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 Higher temperatures could mean economic decline — IPCC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Higher-temperatures-could-mean-economic-decline---IPCC_82231 THE world economy stands to recede if global temperatures continue to rise. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT 53-pound alligator snapping turtle saved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/53-pound-alligator-snapping-turtle-saved_82214 TEXAS, USA (AP) — A 53-pound alligator snapping turtle is recovering at a Houston wildlife rehabilitation centre after fire-rescue crews saved it from a drainage pipe. Local News Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Dairy cows to combat global warming? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dairy-cows-to-combat-global-warming-_82083 GALT, California (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. Local Environment Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT GOJ, UWI host Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change on Caribbean visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/GOJ--UWI-host-Inter-Governmental-Panel-on-Climate-Change-on-Caribbean-visit_82071 The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the University of the West Indies are this week playing hosts to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) –the world body that assesses the science related to climate change – in a Caribbean outreach event that forms part of Climate Change AwarenessWeek. Local Environment Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Oil spill in Kingston Harbour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Oil-spill-in-Kingston-Harbour_81689 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was yesterday investigating a report of an oil spill in the Kingston Harbour which occurred Thursday afternoon. Local News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean countries get financial help to fight climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-countries-get-financial-help-to-fight-climate-change_81410 BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or 5Cs) has launched a multimillion-dollar climate change adaptation programme (CCAP) which it said will boost climate-resilient development and reduce climate change induced-risks to human and natural assets in 10 Caribbean countries. Local News Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT JetBlue airs onboard video http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JetBlue-airs-onboard-video_81363 NEW YORK, USA — The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance are educating travellers about how to “buy informed” and travel smart to the Caribbean. The agencies have partnered with JetBlue to air a short film on all flights informing customers of the role they play in protecting Caribbean wildlife and preserving the region’s beauty. The video, featuring local Caribbean conservation heroes, will arm travellers with the right questions to ask when purchasing wildlife and plant-related products. Local Environment Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica intends to ratify the conditions of the Paris Agreement — Mahlung http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-intends-to-ratify-the-conditions-of-the-Paris-Agreement---Mahlung_81361 Jamaica intends to ratify the conditions of the Paris Agreement by the end of this financial year, according to Clifford Mahlung, project administrator and Senior Climate Change negotiator in the Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation. Local Environment Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT PM: Jamaica committed to UN Framework Convention on Climate Change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/PM--Jamaica-committed-to-UN-Framework-Convention-on-Climate-Change_80951 PRIME Minister Andrew Holness has affirmed the country’s commitment to halt, and even reverse the adverse effects on climate change, showing Jamaica’s firm support for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Local News Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Scientists monitoring changes at Dominica’s Boiling Lake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Scientists-monitoring-changes-at-Dominica-s-Boiling-Lake_80909 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Visitors to the Boiling Lake, a volcano-hydrothermal feature located in the southern end of the island, have been urged to avoid visiting the area due to a change in water levels. Local News Sat, 19 Nov 2016 03:00:00 GMT Antigua calls for immediate intervention on climate change with Trump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Antigua-calls-for-immediate-intervention-on-climate-change-with-Trump_80753 MARRAKECH, Morocco (CMC) – Prime Minister Gaston Browne of Antigua and Barbuda has called on all government and special groupings in the United Nations to commence discussions with the incoming US administration on climate change. Local News Fri, 18 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica House to go solar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-House-to-go-solar_80641 MARRAKECH, Morocco — As representatives of the world’s nations gather at the COP22 Climate Conference in Marrakech, Morocco, island states are standing out for their impressive commitments to fighting climate change. Local News Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT New irrigation technology for farmers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/New-irrigation-technology-for-farmers_80116 BOLOGNA, Italy — With increased water scarcity and agriculture consuming 70 per cent of global freshwater resources, demand is surging for new agricultural solutions. Yara International ASA (Yara) and Pessl Instruments have devised one — a combination of their technologies which continuously measure changes in turgor pressure in the leaf and irrigate accordingly. Local Environment Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Ban hails ‘new dawn of cooperation on climate change’, urges action on Paris accord http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ban-hails--new-dawn-of-cooperation-on-climate-change---urges-action-on-Paris-accord_80545 MARRAKECH, Morocco – Ten days after the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on climate change, world leaders yesterday showed strong support for the implementation of the agreement at the opening of the high-level segment of the 22nd Conference of Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Local Environment Wed, 16 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Contract approved for Rio Cobre Basin study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Contract-approved-for-Rio-Cobre-Basin-study_80061 CABINET has approved the award of a contract valued at US$427,000 to consulting engineering firm Stanley Consultants Inc for the Rio Cobre Basin Water Resources Study. Local News Fri, 11 Nov 2016 01:00:00 GMT COP22 kicks off in Moroccan capital http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/COP22-kicks-off-in-Moroccan-capital_79869 MARRAKECH, Morocco — The UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech kicked off on Monday, just three days after the Paris Climate Change Agreement entered into force, and a day ahead of the US election and the uncertainty over its impact on the landmark deal. Local Environment Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica, Canada partner on energy research http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica--Canada-partner-on-energy-research_78383 Local NGO emPOWERed Caribbean Communities has partnered with a British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) to establish an energy research unit the parties say will find real-world solutions to everyday problems people face. Local Environment Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Famous pool cue maker sentenced in attempted http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Famous-pool-cue-maker-sentenced-in-attempted_79947 LOS ANGELES (AP) — A famous custom pool cue maker has been sentenced to two years of probation for his role in trying to help export- protected African elephant ivory to Taiwan. Local Environment Wed, 09 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Solving climate change by mimicking nature http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Solving-climate-change-by-mimicking-nature_78639 IF you follow the discussions on climate change, you’ll notice that they typically urge vulnerable countries to adapt to and mi Local Environment Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT AG gives nod to Paris Agreement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/AG-gives-nod-to-Paris-Agreement_78418 The Attorney General’s Department has given the go-ahead for Jamaica to ratify the Paris Agreement which it signed in April this year. Local Environment Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vermont urges water conservation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Vermont-urges-water-conservation-_78409 MONTPELIER, Vermont (AP) — State officials are urging Vermonters to conserve water when possible as dry and drought conditions continue throughout the state. Local Environment Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Urbanisation, climate change challenges to development – Chang http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Urbanisation--climate-change-challenges-to-development---Chang_76416 The potential negative impacts of urbanisation and climate change are creating challenges to development, minister with responsibility for housing, Horace Chang has said. Local Environment Wed, 26 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jade Mountain gets gold for being green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jade-Mountain-gets-gold-for-being-green_77654 WASHINGTON DC, USA — The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that St Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort has become the first hotel in the Caribbean to receive the coveted LEED GOLD certification status. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTOS: Celebrating birds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/PHOTOS--Celebrating-birds_77615 Photo 1 - Students of Port Royal Primary proudly display bird scavenger hunt cards they completed with the assistance of officers of the National Environment and Planning Agency in observance of International Migratory Bird Day, October 9. Local Environment Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT We recycle 80 per cent — J Wray & Nephew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/We-recycle-80-per-cent---J-Wray---Nephew_77626 Local rum producer J Wray & Nephew hasn’t always enjoyed a favourable reputation in the public sphere with regard to its environmental practices, but if recent developments are anything to go by, it’s something the company is eager to shake. Local Environment Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT