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 Portland Bight is 15! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Portland-Bight-is-15-_16509546 The much-talked about Portland Bight marked its 15th anniversary as a declared protected area yesterday, observed globally as Earth Day. Local Environmental Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Here's to mother earth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Here-s-to-mother-earth_16509412 According to statistics from the United Nations, over a billion people in 190 countries take action for Mother Earth on April 22 every year. From San Francisco to San Juan, Beijing to Brussels, Moscow to Marrakesh, people plant trees, say prayers, and clean up their communities — all on behalf of the environment. The aim is to promote a sustainable environment by conserving natural resources, while spreading awareness about the importance of same. Local Environmental Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Regional workshop on biosafety opens in Dominica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Regional-workshop-on-biosafety-opens-in-Dominica_16473200 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — A three-day regional workshop on the environmental risk assessment in biosafety began here Monday as the region prepares to participate in two important international environmental conferences later this year. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT US$45B from green economy? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-45B-from-green-economy-_16473332 NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenya's transition to a green economy could produce major economic benefits -- equivalent to an estimated US$45 billion by 2030 — as well as greater food security, a cleaner environment and higher productivity of natural resources, according to a new study launched yesterday by the Government of Kenya and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). Local Environmental Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Japan anti-whaling ruling saves face http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Japan-anti-whaling-ruling-saves-face_16457279 The international court ruling against Japanese whaling two weeks ago may have given the Government a convenient political out. Local Opinion Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT UN panel shows who's responsible for CO2 emissions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UN-panel-shows-who-s-responsible-for-CO2-emissions_16456920 BERLIN (AP) — The UN's expert panel on climate change is preparing a new report this weekend outlining the cuts in greenhouse gases, mainly CO2 from the burning of fossil fuels, required in coming decades to keep global warming in check. Local Business Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT ‘Thank God fi seaside’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Thank-God-fi-seaside-_16436709 KAREN Miller has been able to school her children, the eldest of whom is now enrolled in university, with money earned from plying the wares of the sea. So has Una Harrison, a man identified only as 'mice' and numerous other residents of Old Harbour Bay in St Catherine. Local Environmental Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Wild climate ride only just beginning' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Wild-climate-ride-only-just-beginning-_16387258 YOKOHAMA, Japan - Global warming is driving humanity toward a whole new level of many risks, a UN scientific panel reports, warning that the wild climate ride has only just begun. Local Environmental Wed, 02 Apr 2014 02:00:00 GMT Plastic separation project in seven ministries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Plastic-separation-project-in-seven-ministries_16377154 Beginning tomorrow, a plastic separation initiative is to be launched in seven Government ministries, as part of plans to effectively manage the nation's solid waste. Local News Mon, 31 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Jacobs commends Ja http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jacobs-commends-Ja_16333767 JAMAICA has won commendation from international engineering and scientific services provider Jacobs UK for taking steps at the policy level to mitigate climate change. Local Environmental Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Say 'forest', not 'bush'! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Say--forest---not--bush--_16331454 IF you're like the average Jamaican, you use the word 'bush' to denote any area of wild or un-manicured greenery. Local Environmental Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cost survey to compare Goat Islands with Kingston Harbour http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Cost-survey-to-compare-Goat-Islands-with-Kingston-Harbour_16317640 SALT RIVER, Clarendon — The Caribbean Coastal Area Management (C-CAM) Foundation is raising funds to hire an international firm to conduct a study on the cost effectiveness of developing a port at Goat Islands as against the Kingston Harbour. Local Environmental Wed, 26 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Smallest Canary island is first territory to be fully powered by renewable energy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Smallest-Canary-island-is-first-territory-to-be-fully-powered-by-renewable-energy_16314848 A Spanish island hopes to become the first in the world fully powered by renewable energy later this year when it launches a new wind and water energy plant, a spokeswoman said yesterday. Local Business Fri, 21 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Gov't establishes network to implement climate change provisions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Gov-t-establishes-network-to-implement-climate-change-provisions_16308272 A Focal Point Network has been established to support the Government's implementation of provisions under the Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan across the public sector and the wider society. Local News Thu, 20 Mar 2014 01:00:00 GMT Tourism threat! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Tourism-threat-_16302748 ALTHOUGH the impact of climate change is not expected to be felt in any significant way in Jamaica until sometime between 2050 and 2080, already there are worrying signs in western Jamaica that the country's tourism product is at risk. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT C-CAM stages 'green' 5K event http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/C-CAM-stages--green--5K-event_16272945 THE Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), the non-governmental organisation that manages the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) on behalf of the Government of Jamaica, will stage a 'green' 5K walk/run on April 27 to raise funds for its work and to bring awareness to the importance of good environmental practices. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Iguanas released http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Iguanas-released_16296268 A group of iguanas at one of two known communal nest sites in the Hellshire Hills after being released there last Wednesday, March 12. A total of 29 of the endemic reptiles were released, bringing the total number to be repatriated since 1996 to 255. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Mar 2014 02:00:00 GMT Riverton burns... again http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Riverton-burns----again_16284069 FIREFIGHTERS were yesterday challenged by a lack of water as they worked tirelessly to contain and extinguish a massive inferno at the Riverton City Landfill in western St Andrew. Local News Mon, 17 Mar 2014 01:00:00 GMT Lifeline for Portland coast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Lifeline-Portland-coast_16243089 LIKE he has been doing for years, Portland fisherman Dennis Nichols swam out into the famous Blue Lagoon Sunday morning hoping to spear a catch. But by the time he had reached San San Bay, half a mile later, he had nothing to show for his troubles. Local Environmental Wed, 12 Mar 2014 03:50:00 GMT Gotcha! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Gotcha-_16198675 CONSERVATIONISTS said Wednesday that they have launched a shark-saving campaign in the Caribbean country of Trinidad & Tobago, trying to stop locals and tourists from eating a popular delicacy: deep-fried shark sandwiches. International Fri, 07 Mar 2014 01:00:00 GMT Bats good for pest control http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Pest-control_16180647 Plagued by mosquitoes? You might want to consider getting a bat. Local Environmental Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:00:00 GMT A 'green' family http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/A--green--family_16154911 FOR the Dixons, going 'green' is much more than talk; it is a passion put ardently into practice. Local Environmental Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:51:00 GMT 2014 Environment Calendar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/2014-Environment-Calendar_16018785 March 21 International Day of Forests Local Environmental Wed, 05 Mar 2014 03:00:00 GMT Davies: Goat Islands project needs another five years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Davies--Goat-Islands-project-needs-another-five-years_16149276 MINISTER of Transport, Works and Housing Dr Omar Davies says there is no likelihood of China's proposed Goat Islands investment coming on stream within five years. General News Fri, 28 Feb 2014 01:00:00 GMT Ocean energy of interest to Barbados and the region http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ocean-energy-of-interest-to-Barbados-and-the-region_16147514 WHILE the Caribbean may not be rich in traditional petroleum energy resources, the evolution of renewable energy has revealed that the region possesses an abundance of another valuable source - water. Local Business Fri, 28 Feb 2014 03:00:00 GMT