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 Caribbean formatting climate change strategy for Paris meeting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-formatting-climate-change-strategy-for-Paris-meeting_19221941 GROS ISLET, St Lucia — Government climate negotiators and civil society groups from the Caribbean who met with artistes and journalists here last week have discussed strategies to drum up local awareness and attract international attention as part of the region's preparation for the climate change meeting in Paris at the end of the year. Local News Mon, 03 Aug 2015 00:00:00 GMT National Indoor Sports Centre going solar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/National-Indoor-Sports-Centre-going-solar-_19221630 The National Indoor Sports Centre is soon to be outfitted with solar panels to generate 100 megawatts of energy, as part of a $20 million pilot project under the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Minister: Climate change for region is about people's lives http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Minister--Climate-change-for-region-is-about-people-s-lives_19221494 GROS ISLET, St Lucia — The St Lucia Government is hosting a two-day meeting of journalists, singers, songwriters, and other artistes from the region, which is expected to help broaden awareness of and raise advocacy for climate change and the potential damaging effects it will have on the Caribbean. Local News Fri, 31 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Saving coffee with birds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Saving-coffee-with-birds_19220055 FOR the Jamaican coffee farmer, birds can be more than colourful feathers and cheerful tweets; They can be the saviours of an industry which, though internationally acclaimed for the quality of its product, has been in decline for more years than some people care to admit. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT And the winners are... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/And-the-winners-are----_19221028 THANK you, readers, for your many submissions to last week's name the bird. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT What's my name? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-s-my-name-_19220350 The first two individuals to correctly name the birds pictured here will win great prizes courtesy of the Jamaica Observer and our sponsors BirdsCaribbean. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Farmers urged to sell organic coffee http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Farmers-urged-to-sell-organic-coffee_19220729 THE multi-billion dollar organic food industry is ripe with opportunities for Jamaican coffee farmers who are largely reeling from huge losses brought on by a stubborn drought and related forest fires. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Weather-related disasters displace millions in 2014 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Weather-related-disasters-displace-millions-in-2014_19220626 GENEVA, Switzerland — In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Local Environmental Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Archduchess spends $25 million in 14 months on foundaton, marine lab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Archduchess-spends--25-million-in-14-months-on-foundaton--marine-lab_19220128 PORTLAND resident Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen has invested $25 million over the last 14 months in establishing the Alligator Head Foundation and Marine Lab. General News Sun, 26 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT And the winners are... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/And-the-winners-are---_19219849 CONGRATULATIONS Valdis Vassell and Stacy-Ann Lowe for being the first two Jamaica Observer readers to correctly guess the name of the Jamaican endemic bird featured last Wednesday. The answer was in fact Northern Potoo, otherwise called the Jamaican owl. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Flying on garbage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Flying-on-garbage_19219970 NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/World-mayors-at-Vatican-urge--bold-climate-agreement-_19219984 VATICAN CITY, The Vatican (AP) — The Vatican invited the 60 mayors to a two-day conference to keep up pressure on world leaders ahead of UN climate negotiations in Paris later this year. The meeting also aimed to promote Pope Francis' environment encyclical, which denounced what he calls a fossil fuel-based world economy that exploits the poor and destroys the Earth. Local Environment Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Grenada mulls exporting SEAWEED TO CHINA http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Grenada-mulls-exporting-SEAWEED-TO-CHINA_19219213 ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) - The Grenadian Government is seeking to determine whether the abundance of Sargassum seaweed washing up on its beaches can be of economic benefit to the Eastern Caribbean isle that is washed on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean. Local Environmental Wed, 22 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT And the winners are... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/And-the-winners-are---_19190521 THANK you, readers, for your many submissions in last week's name the bird. You gave us Mangrove Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Petchary, Potoo, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Cuckoo, Old Man/Old Woman Bird, Rain bird, and Old Man Quoki. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Peregrine falcons no longer threatened species in Illinois http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Peregrine-falcons-no-longer-threatened-species-in-Illinois_19218794 CHICAGO, USA (AP) — In the early 1950s, there were no peregrine falcons in Illinois and scientists worried that the species would disappear entirely from North America. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Record rains could affect shrimp, oyster harvesting in Texas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Record-rains-could-affect-shrimp--oyster-harvesting-in-Texas_19218752 GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A surge of freshwater runoff brought on by heavy spring rains could cause problems for Galveston Bay shrimp and oyster harvesters this season, according to new predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Local Environmental Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT What's my name? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-s-my-name-_19190533 The first two individuals to correctly name the bird pictured here will win great prizes courtesy of the Jamaica Observer. A clue? It's found only in Jamaica. Submit answers to envirowatchja@gmail.com Local Environmental Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Honolulu mayor calls for fewer loopholes in plastic bag ban http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Honolulu-mayor-calls-for-fewer-loopholes-in-plastic-bag-ban_19218751 HONOLULU, USA (AP) — Honolulu officials are calling for stricter enforcement of Oahu's new plastic bag bans as environmentalists are concerned that the law has too many loopholes. Local Environmental Wed, 15 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Bird lovers flock to Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Bird-lovers-flock-to-Jamaica_19187775 SOME 200 scientists, ornithologists, conservationists, students and educators from across the Caribbean and beyond will flock to Kingston for the 20th International Meeting of BirdsCaribbean later this month to highlight the latest research and conservation efforts in Jamaica and the region. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT What's my name? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-s-my-name-_19187653 The first two persons to correctly name the Jamaican endemic bird featured above will win great prizes courtesy of Jamaica Observer. Submit answers to envirowatch@gmail.com Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Gov't to produce own ethanol http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Gov-t-to-produce-own-ethanol_19188082 THE country is seeking to stop importing bio-fuel and produce its own supply, while increasing the current mix of ethanol in petrol from 10 to 20 per cent, according to the Ministry of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Pope calls youth to environmental action http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Pope-calls-youth-to-environmental-action_19188551 THE head of the Catholic Church yesterday challenged Latin America's youth to take up the environmental protection call, saying the defence of God's creation isn't just a recommendation but a requirement. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Public finally gets pathway to 'Billionaires' Beach' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Public-finally-gets-pathway-to--Billionaires--Beach-_19188566 MALIBU, California (AP) -- Carbon Beach in Malibu, more popularly called Billionaires' Beach, is now the public's beach, too. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT EPA chief: Climate plan on track despite mercury ruling http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/EPA-chief--Climate-plan-on-track-despite-mercury-ruling_19188594 WASHINGTON, US (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that undermined a federal rule targeting mercury pollution will not affect the Obama administration's plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions to slow the effects of global warming, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said yesterday. Local Environmental Wed, 08 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Roaring success: lions return to Rwanda, with rhinos next? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Roaring-success--lions-return-to-Rwanda--with-rhinos-next-_19187057 AKAGERA, Rwanda (AFP) — Groggy on their paws after waking from tranquillisers, lions have returned to Rwanda for the first time since the endangered animal was wiped out following the country's 1994 genocide. Local Business Wed, 08 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT