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 Wray & Nephew’s US$7-M Wastewater Plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wray---Nephew-s-US-7-M-Wastewater-Plan_75356 With its tufts of brown grass interspersed by patches of bare, parched earth, the football field at Wray & Nephew’s Spanish Town Road complex has certainly seen better days. But there is a rescue plan afoot for the plot which offers diversion for scores of employees. Local Environment Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse grooming young reefers, forest keepers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-Whitehouse-grooming-young-reefers--forest-keepers_75041 SANDALS Whitehouse has taken a bold move towards environmental preservation by inducting 21 impressionable young minds into its Reef and Forest Keepers Club — part of a pilot programme geared at creating future environmental stewards and encouraging a love for the outdoors. Local Environment Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Climate change dominates opening of 71st session of UN Assembly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-change-dominates-opening-of-71st-session-of-UN-Assembly_74769 NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) kicked off on Tuesday here with more than 140 heads of state and government and a yearly tradition of speeches made to the 193 member states of the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Local News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Guy Harvey in Jamaica for 30th anniversary documentary, MoBay Marlin Tournament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Guy-Harvey-in-Jamaica-for-30th-anniversary-documentary--MoBay-Marlin-Tournament_74866 German-born, Jamaican-raised conservationist, artist and marine biologist Guy Harvey is now in Jamaica to participate in the 55th Montego Bay Annual International Marlin Tournament and to continue documenting his life’s work in both the art and marine life industries. Local News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT CDB exec says region must find new ways to manage marine resources http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/CDB-exec-says-region-must-find-new-ways-to-manage-marine-resources_74765 BRIDGETOWN,Barbados (CMC) — A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says regional countries need to find new, efficient and sustainable approaches to managing terrestrial and marine resources. Local News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT International Clean-up Day working in the west http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/International-Clean-up-Day-working-in-the-west_74803 LUCEA, Hanover — Project manager at the Rotary Club of Lucea Mervin Spence says it appears that residents of Lucea and its environs are becoming more conscious about the need for a clean environment. Local Environment Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 16,000 lbs of garbage! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/16-000-lbs-of-garbage-_74644 Volunteers from corporate companies, schools, social clubs, etc, who worked the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston on Saturday morning — observed around the world as International Coastal Cleanup — carted off 1,100 bags of garbage weighing some 16,000 lbs, according to initial estimates from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Local Environment Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Hellshire Beach clean-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Hellshire-Beach-clean-up_74442 Claudine McCalla Miller (centre) Scotiabank director, employee consultation explains to a group of Scotia volunteers the serious impact of plastic on marine life and the ecosystem. McCalla Miller was at the start of the beach clean-up at Hellshire Beach on Saturday. (Photo: Collin Reid) Local News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT ‘Land of soda bottles and styrofoam boxes’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Land-of-soda-bottles-and-styrofoam-boxes-_73777 Just days ahead of International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day this Saturday, when thousands of volunteers will work to clear 142 beach and underwater sites across the island of garbage, one private sector manager is deploring the act of irresponsible garbage disposal, while urging Jamaicans at large to support the one-day initiative. Local Environment Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean Sea earns US$400B a year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-Sea-earns-US-400B-a-year_73840 A World Bank report released yesterday has put the economic value of the Caribbean Sea to the region — to include all its services, from fishing, transport, trade, tourism, mining, waste disposal, energy, carbon sequestration and drug development — at US$407 billion per year based on 2012 data, or just shy of 18 per cent of the region’s total GDP. Local Environment Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Deadline for CCIC Accelerator programme is Sept 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Deadline-for-CCIC-Accelerator-programme-is-Sept-9_73191 APPLICATIONS for the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Accelerator Programme will close on Friday, September 9. Local News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Trash free waters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Trash-free-waters_73125 The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recently launc Local News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Giant panda no longer endangered, experts say http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Giant-panda-no-longer-endangered--experts-say_73076 BEIJING, China (AP) — A leading international group has taken the giant panda off its endangered list, thanks to decades of conservation efforts, but China’s Government discounted the move on Monday, saying it did not view the status of the country’s beloved symbol as any less serious. Local News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Let’s save the parrotfish http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Let-s-save-the-parrotfish_73155 From left) Environment, health and safety managers at Sandals Resorts International Vilma Smith and Danielle Kitson; Xavier Sterling, member of the Reef Keeper Environmental Club; Sandals Whitehouse Marine Sanctuary manager, Diego Salmon; Environmental Sciences Lecturer at the University of Technology, Christine O’Sullivan; and Haveland Honeyghan of the Gilling’s Gully Fisherman’s Co-operative were among 26 attendees at a recently held parrotfish training session hosted by Sandals Whitehouse’s Environment, Health and Safety Department. The session, one of several to be conducted under Sandals Resorts International’s ‘Save the Parrotfish, Save Our Islands’ campaign, allowed attendees to discuss the issue of the declining parrotfish population and share ideas on the possible steps to be taken to regulate the fishing industry and save the parrotfish. Kitson shared information on the important role of the parrotfish in protecting and preserving our coastal and marine resources and fielded questions from fishermen, students, marine wardens and members of the Reef Keepers Club. Local News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Eastern gorilla gets added to critically endangered list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Eastern-gorilla-gets-added-to-critically-endangered-list-------_73044 HONOLULU, USA (AP) — The world’s largest living primate has been listed as critically endangered, making four of the six great ape species only one step away from extinction, according to a report released Sunday at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii. Local Environment Wed, 07 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT NSWMA clamps down on illegal August Town dump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NSWMA-clamps-down-on-illegal-August-Town-dump_72632 THE National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says it will be taking immediate steps to put a stop to activities at the site of an illegal dump in Bedward Gardens in August Town, St Andrew. Local News Fri, 02 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT 22 per cent of forests lost in 14 years   http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/22-per-cent-of-forests-lost-in-14-years_72487 Drought in Sao Paulo. Flooding in the Himalayas. And pollution in Sumatra. These three distinct water crises have a common cause — degradation in forests. Local Environment Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Saving the Parrotfish: An opportunity for science to guide policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Saving-the-Parrotfish--An-opportunity-for-science-to-guide-policy_67672 It is no secret that Jamaica has one of the most overexploited fisheries in the Caribbean — indeed in the world. In fact, it is not unusual at international scientific conferences to see Jamaica’s fisheries and degraded coral reefs used as the example of a worst-case scenario when compared to other tropical countries. The fact is Jamaica has a long history of overfishing as far back as the 1970s. Local Opinion Sun, 28 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT Coral nursery success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coral-nursery-success_71723 Three months ahead of the formal end of its quest to identify and grow resilient coral species with a view to restoring declining reefs around the island, The University of the West Indies (UWI) is declaring success. Local Environment Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Belize cashes in excess rainfall insurance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Belize-cashes-in-excess-rainfall-insurance-_71707 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) paid US$261,073 to the Government of Belize under its excess rainfall insurance policy last Thursday, two weeks after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Earl drenched the country on August 4 and 5. Local Environment Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Climate Change strategy critical to poverty reduction — IDB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-Change-strategy-critical-to-poverty-reduction---IDB_70971 DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — For the past two-and-a-half years, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has spent upwards of US$660,000 growing coral in two locations in Jamaica and one site in Belize. Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Senior citizens install solar water heater http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Senior-citizens-install-solar-water-heater_68554 The Rolph Grant Senior Citizens’ Home has seen its electricity bills fall by more than 40 per cent as a result of its energy conservation programme bolstered by the installation of a solar water heater system partially funded by a $500,000 contribution from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Markets, infirmaries to use Zero Energy Building technologies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Markets--infirmaries-to-use-Zero-Energy-Building-technologies_70820 Government has plans to use Zero Energy Building (ZEB) technology in the construction of markets and infirmaries in the island, according to Minister of Local Government & Community Development Desmond McKenzie Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT RADA makes fresh move to push cassava pancake mix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/RADA-makes-fresh-move-to-push-cassava-pancake-mix_70289 The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has joined a growing list of entities using cassava to produce by-products for consumers. Local Environment Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fertigation Tips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Fertigation-Tips_69937 FERTIGATION Local Environment Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT