Environment

Electric vehicles a better bet than diesel and gas

Part five of an eight-part look at the pace and future of renewable technologies Transportation in Jamaica is powered by imported fuels, the importation of which costs us annually a bit more than the Jamaica Public Service’s fuel bill (as seen in last Wednesday’s article at the link pro ... Read More

(From left) Sponsorship and events manager at Wisynco Jermaine Brown, founder and CEO of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay, representative of Negril Education Environment Trust Kristina Hanniford, and executive director of the Tourism Enhancement Fund Dr Carey Wallace check out the contents of one of the Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica clean-up kits distributed to community groups at Knutsford Court Hotel yesterday. (Garfield Robinson) Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica expands
In February 2015, a catchy jingle hit the airwaves. “Nuh dutty up Jamaica, please don’t ... Read More

Windmills at the Wigton Windfarm in Manchester (Observer File) Wigton to offer renewable energy training course in April
Registration is now open for a certificate course in solar thermal technologies at Wigton Renewable ... Read More

Project Manager for the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas Project, Nelsa English-Johnson speaks about how improper land management  practices can negatively impact the island’s water reosurces. (Joseph Wellington) NEPA continues to urge fire prevention
In 2015, a devastating series of bush fires swept across several communities in East Rural St Andrew ... Read More

Researchers call for protection of Caribbean ‘supersites’ to restore ocean ecosystem

Friday, March 03, 2017    

NORTH CAROLINA, USA (CMC) — Researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill have called for the protection of Caribbean coral reefs , known as “supersites”, in order to restore the environmental and economic setback that has been inflicted by overfishing. The report, published in the March 1 issue of the journal Science Advances, noted that up to 90 per cent of predatory fish are gone from Caribbean coral reefs, straining the ocean ecosystem and coastal ec ... Read More

Making the case for utility-sized solar generation

David Cooke | Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Solar plants, like this one in Serpa, Portugal, will coninue to dominate the energy landscape as they increasingly require smaller installation spaces and use technologies that extend their usefulness into the night..

To observers, like myself, who track the advance of new technologies, the importance of them attaining one per cent and two per cent of global markets become critical focal points to watch. Once a new technology grows to be above one per cent of global sales, it is no longer considered to be a niche product, but becomes a mainstream product instead, near impossible to be annihilated. When these new products or technologies grow above two per cent, it signals they are big threats to the establish ... Read More

UTech to introduce climate change degree

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Entrance to the UTech, Jamaica, main campus (UTech)

The University of Technology, Jamaica, through its Caribbean Sustainable Energy and Innovatio n Institute and the Faculty of The Built Environment (FOBE)will on Thursday launch a multidisciplinary Master of Science Degree in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change. The university said the programme “is in response to the need for tertiary level training of specialists in the areas of sustainable energy and climate change, and has a strong focus on sustainable energy, entrepreneurship and g ... Read More

ZooCycle

Wednesday, March 01, 2017    

Guardsman has upgraded the Hope Zoo in Kingston

When Hope Zoo increased its entrance fees by over 200 per cent three years ago, it attracted public backlash for the hike. But the facility, which is home to 63 species of animals as per its website, is currently offering to cut the rates in half...but only in exchange for recyclable plastic bottles. Under a programme dubbed ZooCycle, which is designed to foster the habit of recycling in children, the zoo is slashing its entrance fee for children (age three to 11) from from $1,000 to $500 onc ... Read More

Dredging of Kingston Harbour begins

Wednesday, February 22, 2017    

Minister with oversight responsibility for water, works and housing in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Dr Horace Chang (left) and CEO of Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited Olivier Tretout look at sludge dredged from the seafloor at  Port Bustamante, yesterday. (Michael Gordon)

Seven weeks into the dredging of Port Bustamante in the Kingston Harbour to facilitate larger ships coming through the Panama Canal, the company contracted to do the excavation is reporting that there are “no visible impacts” on fishing beaches in proximity to the operation sites. Using a trailing suction hopper dredger with a capacity of 14,000 cubic metres, Sodraco has so far been removing soft material — clay, silt and some sand — and dumping it some 15 miles south-we ... Read More

Wisynco launches biodegradable foam

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Thursday, February 16, 2017    

President of ECM BioFilms Robert Sinclair (right), pours some of his company’s masterbatch pellets into WIlliam Mahfood’s palm. Mahfood is chairman of the Wisynco Group, which announced yesterday that it is now including the pellets in its polystyrene foam production process in order to make the finished product biodegradable. Observing Sinclair and Mahfood are Government senator Matthew Samuda(second left) and Wisynco’s director of manufacturing Devon Reynolds. (Photos: Garfield Robinson)

IT has been said that polystyrene foam, better known as styrofoam, cannot biodegrade. Well, apparently that’s old technology. Faced with overflowing landfills and growing criticisms about poor solid waste management, business interests and governments worldwide have been trying to find ways to make the material — a durable, lightweight, and cheaply produced option widely used as disposable food containers — more environmentally friendly. Substitute material ranging from milk p ... Read More

PHOTO: Faking death?

Thursday, February 16, 2017    

Photo: Kenyon Hemans

It was not clear if this reptile, spotted yesterday afloat on its back in a swamp near the St Thomas main road, which leads into Hector’s River, Portland, was dead or just faking it. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Read More

Rescuers form human chain to save whales

Wednesday, February 15, 2017    

Hundreds of pilot whales lay stranded at Farewell Spit near Nelson, New Zealand, Friday, February 10, after beaching themselves. (Photo: AFP/Tim Cuff)

GOLDEN BAY, New Zealand (AFP) — It was a scene of both tragedy and triumph in New Zealand Saturday as rescuers defied a shark threat and formed a human chain in a bay in a bid to keep another 200 whales from becoming stranded a day after hundreds died in a mass beaching. About 150 people waded out up to their necks at Farewell Spit in the north-west of the South Island to form the human wall as they also guided some 100 survivors from Friday’s beaching away from the shore. Environm ... Read More

Wisynco to introduce biodegradable foam product today

Wednesday, February 15, 2017    

William Mahfood chairman of the Wisynco Group (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Local manufacturers of the Sweet line of synthetic packaging products, Wisynco Limited, is today expected to announce a major shift in its operations — a move away from polystyrene-only food containers to a biodegradable alternative it has branded eco-foam. The new product, the company said, should break down into non-toxic derivatives of the input within nine months to five years. CEO William Mahfood told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that eco-foam is produced by putting a chemical ad ... Read More

Montego Bay Marine Park, Sandals Foundation plant mangroves for World Wetlands Day

Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

Sandals Montego Bay’s valued guest Stan Hufford and Sandals Foundation ambassadors Suzanne Stephenson and Askia Moody help to make a difference by replanting mangrove saplings in the Whitehouse fishing village on Saturday, February 4..

MONTEGO BAY, St James — In recognition of World Wetlands Day last Thursday, February 2, Sandals Foundatioon launched an awareness campaign across the Caribbean to educate students and community members on the importance of preserving wetlands. Sandals Foundation team members in the islands of Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, Jamaica, and the Turks & Caicos organised school field trips to give students a hands-on opportunity to observe the wetlands. They also hosted co ... Read More



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