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 Coal burners VS bird shooters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coal-burners-VS-bird-shooters-_18974543 COAL burners in St Catherine are crying 'fowl' over public perception that they are the main group responsible for destruction of forests in the parish. Local Environmental Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT TCI tracks green turtles http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/TCI-tracks-green-turtles_18974586 Two more teenage green turtles have been fitted with hi-tech satellite transmitters and released on the Caicos Banks as part of ongoing research by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project (TCITP) to find out about the movements of these spectacular animals. Local Environmental Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Eco-friendly training for farmers - Kellier http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Eco-friendly-training-for-farmers---Kellier_18961166 THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will be implementing a programme to train farmers and other stakeholders in environmentally friendly cultivation practices by September 30, 2015. Local News Mon, 18 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT A 'Green' logo http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/A--Green--logo_18924040 AFTER having extended the competition deadline by three months, the environment ministry has now settled on a logo for its Climate Change Division. Local Environmental Wed, 13 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT OAS promotes circular economies in Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/OAS-promotes-circular-economies-in-Caribbean_18883087 THE Organisation of American States (OAS) hosted a high-level dialogue at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on Monday to discuss the progress of the Closed Looped Cycle Production (CLCP) in the Americas programme being implemented in Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. Local Environmental Wed, 06 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Germany helps Alpha shave light bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Germany-helps-Alpha-shave-light-bill_18880919 ALPHA Institute is expecting its electricity bill from Jamaica Public Service (JPS) any day now and if the projections are correct, the figure should be $80,000 less than the previous ones, which average half a million dollars a month. Local Environmental Wed, 06 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT WRA develops aquifer vulnerability map http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/WRA-develops-aquifer-vulnerability-map_18850138 THE Water Resources Authority (WRA) has prepared an aquifer vulnerability map for the island, which is aimed at providing information to protect the country's water resources from current and future impacts of drought and other climate-related events. Local News Fri, 01 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT Wetlands & wildlife http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wetlands---wildlife_18840464 THREE storeys high, with each one smaller than the first, the Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre in Salt River, Clarendon is an architectural beauty. Add to that the fact that it sits in the wetlands, bordered by mangroves and charmed by the various birds, turtles, fish and crocodiles that call it home, and you'll feel a beckoning tug. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Regional-economies-face-peril-with-declining-coral-reefs-report_18827999 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs. Local News Mon, 27 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Hanover-youth-councillors-tackle-environmental-projects-_18804601 LUCEA, Hanover - Several environmental projects are among the initiatives to be undertaken by the 2014/2015 youth councillors for Hanover. Observer West Thu, 23 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT St Lucian resorts switch to LED for Earth Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/St-Lucian-resorts-switch-to-LED-for-Earth-Day_18797581 SOUFRIERE, St Lucia -- Jade Mountain and Anse Chastanet resorts are marking Earth Day by switching their lighting systems to an energy efficient, ecologically friendly light-emitting diode (LED) solution. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT How do I celebrate Earth Day? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-do-I-celebrate-Earth-Day-_18797596 THE first thing that probably comes to mind is planting trees. This is an excellent way to celebrate Earth Day since trees help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, clean pollution, hold soil in place to prevent erosion, and provide homes for birds, insects and other animals. You might also think of saving electricity and conserving water. These are also excellent methods, but there are a lot of other options which you might also consider. Here are a few: Local Environmental Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT #MotherEarthDay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-MotherEarthDay_18797556 THE word 'mother' holds great power. It evokes memories of the women who gave us life, nurtured us as infants and helped mould us into who we are today. The Earth is the ultimate mother - an astounding planet that has, since time immemorial, supported life in myriad forms. As humans, we outgrow the need for constant maternal care. But we can never outgrow our reliance on Mother Earth. As long as we live, we need air, water, fertile soil and the countless other gifts this planet bestows. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Earth Day events http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Earth-Day-events_18797583 * Launch of Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre Local Environmental Wed, 22 Apr 2015 02:00:00 GMT Use PetroCaribe, green energy bonds to pay for renewables http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Use-PetroCaribe--green-energy-bonds-to-pay-for-renewables_18720901 HOW do we raise the US$2,800 million to finance the all-renewables initiative? First up, let's jump-start the transformation by raising the critical loan amount necessary to replace JPS' "always-on" (base-load) generation of some 350 MW. This replacement translates to a combination of 350 MW in total of wind -- of which we already have some 30 MW from the Wigton wind farm and others -- plus 350 MW of new solar. Local Opinion Fri, 17 Apr 2015 01:00:00 GMT NEPA snubbed? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NEPA-snubbed-_18755423 CHIEF government planner Peter Knight expressed disappointment Monday that only one political representative attended an intensive workshop in preparation for a project designed to, among other things, teach small farmers how to farm without causing damage to rivers and forests. Local Environment Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Water security in 5 years? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Water-security-in-5-years-_18756636 WATER supply for the 660,000-plus people in the Kingston Metropolitan Area, served in part by Hope River in St Andrew and Yallahs River in St Thomas, should improve incrementally over the next five years. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT What is a watershed? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-is-a-watershed-_18755876 A watershed, sometimes called a catchment area, is an area of land which collects water -- from rain, snow or other types of precipitation — stores it and releases it into the same waterway, be it a stream, lake, wetland or aquifer, and eventually the sea. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Land of wood and water, again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Land-of-wood-and-water--again_18720900 Are there other major problems that could be overcome simultaneously? Local Environmental Wed, 15 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Solar panel prices down 80 per cent http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Solar-panel-prices-down-80-per-cent_18683996 WHY solar? Local Environmental Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT bottle to pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/bottle-to-pen_18713990 CAN you write with a bottle? Local Environmental Wed, 08 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Spoiled 'sprat' for sale? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Spoiled--sprat--for-sale-_18677389 PEOPLE reportedly harvested some of the dead fish that floated up in the Dawkins Pond canal in Portmore on Monday evening, apparently intending to offer them for sale. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT NEPA warns Appleton http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NEPA-warns-Appleton_18677381 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) said in a media release yesterday that it has served Wray and Nephew Limited, operators of Appleton Estate, with a warning for discharging "high-strength trade effluent" into the North Elim River, St Elizabeth. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT US leading by example on climate action plan — WRI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-leading-by-example-on-climate-action-plan---WRI_18677518 THE World Resources Institute (WRI) yesterday hailed the United States' proposed climate action plan as "leadership by example" and a "positive signal" for the global climate agreement which is to be finalised in Paris this December. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT Dawkins Pond fish are anchovies, not sprat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dawkins-Pond-fish-are-anchovies--not-sprat_18679516 THE shoals of fish that floated up in the Dawkins Pond canal in Portmore on Monday evening are anchovies, not sprat as was previously announced. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Apr 2015 00:00:00 GMT