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

Forestry Department urges protection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017    

The Black River Upper Morass, a former rice production area in the 1950s and 60s, is an example of swamp forest in Jamaica. (Photo: Caribbean Birding Trail) .

The Forestry Department has given a frightening report on the state of the island’s swamps — low-lying forested areas that are flooded either seasonally or permanently with freshwater — announcing last week that only 4.5 per cent of them remain in tact. “Data from the latest Land Use Assessment Survey, which was conducted by the agency, shows that over the last 15 years Jamaica has lost 2,124.1 hectares of swamp forest, leaving this forest type at only 122.9 hectares, wh ... Read More

4 irrefutable truths about climate change science

Wednesday, February 01, 2017    

Donald Trump

During the recent confirmation hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, a familiar pattern has emerged. Many of them have acknowledged that climate change is happening, but each has sowed doubt by either understating the connection between human activity and climate change or by suggesting that there’s too much uncertainty to act. The overall effect of these statements is to confuse or stall progress. The reality is that we know plenty about the role of people as primary driv ... Read More

EFJ awards $85 million for climate change projects

Wednesday, February 01, 2017    

Eighteen civil society organisations on Monday received a combined total of $85 million to implement climate change adaptation and resilience-building projects in communities across the island. The grant funds were provided under the Special Climate Change Adaptation Fund (SCCAF), which is supported by the Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanisms project of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience. They are administered by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ). The beneficiary ... Read More



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