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 NRCA ready to promote reduction in plastics, styrofoam use http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NRCA-ready-to-promote-reduction-in-plastics--styrofoam-use_59217 THE Natural Resources Conservation Authority (NRCA)is preparing to start dialogue with manufacturers of non-biodegradable plastics and styrofoam products to discuss plans to stop their production locally, and replace them with environmentally friendly options. Local News Fri, 29 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Forestry Department facilitates planting of 2,000 trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Forestry-Department-facilitates-planting-of-2-000-trees_58974 The Forestry Department is reporting that, along with several partners, it saw to the planting of more than 2,000 trees across the island in observance of Earth Day last Friday. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals plants 1,500 trees across Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-plants-1-500-trees-across-Caribbean_58969 Fifteen Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Terrariums for Earth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Terrariums-for-Earth_59050 The Jamaica Observer continued with its Earth Day awards to some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients yesterday, gifting Lasco Distributors, Island Grill, and Courts Jamaica with terrariums — gardens of, in this case, succulents and cacti, in glass jars. Earth Day was observed globally last Friday under the theme ‘Trees for the Earth’. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Making Earth Day 2016 count — The Panos Caribbean story http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Making-Earth-Day-2016-count---The-Panos-Caribbean-story_59055 PANOS Caribbean team members, together with artistes from the organisation’s Voices for Climate Change Education Project, worked collaboratively to make Earth Day 2016 count — they have planted trees. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Anti-litter fines to increase — McKenzie http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Anti-litter-fines-to-increase---McKenzie_58981 Minister of Local Government and Community Development Desmond McKenzie has warned that the fines for littering are soon to be increased, taking them from the current $2000 to an amount that “hurts in the pocket”. Local Environment Wed, 27 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT Mother Earth thanks you http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mother-Earth-thanks-you_58548 In a nod to Earth Day, being celebrated across the world today, the Jamaica Observer gifted some of its environmentally conscious corporate clients with tiny potted gardens and terrariums, yesterday. Local News Fri, 22 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT No Styrofoam on Friday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/No-Styrofoam-on-Friday_58218 Lunchtime Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT How low will solar prices go? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-low-will-solar-prices-go-_58164 If the Peru and Mexico auctions are any indication, Latin American markets are establishing a new, and very low, normal for solar prices. Peru recently awarded a solar power purchase agreement (PPA) at $47.98/MWh to Enel Green Power (EGP), making headlines as the lowest PPA on record. But just weeks later, EGP beat its own a record in Mexico’s auction with a PPA price of $35.44/MWh for solar PV, and an average price for all awardees of $50.77/MWh for wind and solar. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sun, sea...and solid waste? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sun--sea---and-solid-waste-_58261 HIGH school and university students from 11 institutions are expected to present the findings of their research into the implications of improper garbage disposal on the island in an exhibition at the Terra Nova All-Suites Hotel on Friday. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT JMMB to plant 5,000 trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JMMB-to-plant-5-000-trees_58167 In observance of Earth Day, this Friday, the JMMB Group plans to plant 5,000 trees in the Corporate Area and will contribute $100 per tree planted, up to $50,000, to the Forestry Department. Local Environment Wed, 20 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT 55,000 trees in five years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/55-000-trees-in-five-years_57559 St Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT World leaders to sign Paris climate agreement on Earth Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/World-leaders-to-sign-Paris-climate-agreement-on-Earth-Day-------_57564 WASHINGTON, DC (EDN) — In just over a week, on April 22, over one billion people in 192 countries will take action to protect our shared environment. All across the globe, in big cities to small villages and everything in-between, people are organising, demanding climate action, cleaning up their local communities, meeting with their elected officials, planting trees, and teaching their children to protect our planet. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Engineers welcome net zero energy building model http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Engineers-welcome-net-zero-energy-building-model_57415 JAMAICAN engineers are keen to see how net zero energy (NZE) construction, which contribute less greenhouse gases than non-NZE buildings, can help Jamaica reduce energy consumption and reliance on the public energy grid. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT US plans to boost timber harvest in western Oregon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-plans-to-boost-timber-harvest-in-western-Oregon-_57587 OREGON, USA (AP) — The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) yesterday released its long-awaited plan for managing roughly 2.5 million acres of federal forestland in western Oregon, and counties that rely on timber for revenue quickly threatened legal action. Local Environment Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Study: Science-based regulations needed to protect region’s coral reefs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Study--Science-based-regulations-needed-to-protect-region-s-coral-reefs_56880 A new study has shown that Caribbean coral reefs are experiencing mounting pressure from global warming, local pollution and over-fishing of herbivorous fish and that fresh science-based fishery regulations are needed if coral reefs are to have a future in the face of climate change. Local News Thu, 07 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Papua New Guinea first to ratify Paris Agreement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Papua-New-Guinea_56270 Pacific island nation Papua New Guinea last week became the first country to formally submit the final version of its national climate action plan (called a Nationally Determined Contribution, or NDC) under the Paris Agreement, making its plan to transition to 100 per cent renewable energy by 2030 no longer just an “intended” nationally determined contribution (INDC) — it is now the country’s official climate plan. Local Environment Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT St Lucia builds out solar farm http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/St-Lucia-builds-out-solar-farm_56856 CASTRIES, St Lucia – St Lucia Electricity Services Limited’s (LUCELEC) Request for Proposals for the construction of a 3-megawatt (MW) solar energy farm is drawing significant interest from around the world. Local Environment Wed, 06 Apr 2016 02:00:00 GMT St Jago climate activists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/St-Jago--climate-activists_56272 Members Local Environment Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clarendon urged to protect tourist attractions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Clarendon-urged-to-protect-tourist-attractions_56605 May Pen, Clarendon — A visiting tourism expert is urging locals to protect “precious” tourist attractions in this south-central parish. Central News Mon, 04 Apr 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dominica explores new strategies to deal with maritime oil spills http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dominica-explores-new-strategies-to-deal-with-maritime-oil-spills_56183 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — A three-day National Workshop on Contingency Planning began here on Tuesday with a senior International Maritime Organisation (IMO) consultant praising the island for seeking to develop strategies to deal with oil spills. Local News Thu, 31 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Mass bleaching in Barrier Reef http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mass-bleaching-in-Barrier-Reef_56139 SYDNEY, Australia (AFP) — Aerial surveys of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef have revealed the worst bleaching on record in the icon’s pristine north, scientists said yesterday, with few corals escaping damage. Local Environment Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Vaz: Negril breakwater issue a priority for Gov’t http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Vaz--Negril-breakwater-issue-a-priority-for-Gov-t_55505 MINISTER without portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation Daryl Vaz says that the controversial Negril breakwater issue is a priority for his ministry. Local News Thu, 24 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Water and jobs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Water-and-jobs_55492 Members of the ATL Industrial Group (Appliance Traders, ATL Automotive and Jamaica Observer Ltd) cleaned Kingston’s Shipwreck Beach on March 19 in recognition of World Water Day 2016. The group collected 59 bags of refuse from the historic site and logged plastic, Styrofoam, fabric, diapers, glass and other items among the things they removed from the shoreline. Plastics and Styrofoam have been found to be especially harmful to marine life. Local Environment Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT Corporate Jamaica pledges to Nuh Dutty Up Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Corporate-Jamaica-pledges-to-Nuh-Dutty-Up-Jamaica-_54793 A conglomeration of private sector organisations, government agencies, and civil society groups have pledged to donate bins, Local Environment Wed, 23 Mar 2016 00:00:00 GMT