St Vincent and the Grenadines are now able to receive early warnings about dangerous weather and sea conditions and are able to share their information about local conditions and missing people. Read More

UTech cuts light bill by $16 million

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March, 14 2018    

In the three-and-a-half years since it has been using solar power to supplement its energy needs on campus, the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) has managed to save US$126,000 or J$16 million. Read More

Trees for Peace project launched at Mount Salem Primary

Thursday, March, 8 2018    

MOUNT SALEM, St James — The Violence Prevention Alliance (VPA) in collaboration with Peace and Love in Schools (PALS) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture launched its Trees for Peace Planting Project as the signature activity for Peace Day on... Read More

Irresponsible not to explore for oil, gas

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, March, 7 2018    

Jamaica's senior-most government spokeswoman on energy yesterday laid out g overnment's argument for proceeding with oil and gas exploration in spite of its push in recent years to adopt increasing amounts of renewable energy... Read More


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