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 $15 million allocated to climate change pilot http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-15-million-allocated-to-climate-change-pilot_18497176 A total of $15 million has been budgeted for the Climate Resilience II Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (pilot), as part of measures to bolster support for climate change activities. Local Environment Wed, 04 Mar 2015 03:00:00 GMT Wanton disregard of Negril development order to our demise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wanton-disregard-of-Negril-development-order-to-our-demise_18418118 ON Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 10 pm, I received an e-mail from the Ministry of Land Water Environment and Climate Change inviting me to a public meeting on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Negril to discuss certain provisions of the new provisional development order for the Negril and Green Island area. It was short notice and I was not able to attend. I later learned that the meeting was called to discuss an amendment to the building height restriction in the current development order. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Leave the sea turtles! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Leave-the-sea-turtles-_18417542 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging members of the public to desist from capturing or harming sea turtles - which are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT 1 million trees over 4 years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/1-million-trees-over-4-years_18417543 ONE million trees are to be planted over the next four years under the navel string project being undertaken by SCJ Holdings Limited (SCJH). Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT 10 endangered sea turtles released back into Florida waters http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/10-endangered-sea-turtles-released-back-into-Florida-waters_18417699 ORLANDO, USA (AP) — Ten endangered sea turtles rescued from chilly Massachusetts waters late last year have been released back into the ocean off Florida. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 01:00:00 GMT Oregon Chub: first fish taken off endangered list http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Oregon-Chub--first-fish-taken-off-endangered-list_18417950 GRANTS PASS, USA (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. Local Environmental Wed, 18 Feb 2015 00:00:00 GMT Multi-purpose edible hedging for your home http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Multi-purpose-edible-hedging-for-your-home Every inch of farmland has the potential for use. How, then, can the home gardener maximise the utility of their yard? Multi-purpose plants are the key. Local Environmental Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:02:43 GMT Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Guatemala-undertakes-photovoltaic-solar-panels-project GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – A worker walks alongside rows of solar panels at the Horus photovoltaic power station in Chiquimulilla on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Local Environmental Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:09:20 GMT 99 more trees to go http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/99-more-trees-to-go The Kiwanis Club celebrated its 100th anniversary on January 21, 2015, marking 100 years of dedication to the development of children and communities. Local News Wed, 11 Feb 2015 00:02:46 GMT Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Plan-calls-for-expanding-Gulf-of-Mexico-reef-sanctuary NEW ORLEANS, USA (AP) — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. Local Environmental Wed, 11 Feb 2015 02:09:18 GMT '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