News about Environmental Issues in Jamaica

Wisynco launches biodegradable foam

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 &mda ...more

PHOTO: Faking death?

Thursday, February 16, 2017

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) more

Rescuers form human chain to save whales

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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 hundre ...more

Wisynco to introduce biodegradable foam product today

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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 bran ...more

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

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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. ...more

Forestry Department urges protection

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

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 ...more

4 irrefutable truths about climate change science

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

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 betwe ...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 ...more

165 people trained as environmental wardens

Friday, January 27, 2017

SOME 165 people from 30 underserved communities across the island have been trained as environmental wardens under the solid waste management initiative being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). The environmental wardens have b ...more

NEPA satisfied with Black River oil spill clean-up

Thursday, January 26, 2017

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it is satisfied with the clean-up and remediation efforts undertaken by J Wray and Nephew following this week’s oil spill into the Black River in St Elizabeth. On Monday, J Wray and Neph ...more

Energy efficiency training workshop for hospitality sector

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) will deliver its first energy efficiency training workshop in Montego Bay, tomorrow and Friday. The two-day event, set for Half Moon Resort, is sp ...more

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