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 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 Ja launches third national report to UN climate change body http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ja-launches-third-national-report-to-UN-climate-change-body_17748722 THE United Nations has commended Jamaica for taking steps to prepare and submit Local News Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Do not underestimate climate change, experts warn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Do-not-underestimate-climate-change--experts-warn_17747779 BASED on current trends, Jamaica faces an 11 per cent greater risk of floods, and an accompanying nine per cent greater risk of deaths from floods if the country does not act urgently to put systems in place to deal effectively with climate change -- the global phenomemon which scientists say is increasingly causing temperatures and sea levels to rise. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT REAP takes on waste management http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/REAP-takes-on-waste-management_17732274 SPANISH TOWN, St Catherine — This year's edition of the LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness programme, which was launched at the beginning of the month, will focus on the management of the country's various resources and will initiate a school environment manual and a heritage tour, slated for January 2015. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Hand-washing with soap can save lives' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Hand-washing-with-soap-can-save-lives-_17747790 WASHINGTON, DC - With the current Ebola outbreak facing countries in West Africa, the key message of Global Handwashing Day -- that handwashing with soap can save lives -- is more timely than ever. Today, hundreds of millions of people around the world will mobilise to promote the simple fact that hand-washing is a readily accessible, affordable 'do-it-yourself' vaccine that helps prevent infections ranging in severity from the common cold to diarrheal diseases and Ebola. Hand-washing with soap is a way for everyone to take health into their own hands. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: GONE FULLY SOLAR http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/GONE-FULLY-SOLAR_17732473 Proprieter of Oasis on the Oxford Restaurant and Pub Lorraine Clunie emphasises the need for Jamaicans to depend less on the Jamaica Public Service Company for electricity and go the route of solar, to Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, who last week officially opened the solar plant that powers the business operated jointly by Clunie and her lawyer husband and retired deputy commissioner of police Owen. Looking on is Milton Miller, chief executive officer of Conserveit, the solar company that installed the energy system. Above, they peruse solar panels on the roof. General News Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT LED there be light: 3 share Nobel for blue diode http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/LED-there-be-light--3-share-Nobel-for-blue-diode_17708183 STOCKHOLM, Sweden (AP) — Two Japanese scientists and a Japanese-born American yesterday won the Nobel Prize in physics for inventing blue light-emitting diodes, a breakthrough that has spurred the development of LED technology to light up homes, computer screens and smartphones, worldwide. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT How we think about garbage needs to change, says JET http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-we-think-about-garbage-needs-to-change--says-JET_17673017 IN light of the improper garbage disposal across the island and the public health threat it poses, the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has been holding focus groups to gain insight into people's attitudes towards wate management. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Spotted! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Spotted-_17708725 This hollowed-out carcass of a Spotted Porcupinefish was discovered on the beach at Fort Rocky on the Palisadoes road during the 20th annual Jamaica Environment Trust-coordinated International Coastal Clean-up Day, recently. The spiny fish, which is considered a solitary species, inhabit the coral reefs of warm tropical waters. They feed on hard-shelled invertebrates such as crabs. The adults are grey or brown in colour with several dark bands around the body and small dark spots on the upper surfaces and fins. The young generally lack the dark bands and have dark spots descending to the belly. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 GMT ATL Automotive goes green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ATL-Automotive-goes-green_17673198 ONE tree planted for every car sold. That is the promise of the 'Drive Green' campaign, a partnership between ATL Automotive Limited, Sandals Foundation, and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) to advance reforestation and mitigate Jamaica's carbon footprint by restoring degraded forest ecosystems. Local Auto Fri, 03 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Four more land surveyors commissioned http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Four-more-land-surveyors-commissioned-_17663508 Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill has underscored the importance of the work carried out by land surveyors, particularly in the process of sustainable development, incorporating land utilisation. Local News Thu, 02 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Sort it Out! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sort-it-Out-_17657293 That is the theme of a recycling initiative launched at Kensington Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine on Friday September 19. Local Environment Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT Wildlife populations plummet for 3,000 species http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wildlife-populations-plummet-for-3-000-species_17657426 GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — About 3,000 species of wildlife around the world have seen their numbers plummet far worse than previously thought, according to a new study by one of the world's biggest environmental groups. Local Environment Wed, 01 Oct 2014 01:00:00 GMT FREE seedlings for tree planting day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/FREE-seedlings-for-tree-planting-day_17657312 GOVERNMENT is urging more people to plant trees across the island by offering seedlings of fruit, ornamental and hardwood trees either free or at a minimal cost in preparation for National Tree Planting Day, which is to be observed this Friday, October 3. Local Environment Wed, 01 Oct 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ministry seeks funds to upgrade school labs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ministry-seeks-funds-to-upgrade-school-labs_17608234 THE Ministry of Education is seeking money to assist in the upgrading of science laboratories and the provision of micro-science kits for secondary and primary schools across the island. Local News Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT $50-note among garbage find http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-50-note--among-garbage-find_17593286 LEAVE it to financial brokers to find money during a garbage collection. Local Environment Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT All-island clean-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/All-island-clean-up_17599130 Saturday's observance of International Coastal Clean-up Day — coordinated globally by the Ocean Conservancy and locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) — attracted thousands of volunteers to sites across the island. Here are scenes from Kingston, Hanover, Westmoreland and Montego Bay. Local Environmental Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT International Coastal Clean-Up Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/International-Coastal-Clean-Up-Day_17583942 Jamaicans yesterday turned out for International Coastal Clean Up Day at several points across Jamaica. General News Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Be more responsible with inland waste — NEPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Be-more-responsible-with-inland-waste---NEPA_17542208 ON International Coastal Clean-up Day, which Jamaica observes today along with roughly 100 other countries worldwide, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging Jamaicans to pay stricter attention to their garbage disposal practices. Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT It's Coastal Clean-Up Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/It-s-Coastal-Clean-Up-Day_17542309 THOUSANDS of Jamaicans are today participating in the removal of garbage and other debris from the nation's beaches, as Jamaica observes International Coastal Clean-Up Day (ICCD). Local News Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ozone hole on the mend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ozone-hole-on-the-mend_17544634 THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be recovering from the gaping hole burned in it by humans and their use of aerosol canisters and other pollutants, scientists are reporting. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT