Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 6 countries produce nearly 60% of world's CO2 emissions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/6-countries-produce-nearly-60--of-world-s-CO2-emissions_18113323 WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Six countries produce nearly 60 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Caricom 'heartened' by UN's call for climate financing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caricom--heartened--by-UN-s-call-for-climate-financing_18085468 LIMA, Peru (CMC) — The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) says it is "heartened" by the call of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for development finance to be linked to funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Local News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Dominica workshop to examine citrus greening in Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dominica-workshop-to-examine-citrus-greening-in-Caribbean_18082038 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica will host a three-day regional conference on the Haunglong Bing (HLB) or citrus greening disease management. Local News Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Entertainment Diary - Dec 11 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Entertainment-Diary---Dec-11-_18085676 Heineken All Star Thursdays Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Government launches first recyling plant in St Mary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Government-launches-first-recyling-plant-in-St-Mary_18064887 THE Government has launched its first recycling project, which is seeking to recover some 4,690 tonnes of PET material (plastic bottles), and the creation of employment for over 3,000 persons over the next three years. Local News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT A home and two trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/A-home-and-two-trees_18052067 FOOD for the Poor (FFP) has been building houses and schools for needy families and organisations for much of the last decade. As of next year, it will be adding a layer of sustainability to that effort by including two fruit trees with each building it hands over. Local Environmental Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Cautiously optimistic' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Cautiously-optimistic-_18047850 THE annual world climate change talks opened here Monday with Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cautiously optimistic that developed countries will commit to the type of financing that poor, vulnerable nations like theirs need to adapt to climate change. Local News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Leave The Trees! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Father-and-son-ordered-to-replant-911-seedlings_18014422 A father and son were sentenced to replant and maintain just over 900 trees after both men were caught cutting and attempting to remove the young plants from privately owned lands that have been declared as a forest management area. Local Environmental Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Non-payers push up oil bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Non-payers-push-up-oil-bill_18014276 KELLY Tomblin, president and CEO, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS), believes Jamaicans who steal electricity make reducing the high oil import cost difficult to achieve. Local Environmental Wed, 26 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT 'Hunger Games' tops US chart with $123 million on opening weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Hunger-Games--tops-US-chart-with--123-million-on-opening-weekend LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, according to studio estimates. Local Environment Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:31:43 GMT New website gives data on new developments, environment impact http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/New-website-gives-data-on-new-developments--environment-impact_17983149 JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environmental impact, following the launch last night of a new interactive website -- Development Alert! -- created by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), World Resources Institute, and the Access Initiative, with support from software developers Blue Raster of the United States. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Continue to conserve water, Pickersgill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Continue-to-conserve-water--Pickersgill_17984664 Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is urging Jamaicans to continue to conserve on their use of water and to protect the water resources close to their communities. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Bacteria-killing bacteria creates 95 per cent pure wastewater http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Bacteria-killing-bacteria-creates-95-per-cent-pure-wastewater_17968062 Greenville's Wastewater Treatment Plant comprises a sprawling network of pipes, above and below ground. There is also a series of tanks that filter, separate and chemically treat sewage before discharging the largely purified water into the river. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT JET kicks off Clean Coasts Project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Under-the-sea-_17925620 PLUNGING to depths of up to 60 feet and as far offshore as 500 metres, members of the Jamaica Environment Trust's (JET's) marine conservation team have been harvesting refuse from the seafloor in two tourist locations in its latest undertaking - the Clean Coasts Project. Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dutch-to-test-solar-panels-on-bicycle-path_17925970 KROMMENIE, Netherlands (AP) — A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets under way in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Million-dollar greenhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Million-dollar-greenhouse-_17925618 SOWING SEEDLINGS: Sixth form student at the Manning's School in Westmoreland and regional top-scorer in the 2014 sitting of CSEC agriculture in the Caribbean Taylor McKenzie (stooping) assists head of the agriculture department at the school, Richard Washington, to sow seedlings in the institution's newly refurbished greenhouse. Observing them are a group of McKenzie's schoolmates and field officer at Food for the Poor Othneil Carby. Food For The Poor and Digicel Foundation undertook the refurbishing to the tune of $1.18 million. (PHOTO: PETRI-ANN HENRY) Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Caricom draws climate change deal red line http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caricom-draws-climate-change-deal-red-line_17891849 The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) is making it clear that it is prepared to walk out of the world climate change talks in Peru next month if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impact of climate change on the region. Local News Sun, 09 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Concerns raised in St Lucia about illegal harvesting of sea urchins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Concerns-raised-in-St-Lucia-about-illegal-harvesting-of-sea-urchins_17882888 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) -- The St Lucia National Trust (SLNT) says it is becoming "increasingly concerned" about the illegal and indiscriminate harvesting of sea urchins (chadon), particularly in the southern city of Vieux Fort. Local News Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Good News for sugar cane http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Good-News-for-sugar-cane-_17875029 KING sugar, the crop on which the economies of the former British West Indian colonies were built, looks set to rebound as a major contributor to Jamaica's agriculture industry. Local Environmental Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:00:00 GMT Beware resurgence of DROUGHT http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Beware-resurgence-of-DROUGHT_17821577 MINISTER with responsibility for the environment Robert Pickersgill is warning that the southern sections of St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine in particular could slip back into abnormally dry drought conditions between now and December as a result of a low rainfall outlook. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Anguillla to access US$500,000 for Gonzalo damage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Anguillla-to-access-US-500-000-for-Gonzalo-damage_17813559 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is preparing to pay out approximately US$500,000 to the Government of Anguilla under its excess rainfall insurance policy as a result of heavy rains that affected the country during Hurricane Gonzalo, the company announced Monday. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Biodiversity to guide development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Biodiversity_17782893 GOVERNMENT'S environment and planning agency has begun the process of updating the country's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which is expected to inform the island's development decisions and poverty-reduction strategies. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'The hottest September in 135 years' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-The-hottest-September-in-135-years-_17773213 EARTH is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 5 Facts about Climate Change in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/5-Facts-about-Climate-Change-in-the-Caribbean_17773087 NATURAL events and human activities contribute to an increase in average temperatures around the world. Increases in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), is the main cause. Our planet and our region are warming. This leads to a change in climate. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT