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 Sweet reaping http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sweet-reaping_61941 Papine High School’s agriculture programme got a well-needed boost earlier this month when the Joan Duncan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of JMMB Group, and Food For The Poor (FFP) Jamaica partnered on a greenhouse valued at approximately $1 million dollars which will train the students in agricultural science as well as add to their nutrition programme. Local Environment Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT How much renewable energy can JPS absorb? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-much-renewable-energy-can-JPS-absorb-_61937 Last week, we discussed the Office of Utilities Regulation’s acceptance of the bid by Eight Rivers Energy Company to provide solar energy to the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) at a cost of 8.54 US cents per kWh via a 33.1 MW solar photovoltaic plant to be built in Paradise Park, Westmoreland. Local Environment Wed, 25 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Bright days ahead for JA’s electricity prices http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Bright-days-ahead-for-JA-s-electricity-prices_59476 I applaud Eight Rivers Energy Company (EREC) on winning the bid for the Jamaican Government’s 33.1 MW photovoltaic project to be built in Paradise Park, Westmoreland. Of the 19 bids submitted, including 11 solar PV projects, EREC proposed the lowest electricity price of 8.54 US cents per kWh. Local Environment Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Old quarry saves airport US$430,000 a year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Old-quarry-saves-airport-US-430-000-a-year_61279 TENNESSEE, USA (AP) — An abandoned rock quarry near a runway at Nashville International Airport was thought to be such a liability that authorities considered filling it in a decade ago. Now, the water-filled pit is enabling the airport to save US$430,000 a year. Local Environment Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Avoid, Intercept, Redesign http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Avoid--Intercept--Redesign_61199 ST GEORGE’S, Grenada, (CMC) — The Grenada Government has signed an agreement with international environmental group Parley for the Oceans to support a pilot project that will intercept plastic waste before it reaches the landfill. Local Environment Wed, 18 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT WHO study points to rising levels of air pollution in many of the world’s poorest cities http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/WHO-study-points-to-rising-levels-of-air-pollution-in-many-of-the-world-s-poorest-cities_60580 GENEVA, Switzerland — More than 80 per cent of people living in urban areas that monitor air pollution are exposed to air quality levels that exceed the World Health Organisation (WHO) limits. While all regions of the world are affected, populations in low-income cities are the most impacted. Local Environment Thu, 12 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Emma’s plastic bottle dress http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Emma-s-plastic-bottle-dress_60433 Actress and activist Emma Watson turned heads at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit last week, wearing a five-piece outfit made of 100 per cent post-consumer plastic bottles, organic silk and organic cotton. The black and white Calvin Klein design featured a pair of trousers Local Environment Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Replace parrot with lion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Replace-parrot-with-lion_60528 In the past few years, conservationists have been working to have Caribbean peoples swap out the popular parrotfish on their menus for lionfish, arguing that there is an overabundance of the latter, while the brightly coloured sand-producing parrotfish is on the decline. Local Environment Wed, 11 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Student recyclers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Student-recyclers-_59816 The campus of Reach Academy in the Barbican area of St Andrew was transformed into a recycler’s market last Friday, with students from grades 4-6 mounting exhibits and selling products they made from recycled materials, primarily plastic bottles and used tyres. Local Environment Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT Four ways for the Paris Agreement to come into effect http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Four-ways-for-the-Paris-Agreement-to-come-into-effect_59801 The Paris Agreement signing ceremony at the United Nations in New York last week exceeded all expectations. A record-breaking 175 Parties (174 countries plus the European Union) signed on, and a further 15 countries also deposited their “instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval”, making them the first 15 Parties to officially join the Paris Agreement. Local Environment Wed, 04 May 2016 00:00:00 GMT NRCA ready to promote reduction in plastics, styrofoam use http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NRCA-ready-to-promote-reduction-in-plastics--styrofoam-use_59217 THE Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA)is preparing to start dialogue with manufacturers of non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam products to discuss plans to stop their production locally, and replace them with environmentally friendly options. Local News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Forestry Department facilitates planting of 2,000 trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Forestry-Department-facilitates-planting-of-2-000-trees_58974 The Forestry Department is reporting that, along with several partners, it saw to the planting of more than 2,000 trees across the island in observance of Earth Day last Friday. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals plants 1,500 trees across Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-plants-1-500-trees-across-Caribbean_58969 Fifteen Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Terrariums for Earth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Terrariums-for-Earth_59050 The Jamaica Observer continued with its Earth Day awards to some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients yesterday, gifting Lasco Distributors, Island Grill, and Courts Jamaica with terrariums — gardens of, in this case, succulents and cacti, in glass jars. Earth Day was observed globally last Friday under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Making Earth Day 2016 count — The Panos Caribbean story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Making-Earth-Day-2016-count---The-Panos-Caribbean-story_59055 PANOS Caribbean team members, together with artistes from the organisation’s Voices for Climate Change Education Project, worked collaboratively to make Earth Day 2016 count — they have planted trees. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Anti-litter fines to increase — McKenzie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Anti-litter-fines-to-increase---McKenzie_58981 Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has warned that the fines for littering are soon to be increased, taking them from the current $2000 to an amount that “hurts in the pocket”. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mother Earth thanks you http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mother-Earth-thanks-you_58548 In a nod to Earth Day, being celebrated across the world today, the Jamaica Observer gifted some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients with tiny potted gardens and terrariums, yesterday. Local News Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT No Styrofoam on Friday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/No-Styrofoam-on-Friday_58218 Lunchtime Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT How low will solar prices go? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-low-will-solar-prices-go-_58164 If the Peru and Mexico auctions are any indication, Latin American markets are establishing a new, and very low, normal for solar prices. Peru recently awarded a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) at $47.98/MWh to Enel Green Power (EGP), making headlines as the lowest PPA on record. But just weeks later, EGP beat its own a record in Mexico’s auction with a PPA price of $35.44/MWh for solar PV, and an average price for all awardees of $50.77/MWh for wind and solar. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sun, sea...and solid waste? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sun--sea---and-solid-waste-_58261 HIGH school and university students from 11 institutions are expected to present the findings of their research into the implications of improper garbage disposal on the island in an exhibition at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel on Friday. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT JMMB to plant 5,000 trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JMMB-to-plant-5-000-trees_58167 In observance of Earth Day, this Friday, the JMMB Group plans to plant 5,000 trees in the Corporate Area and will contribute $100 per tree planted, up to $50,000, to the Forestry Department. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT 55,000 trees in five years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/55-000-trees-in-five-years_57559 St Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT World leaders to sign Paris climate agreement on Earth Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/World-leaders-to-sign-Paris-climate-agreement-on-Earth-Day-------_57564 WASHINGTON, DC (EDN) — In just over a week, on April 22, over one billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect our shared environment. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organising, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect our planet. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Engineers welcome net zero energy building model http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Engineers-welcome-net-zero-energy-building-model_57415 JAMAICAN engineers are keen to see how net zero energy (NZE) construction, which contribute less greenhouse gases than non-NZE buildings, can help Jamaica reduce energy consumption and reliance on the public energy grid. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT US plans to boost timber harvest in western Oregon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-plans-to-boost-timber-harvest-in-western-Oregon-_57587 OREGON, USA (AP) — The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday released its long-awaited plan for managing roughly 2.5 million acres of federal forestland in western Oregon, and counties that rely on timber for revenue quickly threatened legal action. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT