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 'Refuse' Cay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Refuse--Cay_17415459 THE scene at Refuge Cay, some 1.5 miles off the Kingston waterfront, paints the sordid picture of Jamaica's love affair with improper garbage disposal. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-wants-more-out-of-3rd-SIDS-confab_17415468 JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Jamaica is drowning in a sea of plastics’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-is-drowning-in-a-sea-of-plastics_17397987 JOURNALISTS and development partners of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) last Thursday saw what programme director Suzanne Stanley meant when she said: "Jamaica is drowning in a sea of plastics". Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dead-floppy-drive--Kenya-recycles-global-e-waste_17403001 MACHAKOS, Kenya — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic waste the world generated last year. Financial Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT PHOTO: OVERLOADED! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/OVERLOADED-_17392039 This man was spotted in Richmond Park, Kingston, on Wednesday carrying bags with plastic bottles for recycling. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT ODPEM, CDEMA discuss ways to integrate climate risk into disaster risk management http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ODPEM--CDEMA-discuss-ways-to-integrate-climate-risk-into-disaster-risk-management_17355341 THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on Wednesday convened the first of a two-day Climate Smarting workshop intended to incorporate climate risk considerations into national disaster risk management planning. Local News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Coastal clean-up registration deadlines approach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coastal-clean-up-registration-deadlines-approach_17343083 IF you plan to host a river or beach clean-up activity on International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), you have until this Friday, August 15 to register as a site coordinator with the national coordinator of the global event -- Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Did you know that... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Did-you-know-that---_17343704 * Yesterday, August 12 was observed as World Elephant Day? Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mozambique works to break vicious cycle of environmental degradation and poverty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mozambique-works-to-break-vicious-cycle-of-environmental-degradation-and-poverty_17343643 THE coconut trees along the coastline of Zambezia -- a province in northern Mozambique, located on the south eastern end of the African continent — provide livelihood opportunities for local communities and an estimated 1.7 million people. Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/62nd-annual-staging-of-the-Denbigh-agricultural-show_17326996 Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR) Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Early to bed, early to rise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Early-to-bed--early-to-rise_17306926 Egrets bed down for the night in a clump of mangroves that line the South Negril River. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local Environmental Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT C'bbean gov'ts buy excess rainfall insurance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/C-bbean-gov-ts-buy-excess-rainfall-insurance_17306927 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced on Monday that eight of its members have purchased excess rainfall insurance coverage for the 2014/2015 policy year. Local Environmental Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Even a baby can cross it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Even-a-baby-can-cross-it_17285789 IN June 2011, Clifton 'Cliff Twang' Brown shot to fame after he gave a Television Jamaica interview at a ford when the Yallahs River was in spate, saying 'Nobody canna cross it'. Local News Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Experts meet to discuss anti-pollution strategies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Experts-meet-to-discuss-anti-pollution-strategies_17167407 IT is no secret that over 80 per cent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted by land-based sources and activities such as deforestation, untreated wastewater, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste, and litter. This affects livelihoods, people's health, island economies, and ecosystems. Local Environmental Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Scientist pushes for treated effluent to be part of water resources http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Let-s-use-wastewater_17266702 REUSING wastewater might not be able to alleviate the current crisis of water shortage and raging bush fires brought on by the prolonged dry spell being experienced across the island, but biochemist and bioprocess engineer Denise Forrest believes it ought to form part of government's water strategy for future planning. Local Environmental Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Japan-gives-Caribbean-US-15m-for-climate-change-projects_17257812 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change. Local News Tue, 29 Jul 2014 01:00:00 GMT Worst of the drought is yet to come, Pickersgill warns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Worst-of-the-drought-is-yet-to-come--Pickersgill-warns-_17211082 Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill did not speak with water in his mouth as he warned Jamaicans last night to brace for worsening drought conditions and more water restrictions. General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT What is to become of us? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-is-to-become-of-us--_17208628 Scores of fisherfolks are bittterly complaining of being hard done by, as the state-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) moves to clear a strip of fishing beach slated for development as a marina and entertainment complex, on the old Forum Hotel property in Portmore, St Catherine. General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Riverton Meadows plagued by raw sewage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Riverton-Meadows-plagued-by-raw-sewage_17197212 RESIDENTS of Riverton Meadows in western St Andrew say they have been paying up to $9,000 bimonthly to clear their sewer systems. Local Environment Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Coal does not have a future' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Coal-does-not-have-a-future-_17187600 JAMAICA'S private sector was yesterday warned not to allow coal-fired plants into the country's energy mix as they are financially and environmentally unsustainable. Local News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT ISA issues two new contracts for exploration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ISA-issues-two-new-contracts-for-exploration_17186970 AS of May this year, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had issued 16 contracts for exploration of the deep seabed, covering some 900,000 km2 in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Local News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT OVER-FISHING for conservation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Over-Fishing--for-conservation_17043823 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — Comfort Suites Grand Cayman, which is franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc is working to help rid the Cayman Islands waters of the invasive lionfish introduced to the Caribbean from the Asia-Pacific region. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'I won't stop eat parrot' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-I-won-t-stop-eat-parrot-_17173308 Jamaicans at home and abroad have reacted strongly to the proposal that the parrotfish be banned in order to restore the island's corla reefs and beaches. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hidden in plain sight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Hidden-in-plain-sight_17149240 THE Jamaica Conference Centre and its location on Kingston's waterfront are not unfamiliar to most people. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) secretariat, on the other hand, although it's on the same compound and sits right next to the centre, is Greek to most people, even Kingstonians. Local Environment Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Warning for Caribbean countries as sea level continues to rise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Warning-for-Caribbean-countries-as-sea-level-continues-to-rise-_17145077 ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Track of the Public Health Department of St George's University is predicting a bleak future for the Caribbean amid concerns that the rate of sea level rises beyond the anticipated three millimetres mark. Local News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT