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 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 Port Royal lab seeking ENERGY ALTERNATIVE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Port-Royal-lab-seeking-ENERGY-ALTERNATIVE DR Mona Webber, a marine ecologist and senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is on a quest to introduce the use of alternative energy at the Port Royal Marine Laboratory and Biodiversity Centre. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:16:36 GMT Away with plastic Yabba containers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Away-with-plastic-Yabba-containers_18596142 JAMAICAN-GROWN fast food chain Island Grill is planning to trade in its plastic food containers for earth-friendly biodegradable boxes, the company announced recently. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT We did it! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/We-did-it-_18633435 Employees of ATL Group are pleased with the amount of garbage they were able to clean from Shipwreck Beach on the Palisadoes Strip last Saturday. Working in tandem with the National Environment and Planning Agency, the volunteers cleared mounds of debris, including tyres and a range of plastics. The event was in observance of World Water Day, March 22. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Land of wood... and greenery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Land-of-wood----and-greenery_18546595 THE Forestry Department yesterday announced that 441,000 hectares of the island was covered by forest -- 10 per cent more than the 30 per cent recorded in 1998 when the last land-use/cover-change analysis was conducted. Local News Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Investing in disaster resilience vital for region — UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Investing-in-disaster-resilience-vital-for-region---UN_18518768 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report says investing in disaster resilience is vital for sustainable development in the Caribbean and other places. Local News Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT $15 million allocated to climate change pilot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-15-million-allocated-to-climate-change-pilot_18497176 A total of $15 million has been budgeted for the Climate Resilience II Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (pilot), as part of measures to bolster support for climate change activities. Local Environment Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:00:00 GMT Wanton disregard of Negril development order to our demise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wanton-disregard-of-Negril-development-order-to-our-demise_18418118 ON Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 10 pm, I received an e-mail from the Ministry of Land Water Environment and Climate Change inviting me to a public meeting on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Negril to discuss certain provisions of the new provisional development order for the Negril and Green Island area. It was short notice and I was not able to attend. I later learned that the meeting was called to discuss an amendment to the building height restriction in the current development order. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Leave the sea turtles! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Leave-the-sea-turtles-_18417542 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging members of the public to desist from capturing or harming sea turtles - which are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT 1 million trees over 4 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/1-million-trees-over-4-years_18417543 ONE million trees are to be planted over the next four years under the navel string project being undertaken by SCJ Holdings Limited (SCJH). Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT 10 endangered sea turtles released back into Florida waters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/10-endangered-sea-turtles-released-back-into-Florida-waters_18417699 ORLANDO, USA (AP) — Ten endangered sea turtles rescued from chilly Massachusetts waters late last year have been released back into the ocean off Florida. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Oregon Chub: first fish taken off endangered list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Oregon-Chub--first-fish-taken-off-endangered-list_18417950 GRANTS PASS, USA (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT