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 ACP wants 'legally binding' agreement at Paris climate conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ACP-wants--legally-binding--agreement-at-Paris-climate-conference_19240411 BRUSSELS, Belgium (CMC) -- The African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) group says it wants a "legally binding agreement" to be adopted when the global community meets in Paris later this month for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP 21). Local News Thu, 26 Nov 2015 02:00:00 GMT Mona Lions are heroes http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mona-Lions-are-heroes_19240096 GOVERNMENT has declared the Lions Club of Mona a hero for its work over the last decade to restore degraded land in sections of St Andrew and St Thomas. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT What I expect from the UN climate change conference in Paris http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-I-expect-from-the-UN-climate-change-conference-in-Paris_19239500 FOR the nearly nine years that I have been Secretary-General, I have travelled the world to the front lines of climate change and I have spoken repeatedly with world leaders, business people and citizens about the need for an urgent global response. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT US$9m wastewater upgrades signed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-9m-wastewater-upgrades-signed-_19239104 MINISTER of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Hon. Robert Pickersgill recently signed a contract, valued at almost US$ 9 million, for the design and construction of three wastewater conveyance systems and pump stations for Kingston, St Catherine and Clarendon. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaicans teach Haitians how to grow breadfruit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaicans-teach-Haitians-how-to-grow-breadfruit_19237624 REFORESTATION efforts in Haiti, where only two per cent of forest cover is estimated to remain, got a leg up from Jamaica recently when a group of seven agronomists from that country visited Jamaica for a week-long intensive agricultural training programme. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaicans walk for the climate http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaicans-walk-for-the-climate_19236798 MORE than 1,500 people joined Environmental Solutions Limited on October 24 — the International Day of Climate Action-- when it staged Jamaica's Climate Walk in Kingston under the theme Walk for Health Stand for Earth. Local Environmental Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT China NGOs win landmark environmental lawsuit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/China-NGOs-win-landmark-environmental-lawsuit_19236855 FUZHOU, China (Xinhua) — Two NGOs won an environmental damage lawsuit against a quarry in the east China's Fujian province last Thursday. It is believed to be a landmark case made possible by China's strengthened environmental law. Local Environmental Wed, 04 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Caricom environment ministers meeting in St Lucia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caricom-environment-ministers-meeting-in-St-Lucia_19235890 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — Caribbean Community (Caricom) ministers and climate change negotiators began a two-day meeting here yesterday to fine-tune the region`s negotiating position ahead of the 21st session of the Conference of Parties (COP 21) to be held in Paris later next month. Local News Thu, 29 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Meadowbrook High plugs into the sun http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Meadowbrook-High-plugs-into-the-sun_19235804 "LET your light so shine" has become more than a motto for 57-year-old co-ed institution Meadowbrook High; it speaks to its move this school year to include solar into its energy mix. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT 16 win Momentum for Change award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/16-win-Momentum-for-Change-award_19235844 THE UN Climate Change secretariat yesterday announced the winners of the prestigious United Nations' Momentum for Change climate change award. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT UTech to unveil findings of cooking with hydrogen study http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UTech-to-unveil-findings-of-cooking-with-hydrogen-study_19233578 THE findings of a University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech)-led research project focusing on the sustainable production of hydrogen as a fuel for domestic cooking will form the basis of presentations and discussions at an International Hydrogen Conference and Exhibition being hosted by UTech at its Papine campus, November 3 - 4, 2015. The conference is first of its kind in the Caribbean region. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Cassava Pond gets $9 million water supply system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Cassava-Pond-gets--9-million-water-supply-system_19235360 MINISTER of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change, Robert Pickersgill, on Thursday commissioned into service the Cassava Pond water supply system in north-west St Catherine. General News Sun, 25 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Write about climate change; win a trip to Paris! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Write-about-climate-change--win-a-trip-to-Paris-_19233943 CASTRIES, Saint Lucia — The Environmental Education Unit of the Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science, and Technology here has issued a challenge to journalists to cover climate change-related issues for a chance to win a trip to Paris. Local News Sat, 17 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT $128-b climate change bill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-128-b-climate-change-bill_19232919 EXTREME weather events associated with climate change have cost the country in excess of $128 billion in damage over the decade between 2002 and 2012. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT Scotia joins Jamaica's Climate Walk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Scotia-joins-Jamaica-s-Climate-Walk_19233461 SCOTIAFOUNDATION has endorsed Jamaica's Climate Walk, a mass rally being organised by Environmental Solutions Limited to raise awareness about climate change. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT #1point5tostayalive http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-1point5tostayalive_19233444 CASTRIES, Saint Lucia — "The arts can make us act, and we need action in response to the threats, the realities of climate change". Local Environmental Wed, 14 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ocho Rios students among beneficiaries of Sandals Foundation environmental programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ocho-Rios-students-among-beneficiaries-of-Sandals-Foundation-environmental-programme_19232318 SANDALS Foundation has partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and CARIBSAVE to implement the Save our Seas, Schools Programme which is expected to run in 40 schools in the 10 regions of the Caribbean where the Sandals Foundation operates. The programme was launched at Beaches Ocho Rios last month. Local News Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT 5 Sea Creatures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/5-Sea-Creatures_19230641 SPACE isn't the only new frontier. There is still a lot of exploring to do on our own planet. Just a few years ago it was estimated that up to two-thirds of the plant and animal species in the world's oceans may be undiscovered. Here are five sea creatures that were only discovered in the past 10 years. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Welcoming migratory birds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Welcoming-migratory-birds_19232296 BIRD lovers young and old, professional and amateur, are gearing up for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and a host of related activities this month, starting this Saturday, October 10. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fuel from seawater? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Fuel-from-seawater-_19231812 RESEARCHERS at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have reportedly developed a sea-water-into-fuel technology by extracting carbon dioxide from sea water while simultaneously producing hydrogen, and then converting the gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT