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 What a waste! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-a-waste-_86195 If you have been using East Avenue, Maxfield Avenue, and Waltham Park Road over the last two months or so, you would have noticed sets of green, blue and lavender bins at different points along the road. Local Environment Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Study: Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Study--Climate-change-will-lead-to-annual-coral-bleaching-in-the-Caribbean_85841 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new study has predicted that if current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs, including many in the Caribbean, will suffer severe bleaching — the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems — on annual basis. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Regional group welcomes conclusion of regulatory project for CARIFORUM countries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Regional-group-welcomes-conclusion-of-regulatory-project-for-CARIFORUM-countries_85836 BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) —The Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it has successfully completed a project aimed at helping Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries to improve the safety of fish and fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and several activities. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Huge Antarctic ice block set to break off — scientists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Huge-Antarctic-ice-block-set-to-break-off---scientists_85860 PARIS, France (AFP) — A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported yesterday. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 17 ways to be good to Mother Earth (and yourself) in 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/17-ways-to-be-good-to-Mother-Earth--and-yourself--in-2017_85505 What better commitment to make at the start of the year than taking better care of the planet we call home, and in turn taking care of ourselves? Local Environment Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT ‘Wattway’ opens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Wattway--opens-_84596 France on Thursday inaugurated the world’s first “solar highway” in the small Normandy town of Tourouvre. Local Environment Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT 66-lb turtle returned to ocean after rehab in Florida http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/66-lb-turtle-returned-to-ocean-after-rehab-in-Florida_84882 JUNO BEACH, Florida (AP) — Dozens of animal lovers gathered on Juno Beach yesterday morning to watch Nicklen, a 66-pound loggerhead sea turtle, being released into the Atlantic Ocean Local Environment Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Energy companies plan to boost wind generation in New Mexico http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Energy-companies-plan-to-boost-wind-generation-in-New-Mexico_84883 ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Energy companies are expected to double the generating capacity of wind farms in eastern New Mexico over the next few years, thanks in part to federal subsidies and improvements in technology. Local Environment Wed, 28 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Don’t buy protected animals as gifts — NEPA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Don-t-buy-protected-animals-as-gifts---NEPA_84598 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning members of the public who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season to be careful not to buy protected species. Local News Sat, 24 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Oklahoma warns of more quakes from energy drilling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Oklahoma-warns-of-more-quakes-from-energy-drilling_84325 OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) — Oklahoma regulators said yesterday that the number of induced earthquakes could increase as oil and gas production expands in a broad area of the state, and they’re telling energy companies that they need to be ready to shut down if a temblor exceeds magnitude 3.5. Local Environment Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Billions available for climate change but...’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Billions-available-for-climate-change-but----_79151 Island states, which climate scientists have repeatedly said are more at risk from increased flooding, higher rates of beach erosion and eventual submersion by the sea as a result of more severe weather events brought on by climate change, could save themselves and their populations by tapping into the funds available for mitigation of and adaptation to the stresses. Local Environment Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Small countries most vulnerable to warming climate, IMF warns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Small-countries-most-vulnerable-to-warming-climate--IMF-warns_83779 WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) – The world’s smallest countries are highly vulnerable to climate change and should work to adapt as sea levels rise and storms grow more frequent, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report released Monday. Local News Fri, 16 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Jamaica dedicates Dolphin Head Forest Reserve to Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-dedicates-Dolphin-Head-Forest-Reserve-to-Queen-s-Commonwealth-Canopy-_83560 The Forestry Department has reported that it, on the behalf of the Government of Jamaica, has dedicated Dolphin Head Forest Reserve in western Jamaica as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project. Local Environment Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jennifer Layke to advise incoming secretary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jennifer-Layke-to-advise-incoming-secretary_83542 WASHINGTON, USA (WRI) — According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will select Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, and twice ran for president of the United States. Local Environment Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT VTDI to help schools go solar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/VTDI-to-help-schools-go-solar_83556 The tertiary arm of the HEART Trust/NTA, Vocational Training Development Institute (VTDI), is forging several partnerships with schools to encourage the use of alternative energy resources. Local Environment Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT UN Environment launches office in Kingston http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UN-Environment-launches-office-in-Kingston_82801 The United Nations’ environment agency, which is now styled United Nations (UN) Environment, says Jamaica was the best location for its Caribbean office, formally opened in Kingston last week. Local Environment Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Google hits renewable energy goal in quest to pare pollution http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Google-hits-renewable-energy-goal-in-quest-to-pare-pollution_82828 SAN FRANCISCO, USA (AP) — Google is crossing a milestone in its quest to reduce pollution caused by its digital services that devour massive amounts of electricity. Local Environment Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Arctic sea ice hits record monthly low for 7th time in 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Arctic-sea-ice-hits-record-monthly-low-for-7th-time-in-2016_82827 WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Though this is the time the Arctic is supposed to be refreezing, scientists say sea ice there hit record low levels for November. In the crucial Barents Sea, floating ice decreased when it would be expected to grow. Local Environment Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:00:00 GMT Higher temperatures could mean economic decline — IPCC http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Higher-temperatures-could-mean-economic-decline---IPCC_82231 THE world economy stands to recede if global temperatures continue to rise. Local News Sat, 03 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT 53-pound alligator snapping turtle saved http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/53-pound-alligator-snapping-turtle-saved_82214 TEXAS, USA (AP) — A 53-pound alligator snapping turtle is recovering at a Houston wildlife rehabilitation centre after fire-rescue crews saved it from a drainage pipe. Local News Fri, 02 Dec 2016 03:00:00 GMT Dairy cows to combat global warming? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dairy-cows-to-combat-global-warming-_82083 GALT, California (AP) — California is taking its fight against global warming to the farm. Local Environment Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT GOJ, UWI host Inter-Governmental Panel on Climate Change on Caribbean visit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/GOJ--UWI-host-Inter-Governmental-Panel-on-Climate-Change-on-Caribbean-visit_82071 The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation and the University of the West Indies are this week playing hosts to the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) –the world body that assesses the science related to climate change – in a Caribbean outreach event that forms part of Climate Change AwarenessWeek. Local Environment Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Oil spill in Kingston Harbour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Oil-spill-in-Kingston-Harbour_81689 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) was yesterday investigating a report of an oil spill in the Kingston Harbour which occurred Thursday afternoon. Local News Sat, 26 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean countries get financial help to fight climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-countries-get-financial-help-to-fight-climate-change_81410 BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) — The Belize-based Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC or 5Cs) has launched a multimillion-dollar climate change adaptation programme (CCAP) which it said will boost climate-resilient development and reduce climate change induced-risks to human and natural assets in 10 Caribbean countries. Local News Thu, 24 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT JetBlue airs onboard video http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JetBlue-airs-onboard-video_81363 NEW YORK, USA — The US Fish and Wildlife Service and the US Wildlife Trafficking Alliance are educating travellers about how to “buy informed” and travel smart to the Caribbean. The agencies have partnered with JetBlue to air a short film on all flights informing customers of the role they play in protecting Caribbean wildlife and preserving the region’s beauty. The video, featuring local Caribbean conservation heroes, will arm travellers with the right questions to ask when purchasing wildlife and plant-related products. Local Environment Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:00:00 GMT