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 Ocho Rios students among beneficiaries of Sandals Foundation environmental programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ocho-Rios-students-among-beneficiaries-of-Sandals-Foundation-environmental-programme_19232318 SANDALS Foundation has partnered with the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation and CARIBSAVE to implement the Save our Seas, Schools Programme which is expected to run in 40 schools in the 10 regions of the Caribbean where the Sandals Foundation operates. The programme was launched at Beaches Ocho Rios last month. Local News Mon, 12 Oct 2015 02:00:00 GMT 5 Sea Creatures http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/5-Sea-Creatures_19230641 SPACE isn't the only new frontier. There is still a lot of exploring to do on our own planet. Just a few years ago it was estimated that up to two-thirds of the plant and animal species in the world's oceans may be undiscovered. Here are five sea creatures that were only discovered in the past 10 years. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Welcoming migratory birds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Welcoming-migratory-birds_19232296 BIRD lovers young and old, professional and amateur, are gearing up for International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and a host of related activities this month, starting this Saturday, October 10. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT Fuel from seawater? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Fuel-from-seawater-_19231812 RESEARCHERS at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) have reportedly developed a sea-water-into-fuel technology by extracting carbon dioxide from sea water while simultaneously producing hydrogen, and then converting the gasses into hydrocarbon liquid fuel. Local Environmental Wed, 07 Oct 2015 00:00:00 GMT World headed for too high 2.7 Celsius warming, say experts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/World-headed-for-too-high-2-7-Celsius-warming--say-experts_19231584 PARIS, France (AFP) — Earth could warm 2.7 degrees Celsius this century, warned a review yesterday which judged national carbon-cutting pledges insufficient to stave off worst-case-scenario predictions for climate change. International Fri, 02 Oct 2015 01:00:00 GMT Super! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Super-_19231223 After spending five hours on a rooftop with an incredible view of Dallas, I was able to create this composite image showing the moon's transition from full moon, to full lunar eclipse, and back. Each moon image was shot approximately 10 minutes apart to capture the entire transition. (PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MIKE MEZEUL II) Local Environmental Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Go grow organics http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Go-grow-organics_19231268 AHEAD of the Farm to Table organic dining experience it is planning for November 8, Mount Plenty Organics is seeking to get more Jamaicans keyed in to the value of growing and consuming organic foods. Local Environmental Wed, 30 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT US gives Jamaican gov't thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/US-gives-J-can-gov-t-thumbs-up_19229949 US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno says the Jamaican Government is to be commended for having ministries dedicated to energy and climate change, especially at a time when the world is growing increasingly climate conscious and is moving towards alternative sources of energy. General News Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Turning the tide on trash http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Turning-the-tide-on-trash-_19229952 The 22nd staging of International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day in Jamaica last Saturday, September 19, was one of the biggest local organisers Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has seen. The NGO doesn't yet know the total number of volunteers who participated across the island, but by the time the figures are tallied, it will hopefully have surpassed 10,000. Volunteers registered to clean up 120 land and underwater sites. ICC Day was started by US-based Ocean Conservancy in 1985. Local Environmental Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Save the date http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Save-the-date_19229928 Sep 20-26 -- Maritime Awareness Week Local Environmental Wed, 23 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT JPS joins Jamaica's Climate Walk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JPS-joins-Jamaica-s-Climate-Walk-_19229676 Set for Saturday, October 24, the walk is expected to ramp up awareness about climate change and its effects among the population at large, especially children. Local News Mon, 21 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Coastal Clean-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coastal-Clean-up_19229696 Beaches and Grand Pineapple Negril General Manager Adrian Whitehead (left) joins Sandals Negril's Assistant Chief Engineer Gilon Fogo in cleaning up a section of the Johnson Town beach in Hanover during International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day 2015 activities yesterday. Local News Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Cleaning Johnson Town Beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Cleaning-Johnson-Town-Beach_19229705 Beaches Negril's Garfield Allen (left) and Luther Van Martin work in tandem to complete clean-up activities at the Johnson Town Beach in Hanover during International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day 2015. The two joined 17 other Sandals Foundation volunteers from their resort and Sandals Negril, in filling 53 bags with plastic cups, glass bottles, plastic bottles, Styrofoam, bottle caps, discarded clothing and other waste. Local News Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: JNGI ON THE GO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JNGI-ON-THE-GO_19229712 Employees of the Jamaica National General Insurance Company help to clean up a section of the Palisadoes coastline on International Coastal Cleanup Day yesterday. Local News Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT #JOLBeachCleanup http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-JOLBeachCleanup-_19229675 A team from the Jamaica Observer combed mangroves on the harbour side of the Palisadoes Road yesterday, as part of International Coastal Clean-up Day which is co-ordinated locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust. The mangrove environment required bending under trees, navigating thorns, and avoiding areas of soft earth, but we managed to fill 20 garbage bags, which included over 1,000 plastic drinking bottles. Local News Sun, 20 Sep 2015 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: ICC GROUP CLEANUP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ICC-GROUP-CLEANUP_19229704 Sandals Foundation volunteers from Sandals and Beaches Negril proudly display some of the 53 bags of garbage they collected from a section of the Johnson Town Beach in Hanover during International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day 2015 activities yesterday. ICC was started by the Ocean Conservancy in the USA and is the largest one-day volunteer outreach with more than 100 participating countries. This year's ICC event in Jamaica was coordinated locally by the Jamaica Environment Trust in partnership with the Tourism Enhancement Fund. Local News Sun, 20 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Push for companies to adopt a beach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Push-for-companies-to-adopt-a-beach_19229438 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) are encouraging service clubs, community-based organisations and companies to adopt a beach. Local News Sat, 19 Sep 2015 02:00:00 GMT Beach clean-up is this Saturday http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Beach-clean-up-is-this-Saturday_19228851 IF things go according to plan, at least 10,000 volunteers will come out on Saturday morning to collect solid waste from the seafloor, riverbanks, gullies, and beachfronts all around the island, and the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) would have met its target. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Montreal Protocol success should inspire global climate talks -- UN head http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Montreal-Protocol-success-should-inspire-global-climate-talks----UN-head_19228783 NOT so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances, such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT 'It's going to get worse' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-It-s-going-to-get-worse-_19228997 SEVERAL businesses were forced to either close early or turn away customers this summer due to the ongoing water crisis. The hours of work and transactions lost totalled millions of dollars. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Engineers' Week to focus on energy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Engineers--Week-to-focus-on-energy_19228389 THE Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) Engineers' Week 2015 is set to deepen the discussion on Jamaica's energy needs and related issues. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica participates in renewable energy confab in China http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-participates-in-renewable-energy-confab-in-China_19227793 JAMAICA is expected to be a key participant in the high-level ministerial workshop on Mechanisms of Renewable Energy Utilisation and Development for Developing Countries being held in Changsha, China from September 9 through to the 18th. Local News Thu, 10 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT JET names deputy CEO http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/JET-names-deputy-CEO_19227841 THIRTY-year-old University of Oxford graduate Suzanne Stanley has been appointed Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Local Environmental Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT Deforestation danger http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Deforestation-danger_19227809 A study released by the World Wildlife Foundation in April says as much as 170 million hectares (or roughly 420 million acres) of forest could be lost by 2030. The study named 11 "deforestation fronts" or forest areas where the largest concentrations of deforestation are expected in the next 15 years. These fronts, it said, are home to endangered species and to indigenous communities whose livelihoods may be at stake. Local Environmental Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT #JaClimateWalk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-JaClimateWalk_19227849 PLANS are in high gear for Environment Solutions Limited's (ESL) Jamaica Climate Walk, a 4K event designed to take the issue of climate change home to ordinary Jamaicans. Local Environmental Wed, 09 Sep 2015 00:00:00 GMT