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 Coral nursery success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coral-nursery-success_71723 Three months ahead of the formal end of its quest to identify and grow resilient coral species with a view to restoring declining reefs around the island, The University of the West Indies (UWI) is declaring success. Local Environment Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Belize cashes in excess rainfall insurance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Belize-cashes-in-excess-rainfall-insurance-_71707 Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) paid US$261,073 to the Government of Belize under its excess rainfall insurance policy last Thursday, two weeks after heavy rains brought by Hurricane Earl drenched the country on August 4 and 5. Local Environment Wed, 24 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Climate Change strategy critical to poverty reduction — IDB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-Change-strategy-critical-to-poverty-reduction---IDB_70971 DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — For the past two-and-a-half years, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has spent upwards of US$660,000 growing coral in two locations in Jamaica and one site in Belize. Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Senior citizens install solar water heater http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Senior-citizens-install-solar-water-heater_68554 The Rolph Grant Senior Citizens’ Home has seen its electricity bills fall by more than 40 per cent as a result of its energy conservation programme bolstered by the installation of a solar water heater system partially funded by a $500,000 contribution from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Markets, infirmaries to use Zero Energy Building technologies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Markets--infirmaries-to-use-Zero-Energy-Building-technologies_70820 Government has plans to use Zero Energy Building (ZEB) technology in the construction of markets and infirmaries in the island, according to Minister of Local Government & Community Development Desmond McKenzie Local Environment Wed, 17 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT RADA makes fresh move to push cassava pancake mix http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/RADA-makes-fresh-move-to-push-cassava-pancake-mix_70289 The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has joined a growing list of entities using cassava to produce by-products for consumers. Local Environment Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Fertigation Tips http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Fertigation-Tips_69937 FERTIGATION Local Environment Tue, 16 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Old Fort Bay mess http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/PHOTO--Old-Fort-Bay-mess_70418 Jamaicans and visitors clean the beach at Old Fort Bay in St Ann yesterday after garbage and other debris were washed into the sea by heavy rainfall Wednesday night. The beach has been in the news since Sunday when the Jamaica Observer reported that Old Fort Bay property owners have blamed the north-south link of Highway 2000 for the environmental damage to the bay. They have appealed to the public defender to intervene in a dispute about the damage they are having with China Harbour Engineering Company, the builders of the highway. Inset gives a closer look at the garbage the was cleaned from the sea at Old Fort Bay yesterday. Local News Fri, 12 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT LAC progresses towards regional agreement on environmental matters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/LAC-progresses-towards-regional-agreement-on-environmental-matters-_70068 Delegates from 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries which signed the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development began a four-day meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday to boost negotiations of a regional agreement. Local Environment Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Enviro news briefs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Enviro-news-briefs_70044 Negril Hosts Erosion Solution Talks Local Environment Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Uganda going solar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Uganda-going-solar_70050 SOROTI, Uganda (AP) — In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometres to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones. Local Environment Wed, 10 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Nature’s 2016 resource ‘budget’ already used up — report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Nature-s-2016-resource--budget--already-used-up---report_69786 PARIS, France (AFP) — In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year’s allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air — the quickest rate yet, according to a new report. Local News Mon, 08 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean fishing industry at risk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-fishing-industry-at-risk_69808 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The lead researcher at a US-based environmental research unit has called for urgent action to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in the Caribbean. Local News Mon, 08 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT JET wants Gov’t to rethink proposed coal plant for Alpart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-wants-Gov---t-to-rethink-proposed-coal-plant-for-Alpart-------_69419 THE Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has hit out against a plan for a 1,000-megawatt coal-fired plant to power the Alpart alumina refinery in Nain, St Elizabeth, which was recently acquired by China-based Jiuquan Iron and Steel (Group) Company Ltd (JISCo) from Russian mining company UC Rusal. Local News Fri, 05 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT UN agency: Climate change a threat to basis of food security in Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UN-agency--Climate-change-a-threat-to-basis-of-food-security-in-Caribbean-------_69511 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic (CMC) — Two United Nations agencies and an inter-governmental organisation have warned that climate change threatens agriculture, which is the basis of food security in Latin America and the Caribbean. Local News Fri, 05 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT JET goes STUSH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-goes-STUSH_69307 Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) took its 25th anniversary celebration to the bush two Sundays ago, hosting a fund-raising dining event at Stush in the Bush in Free Hill, St Ann, under the theme ‘Love Where you Live’. Here is a snapshot of some of those who attended and a glimpse of the (mostly) organic fare. Local Environment Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:00:00 GMT NSWMA undertakes plastic bottle recycling project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NSWMA-undertakes-plastic-bottle-recycling-project-_69088 The National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) says it will undertake a $7.5-million recycling pilot project in three communities, beginning in August. Local News Mon, 01 Aug 2016 02:00:00 GMT New species of scorpionfish found in Caribbean Sea http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/New-species-of-scorpionfish-found-in-C---bean-Sea-------_68706 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — Scientists have discovered a new species of the vibrantly coloured scorpionfish in the Caribbean Sea. Local News Fri, 29 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Love where you live http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Love-where-you-live_68487 Roughly hewn tables spread with locally grown, organic fare under a canopy of naseberry trees; home-made appetisers served in bamboo boats; and enviable views of both the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Local Environment Wed, 27 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamin — Students restore local mangrove forests http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamin---Students-restore-local-mangrove-forests_67269 The following is an edited version of a blog called Planting the Seed by Amy Heemsoth, the Director of Education for the Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation. The original version is to be published on the foundation’s website tomorrow, Thursday July 21. Local Environment Wed, 20 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT ISA gets PaperSmart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ISA-gets-PaperSmart_66983 There was visibly less paper at the opening of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 22nd session at the Jamaica Conference Centre yesterday. Local Environment Wed, 13 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT USAID offers solar project financing training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/USAID-offers-solar-project-financing-training_66984 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a solar photovoltaic workshop in Kingston at the beginning of the month to help local organisations hurdle the barriers to financing solar energy projects. Local Environment Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:00:00 GMT Don’t feed the plastic monster! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Don-t-feed-the-plastic-monster-_66208 The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) unveiled an 8-ft plastic monster at its Cross Roads head office last Friday to signal the start of a push towards the use of re-usable shopping bags as opposed to single-use plastic ones. Local Environment Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Save the parrotfish! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Save-the-parrotfish-_66229 Calls for a ban on parrotfish appear to be gaining traction in the island, with Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI’s) launch today of a region-wide campaign called Save the Parrotfish, Save Our Islands. Local Environment Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica’s energy policy: Obstruction or boost to wind and solar? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-s-energy-policy--Obstruction-or-boost-to-wind-and-solar-_65002 The greatest advocate for low-cost solar and wind energy ought to be Government. Government could lead the transformation by example, mandating that all government-owned and -operated buildings, as well as the two international airports be powered by renewables. This, in addition to other measures articulated in my five previous pieces — including changing the power bidding policy-mandate to emphasise savings of fuel importation ahead of lowest cost of power, legalising income-producing crowd-funding for renewable projects by approved non-bank entities, and creating foreign exchange renewable energy investor accounts for taxpayers — would undoubtedly build investor confidence and attract low-cost capital. Other smaller policies are needed, but space does not permit. Local Environment Wed, 29 Jun 2016 00:00:00 GMT