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 Wetlands on show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wetlands-on-show_50490 The Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area in Kingston was on show yesterday as Jamaica, through lead agency the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) observed World Wetlands Day 2016. Local Environmental Wed, 03 Feb 2016 00:00:00 GMT JET presses Kellier on controversial lobster licences http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-presses-Kellier-on-controversial-lobster-licences_50238 The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is pressing Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier to break his silence on the granting of two controversial lobster research licences to two commercial fishing companies. Local News Sun, 31 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Doppler radar to be replaced http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Doppler-radar-to-be-replaced_49977 THE island’s 16-year-old Doppler radar, sited on Cooper’s Hill in St Andrew, will be replaced in the upcoming financial year, giving meteorologists access to more reliable data for weather forecasts and climate modelling, among other things. Local News Fri, 29 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Enviro topics that will be trending in 2016 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Enviro-topics-that-will-be-trending-in-2016_47889 Still on a high after December’s Paris climate talks in which 195 countries agreed to implement measures to reduce emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases with a view to keeping global temperatures closer to pre-industrial levels, local environment interests shared a list of subjects and/or issues they think will dominate the discussions in 2016. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Economics informed my decision — Pickersgill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Money-informed-my-decision---Pickersgill_49791 ENVIRONMENT Minister Robert Pickersgill, late Monday evening, said economic considerations formed the basis of his decision to overturn the order barring Yabyanas Limited from removing sand from a hotel construction site in Negril to another one in St Ann. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT NEPA launches wetlands photo contest http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NEPA-launches-wetlands-photo-contest_49896 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be observing World Wetlands Day on February 2 and has launched a photo competition as part of its promotional efforts. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Multimillion-dollar regional climate change initiative to be launched in Barbados http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Multimillion-dollar-regional-climate-change-initiative-to-be-launched-in-Barbados_49468 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change will be launched here on January 28. Local News Sat, 23 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Grenada hosting inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy conference http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Grenada-hosting-inaugural-Caribbean-Waste-to-Energy-conference-------_49313 ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — A four-day inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy Conference and Exposition began here on Wednesday with Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell indicating that Grenada is fully committed to working towards a zero-waste economy. Local News Sat, 23 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Study points to region’s lack of E-waste disposal policies http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Study-points-to-region-s-lack-of-E-waste-disposal-policies_49312 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A study carried out in 15 English-Dutch-and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries has found that there is no policy regarding the E-waste from all kinds of electronics. Local News Sat, 23 Jan 2016 03:00:00 GMT Planet shatters warming records, 2015 the hottest ‘by far’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Planet-shatters-warming-records--2015-the-hottest--by-far-_49249 MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change. Local News Thu, 21 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT 2015 for climate change: experts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/2015--for-climate--change--experts_49196 When Local Environmental Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Why moving sand from Negril matters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Why-moving-sand-from-Negril-matters_49172 LAST week, a large volume of sand and soil was removed from the foundation excavations of a hotel in Negril and the ensuing commentary has focused on whether or not the investor had the correct permits and licenses. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) would like to outline the reasons why the removal of beach sand from one part of the coastline to another is often problematic. Local Environmental Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Picking up garbage is fun’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Picking-up-garbage-is-fun-_49176 The Local Environmental Wed, 20 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT JET backs Negril Chamber’s position on removal of beach sand http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-backs-Negril-Chamber-s-position-on-removal-of-beach-sand_48669 THE Diana-McCaulay-led Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has backed the Negril Chamber of Commerce in expressing alarm at the removal of sand from the site of one of the hotels currently under expansion. Local News Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Scientists discover evidence of unknown volcanic eruption in Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Scientists-discover-evidence-of-unknown-volcanic-eruption-in-Caribbean_48717 SOUTHAMPTON (CMC) — Scientists from the University of Southampton have uncovered evidence of a previously unknown large volcanic eruption in the Caribbean Sea. Local News Fri, 15 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Shoring up! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Shoring-up-_48467 MONTEGO BAY, St James — THERE is no question that the marine environment in the Caribbean is declining; local waters are overfished, many species are endangered, and coral reefs are dying. Local Environment Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Treasure under threat http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Treasure-under-threat_48543 Scenes Local Environmental Wed, 13 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tales of erosion at Treasure Beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Tales-of-erosion-at-Treasure-Beach_48336 THIS time last year the entire Treasure Beach stretch had people lying on their towels soaking up the sun and enjoying the waters. But now there is hardly any beach left. Local News Mon, 11 Jan 2016 00:00:00 GMT Floodwaters draw fresh warnings about wastewater, pollutants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Floodwaters-draw-fresh-warnings-about-wastewater--pollutants_47915 KANSAS CITY, Missouri (AP) — Veronica Tate knew from the stench that sewage was teeming in the 8 feet of water that swamped the basement of her ranch-style home after the nearby Meramec River overflowed, but the larger concern for residents of her suburban St Louis neighbourhood is the unknown of what else the noxious blend might have contained. Local Environment Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT Regulators poised to allow refinery to increase emissions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Regulators-poised-to-allow-refinery-to-increase-emissions-------_47912 Michigan, USA (AP) — Michigan environmental regulators are poised to allow the Marathon refinery in south-west Detroit to increase emissions of at least eight air pollutants. Local Environment Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: New beginnings http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/New-beginnings_47918 An Observer reader from Old Harbour was greeted by this pair of eggs in the mango tree in her backyard yesterday. She thinks it a good Local Environment Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT Meteorologists: ‘Darth Niño’ ties record for strongest seen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Meteorologists---Darth-Ni-o--ties-record-for-strongest-seen_47916 WASHINGTON (AP) — Meteorologists say the current El Niño has stormed its way into the record books, tying 1997-1998 as the strongest recorded. Local Environment Wed, 06 Jan 2016 01:00:00 GMT Certified platinum http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Certified-platinum_47308 MONTEGO BAY, St James —Sandals Royal Caribbean has had its Platinum Certification renewed by EarthCheck, the world’s leading environmental management and professional services group for the travel and tourism industry. Local Environment Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT Half a million reasons to go green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Half-a-million-reasons-to-go-green-_46560 CHASE Ramson’s decision to go green has been blessing the food and household product distribution company with another kind of green — just over half a million dollars in savings per month. Local Environment Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT Burn ban called in 9 counties in central, eastern Washington http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Burn-ban-called-in-9-counties-in-central--eastern-Washington_47314 UNION GAP, Washington (AP) — State regulators are banning outdoor burning in nine counties in central and eastern Washington due to concerns about air pollution. Local Environment Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 GMT