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 'Hunger Games' tops US chart with $123 million on opening weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Hunger-Games--tops-US-chart-with--123-million-on-opening-weekend LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie series starring Jennifer Lawrence tallied $123 million in ticket sales to top weekend box office charts, according to studio estimates. Local Environment Sun, 23 Nov 2014 12:31:43 GMT New website gives data on new developments, environment impact http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/New-website-gives-data-on-new-developments--environment-impact_17983149 JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environmental impact, following the launch last night of a new interactive website -- Development Alert! -- created by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), World Resources Institute, and the Access Initiative, with support from software developers Blue Raster of the United States. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Continue to conserve water, Pickersgill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Continue-to-conserve-water--Pickersgill_17984664 Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is urging Jamaicans to continue to conserve on their use of water and to protect the water resources close to their communities. Local News Fri, 21 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Bacteria-killing bacteria creates 95 per cent pure wastewater http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Bacteria-killing-bacteria-creates-95-per-cent-pure-wastewater_17968062 Greenville's Wastewater Treatment Plant comprises a sprawling network of pipes, above and below ground. There is also a series of tanks that filter, separate and chemically treat sewage before discharging the largely purified water into the river. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT JET kicks off Clean Coasts Project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Under-the-sea-_17925620 PLUNGING to depths of up to 60 feet and as far offshore as 500 metres, members of the Jamaica Environment Trust's (JET's) marine conservation team have been harvesting refuse from the seafloor in two tourist locations in its latest undertaking - the Clean Coasts Project. Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dutch-to-test-solar-panels-on-bicycle-path_17925970 KROMMENIE, Netherlands (AP) — A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets under way in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Million-dollar greenhouse http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Million-dollar-greenhouse-_17925618 SOWING SEEDLINGS: Sixth form student at the Manning's School in Westmoreland and regional top-scorer in the 2014 sitting of CSEC agriculture in the Caribbean Taylor McKenzie (stooping) assists head of the agriculture department at the school, Richard Washington, to sow seedlings in the institution's newly refurbished greenhouse. Observing them are a group of McKenzie's schoolmates and field officer at Food for the Poor Othneil Carby. Food For The Poor and Digicel Foundation undertook the refurbishing to the tune of $1.18 million. (PHOTO: PETRI-ANN HENRY) Local Environmental Wed, 12 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Caricom draws climate change deal red line http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caricom-draws-climate-change-deal-red-line_17891849 The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) is making it clear that it is prepared to walk out of the world climate change talks in Peru next month if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impact of climate change on the region. Local News Sun, 09 Nov 2014 01:00:00 GMT Concerns raised in St Lucia about illegal harvesting of sea urchins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Concerns-raised-in-St-Lucia-about-illegal-harvesting-of-sea-urchins_17882888 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) -- The St Lucia National Trust (SLNT) says it is becoming "increasingly concerned" about the illegal and indiscriminate harvesting of sea urchins (chadon), particularly in the southern city of Vieux Fort. Local News Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:00:00 GMT Good News for sugar cane http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Good-News-for-sugar-cane-_17875029 KING sugar, the crop on which the economies of the former British West Indian colonies were built, looks set to rebound as a major contributor to Jamaica's agriculture industry. Local Environmental Wed, 05 Nov 2014 02:00:00 GMT 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