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 Stable climate key— IDB http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Stable-climate-key--IDB_19152756 THE Inter-Americanç(IDB) has listed a stable climate, natural pollination, good soils, moisture, and other features of the natural environment as key elements of a successful agricultural sector, sustainable growth and poverty reduction. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Little Bay All-age is cleanest school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Little-Bay-All-age-is--cleanest-school_19153773 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Little Bay All-Age School, in Westmoreland, emerged overall champions in the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) western Jamaica 'Clean School Competition'. Local Environmental Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT C'bbean poised to be next hotbed for renewables, says IRENA official http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/C-bbean-poised-to-be-next-hotbed-for-renewables--says-IRENA-official_19152647 FORT-DE-FRANCE, Martinique (CMC) — A senior official of the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) said Wednesday that the agency is convinced of the potential that renewables present for sustainable development for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) including those in the Caribbean. Local News Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Pope challenges world to clean up its filth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Pope-challenges-world-to-clean-up-its-filth_19152617 VATICAN CITY, Rome (AP) — Pope Francis' plea to make the state of the environment a central moral issue of our age has been greeted with applause from climate activists and a wide range of church, science and government leaders, but dismissive shrugs from those who doubt climate change. Local Environmental Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Environmentally smart http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Environmentally-smart_19152395 Husband and wife Andre and Stephanie Sewell receive their gift of Local Environmental Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Fish with human teeth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Fish-with-human-teeth_19152632 The pacu, a rare fish usually found in the Amazon River in South America, was recently fished out of a New Jersey lake. The pacu is often confused with another Amazon River dweller, the piranha. Local Environmental Wed, 24 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT JET to award schools on environmental initiatives Tuesday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-to-award-schools-on-environmental-initiatives-Tuesday_19152226 The event kicks off at the Knutsford Court Hotel with an exhibition of environmental work from the top performing SEP schools. General News Mon, 22 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Two degrees too much http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Two-degrees-too-much_19144574 RECOMMENDATIONS are for developed countries to limit rising global temperatures to two degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels for the rest of the century, but Jamaica has a more ambitious target. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Our beaches are growing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Our-beaches-are-growing_19085585 BEACHES around the island grew by an average six per cent last year, according to government research which profiled 35 sites in six parishes and compared the figures to those recorded for 2013. Local Environmental Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Healthy ocean, healthy planet http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Healthy-ocean--healthy-planet_19083759 IN observance of World Oceans Day — Monday, June 8 — Sandals Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Sandals Resorts International, took the message of ocean preservation to some 600 students across 12 schools in the territories in which it operates in the Caribbean. Local Environmental Wed, 10 Jun 2015 01:00:00 GMT 500 lbs of good http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/500-lbs-of-good_19110010 Members of staff from the National Environment and Planning Agency sift through and bag solid waste at Little Plumb Point, Port Royal World Oceans Day. Local Environmental Wed, 10 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT TEF's $250-million beach upgrade http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/TEF-s--250-million-beach-upgrade_19076798 THE Tourism Enhancement Fund (TEF) will be financing the development of 14 beaches across the island as part of its National Beach Development Programme. Local Environmental Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Maritime Institute unveils upgraded simulators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Maritime-Institute-unveils-upgraded-simulators_19076831 THE Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) on Tuesday unveiled an upgraded suite of training simulators which will be run on alternative energy. Local Environmental Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT # WED 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/--WED-2015_19077200 Environment and climate change minister Robert Pickersgill (right) headlined the number of government representatives who attended St Stephen's United Church in Cross Roads on Sunday for the launch of National Environment Week. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF NEPA) Local Environmental Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT World Environment Day 2015 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/World-Environment-Day-2015_19076310 SEVEN Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care. That is the theme of World Environment Day (WED), being observed today in over 100 countries around the globe. Local Environmental Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Saving Jamaica's coral reefs http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Saving-Jamaica-s-coral-reefs_19066356 THE Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the Centre for Marine Sciences (CMS) at the University of the West Indies will today, World Environment Day, launch a US$350,000-project aimed at restoring the island's coral reefs and ultimately providing applicable information and techniques to other countries in the region experiencing similar challenges. Local Environmental Fri, 05 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT From waste to waist http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/From-waste-to-waist_19034509 NEGRIL, Westmoreland -- Used plastic bags, old newspapers, empty plastic bottles and cans are trash, right? Local Environmental Wed, 03 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Lights out for NYC skyline? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Lights-out-for-NYC-skyline-_18958041 NEW YORK (AP) — Big city, bright lights? Not so much, if a New York City council member gets his way. Local Environmental Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Save the date http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Save-the-date_19060324 May 31 — June 5 Local Environmental Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT French embassy to host public meeting on climate change http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/French-embassy-to-host-public-meeting-on-climate-change_19060136 IN preparation for the high-level global debate on climate change and related environment issues scheduled for Paris in December, the Embassy of France in Jamaica is seeking to educate Jamaicans on the issues. Local Environmental Wed, 03 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Caribbean to increase resilience to climate change through US$10-m grant http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-to-increase-resilience-to-climate-change-through-US-10-m-grant_19027760 WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries will increase their resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39-million grant. Local News Thu, 28 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT France seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/France-seeks-to-boost-renewable-energy--cut-nuclear-use_19019348 PARIS (AP) — Ahead of the climate change Conference of the Parties here in December, France's lower house of parliament has approved a Bill aimed at boosting renewable energy and reducing the country's reliance on nuclear power, among other environment-friendly measures. Local Environmental Tue, 26 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT US initiates plan to phase out plastic microbeads http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-initiates-plan-to-phase-out-plastic-microbeads_19019346 DETROIT, Michigan (AP) — Two Michigan lawmakers say they and other members of Congress are sponsoring bipartisan legislation to protect the Great Lakes from the damaging effects of plastic microbeads found in some soaps and personal care products. Local Environmental Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT How Cockpit Country got its name http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/How-Cockpit-Country-got-its-name_19019391 THE name Cockpit Country has its origins in the Maroon Wars, when a population of Maroons was able to force the British into signing a peace treaty in 1738. Local Environmental Tue, 26 May 2015 00:00:00 GMT Coal burners VS bird shooters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coal-burners-VS-bird-shooters-_18974543 COAL burners in St Catherine are crying 'fowl' over public perception that they are the main group responsible for destruction of forests in the parish. Local Environmental Wed, 20 May 2015 02:00:00 GMT