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 'Chainsaw Queen' rejects environmentalists' criticism http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Chainsaw-Queen--rejects-environmentalists--criticism_18300981 BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — New Agriculture Minister Katia Abreu, nicknamed the "chainsaw queen" by Brazilian environmentalists for what they call her promotion of deforestation, strongly rejected the criticism Thursday, calling it sexist since she's the first woman to hold that post. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT The Monarchs are back! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/The-Monarchs-are-back-_18301031 MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — The number of Monarch butterflies that reached wintering grounds in Mexico has rebounded 69 per cent from last year's lowest-on-record levels, but their numbers remain very low, according to the World Wildlife Fund. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT A green energy blueprint's vision, unmet in Liberia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/A-green-energy-blueprint-s-vision--unmet-in-Liberia_18300859 On paper, the pitch was simple. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Brrrrrr! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Brrrrrr-_18301343 NORTHEAST US - A howling blizzard with wind gusts over 70 mph heaped snow on the Boston area along with other stretches of lower New England and Long Island yesterday but failed to live up to the hype in Philadelphia and New York City, where buses and subways started rolling again in the morning. Local Environmental Wed, 28 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Climate change brings world closer to 'doomsday', say scientists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-change-brings-world-closer-to--doomsday---say-scientists_18278087 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (AFP) — Climate change and the danger of nuclear war pose an ever-growing threat to civilisation and are bringing the world closer to doomsday, a group of prominent scientists and Nobel laureates said Thursday. Local News Mon, 26 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT UN-Habitat slum upgrading project moves into phase two http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UN-Habitat-slum-upgrading-project-moves-into-phase-two_18265442 THE Government is set to launch Phase Two of the UN-Habitat's Participatory slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP 2) Local News Fri, 23 Jan 2015 00:00:00 GMT Paulwell reports strong support for renewable energy policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Paulwell-reports-strong-support-for-renewable-energy-policy_18247060 ENERGY Minister Phillip Paulwell says Government's policy shift on alternative energy, including the provision of incentives, is resulting in greater use of and investments in renewable options. Local News Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT Solar plane set for landmark flight around the world http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Solar-plane-set-for-landmark-flight-around-the-world-_18247035 ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AFP) - A plane with the top speed of a homing pigeon is set to embark on a landmark round-the-world flight powered only by the sun's energy, organisers said yesterday. Local Business Wed, 21 Jan 2015 02:00:00 GMT CES exhibits get recycled http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/CES-exhibits-get-recycled_18216110 LAS VEGAS, USA (AP) — As exhibitors at the International CES showcase for consumer electronics packed up their booths last week, workers were just getting started recycling what was left behind. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Biodegradable urns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Biodegradable-urns_18216238 Would you go green with this environmentally friendly burial option? Spanish-based design company Estudimoline created the Bios Urn to transform your loved one from this life to the other through nature. Bios Urn is a an eco-friendly, fully biodegradable urn which contains a tree seed. Inside the Bios Urn: the top capsule is built to facilitate the growth of the seed - separated from the ashes. Before burying the urn you have to mix the components with some soil from where you want to plant the urn - to facilitate proper germination. When the urn starts to biodegrade the root from the seeds would already be advanced enough to sprout on the ashes and develop into a tree. As the process of biodegradation takes place the urn and its contents merge into the sub-soil. The biodegrading urn acts as fertiliser; literally growing a living memorial to your loved one. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Biden to host Caribbean leaders for energy summit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Biden-to-host-Caribbean-leaders-for-energy-summit_18216159 WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden plans to convene heads of state from Caribbean nations in Washington to discuss energy issues. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT Scientists: Great Lakes teeming with tiny plastic fibres http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Scientists--Great-Lakes-teeming-with-tiny-plastic-fibres_18216121 TRAVERSE CITY, USA (AP) — Scientists who have reported that the Great Lakes are awash in tiny bits of plastic are raising new alarms about a little-noticed form of the debris turning up in sampling nets: synthetic fibres from garments, cleaning cloths and other consumer products. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Florida divers capture non-native surgeonfish to protect reef http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Florida-divers-capture-non-native-surgeonfish-to-protect-reef_18216103 WEST PALM BEACH, USA (AP) - After spotting a surgeonfish off the coast of South Florida, two scuba divers caught the invasive species and sent it to conservationists in an effort to help protect coral reefs. Local Environmental Wed, 14 Jan 2015 01:00:00 GMT St Mary police trained in environmental laws http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/St-Mary-police-trained-in-environmental-laws_18159862 ENVIRONMENTAL enforcement in St Mary has been bolstered with the recent training of 40 police officers from 11 police stations in the parish through efforts by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Local News Mon, 05 Jan 2015 03:00:00 GMT Geothermal energy can boost C'bbean economies, says World Bank http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Geothermal-energy-can-boost-C-bbean-economies--says-World-Bank_18146713 WASHINGTON, USA (CMC) --The World Bank says a multi-donor initiative, led by its Energy Sector Management Assistance Programme (ESMAP), has mobilised US$235 million through the Clean Technology Fund towards scaling up geothermal energy in developing countries, including the Caribbean, since it was launched a year and a half ago. Local News Mon, 29 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Japan’s initiative against climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Japan-s-initiative-against-climate-change_18149226 This is the third in a series on ways in which Japan is working to improve the environment, boost climate change General News Sun, 28 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT War brews in Negril http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/War-brews-in-Negril_18130382 NEGRIL, Westmoreland — Chairman of the Negril Beach Restoration Committee Daniel Grizzle has promised to seek legal recourse to prevent the construction of two offshore breakwaters in the Long Bay area of Negril, Westmoreland. General News Sun, 21 Dec 2014 00:05:00 GMT 6 countries produce nearly 60% of world's CO2 emissions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/6-countries-produce-nearly-60--of-world-s-CO2-emissions_18113323 WASHINGTON, USA (AP) — Six countries produce nearly 60 per cent of global carbon dioxide emissions. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT Caricom 'heartened' by UN's call for climate financing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caricom--heartened--by-UN-s-call-for-climate-financing_18085468 LIMA, Peru (CMC) — The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) says it is "heartened" by the call of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for development finance to be linked to funding for climate change adaptation and mitigation. Local News Fri, 12 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Dominica workshop to examine citrus greening in Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dominica-workshop-to-examine-citrus-greening-in-Caribbean_18082038 ROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) — Dominica will host a three-day regional conference on the Haunglong Bing (HLB) or citrus greening disease management. Local News Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Entertainment Diary - Dec 11 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Entertainment-Diary---Dec-11-_18085676 Heineken All Star Thursdays Observer West Thu, 11 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT Government launches first recyling plant in St Mary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Government-launches-first-recyling-plant-in-St-Mary_18064887 THE Government has launched its first recycling project, which is seeking to recover some 4,690 tonnes of PET material (plastic bottles), and the creation of employment for over 3,000 persons over the next three years. Local News Mon, 08 Dec 2014 03:00:00 GMT A home and two trees http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/A-home-and-two-trees_18052067 FOOD for the Poor (FFP) has been building houses and schools for needy families and organisations for much of the last decade. As of next year, it will be adding a layer of sustainability to that effort by including two fruit trees with each building it hands over. Local Environmental Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Cautiously optimistic' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Cautiously-optimistic-_18047850 THE annual world climate change talks opened here Monday with Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cautiously optimistic that developed countries will commit to the type of financing that poor, vulnerable nations like theirs need to adapt to climate change. Local News Wed, 03 Dec 2014 01:00:00 GMT