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 Ozone hole on the mend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Ozone-hole-on-the-mend_17544634 THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be recovering from the gaping hole burned in it by humans and their use of aerosol canisters and other pollutants, scientists are reporting. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Coastal clean-up this weekend http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coastal-clean-up-this-weekend-_17554962 PLANS are in high gear for International Coastal Clean-up Day this Saturday, September 20 with national coordinators Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) reporting that a record-breaking 8,000 volunteers have registered to collect garbage from 130 sites, six of which are river-based and 11 underwater. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT 46 million euros over next seven years http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/46-million-euros-over-next-seven-years_17557544 JAMAICA is to receive programme funding in the amount of 46 million euros to be prioritised for projects in the areas of environment and climate change, and the rule of law, among others. Local Environmental Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT #noSUNburnHERE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-noSUNburnHERE_17367865 Local Environmental Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Two arrested for breach bird-hunting rules http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Two-arrested-for-breach-bird-hunting-rules_17526299 THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) announced last week that two bird hunters have been arrested for breaching the Wildlife Protection Act, while several others have been issued warnings. Local News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT UTech solar system doubles as teaching aid http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/UTech-solar-system-doubles-as-teaching-aid_17520020 INSTALLATION of a huge solar energy system at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) earlier this year has not only helped slash the institution's electricity bill, it was used to train engineering students. Local Environmental Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT NWC starts active work on sewage diversion project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/One-step-closer_17520919 GOVERNMENT yesterday broke ground for the $2.4-billion Portmore Sewage Diversion Project, which is expected to take five existing sewage treatment plants in the municipality out of service and give residents in some areas permanent relief from sewage flows and the offensive odour the plants often give off. Local Environmental Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT RARE CATCH http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/RARE-CATCH_17493943 OWLS HEAD, USA (AP) — It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. International Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT SIDS leaders sign pact http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/SIDS-leaders-sign-pact APIA, Samoa — More than 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were on Monday stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilient treaty that will significantly change the lives and destiny of over 20 million small islanders, for the better. Local Environment Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:44:13 GMT 'Things have changed dramatically' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Things-have-changed-dramatically-_17478828 FRIENDSHIP, Maine (AP) — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. Local News Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Seismic-activity-calms-down-near-Iceland-volcano LONDON, England (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down, but tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas. Local Environment Fri, 05 Sep 2014 04:54:31 GMT #natureROCKS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-natureROCKS Tag your #natureROCKS selfie to: Local News Wed, 03 Sep 2014 03:37:45 GMT 'Refuse' Cay http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Refuse--Cay_17415459 THE scene at Refuge Cay, some 1.5 miles off the Kingston waterfront, paints the sordid picture of Jamaica's love affair with improper garbage disposal. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Jamaica wants more out of 3rd SIDS confab http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-wants-more-out-of-3rd-SIDS-confab_17415468 JAMAICA is expected to raise concerns about the low rate of implementation from the two previous summits when it attends the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in Apia, Samoa starting on Monday. Local Environmental Wed, 27 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 'Jamaica is drowning in a sea of plastics’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-is-drowning-in-a-sea-of-plastics_17397987 JOURNALISTS and development partners of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) last Thursday saw what programme director Suzanne Stanley meant when she said: "Jamaica is drowning in a sea of plastics". Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Dead floppy drive: Kenya recycles global e-waste http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dead-floppy-drive--Kenya-recycles-global-e-waste_17403001 MACHAKOS, Kenya — In an industrial area outside Kenya's capital city, workers in hard hats and white masks take shiny new power drills to computer parts. This assembly line is not assembling, though. It is dismantling some of the estimated 50 million metric tons of hazardous electronic waste the world generated last year. Financial Sun, 24 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT PHOTO: OVERLOADED! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/OVERLOADED-_17392039 This man was spotted in Richmond Park, Kingston, on Wednesday carrying bags with plastic bottles for recycling. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT ODPEM, CDEMA discuss ways to integrate climate risk into disaster risk management http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ODPEM--CDEMA-discuss-ways-to-integrate-climate-risk-into-disaster-risk-management_17355341 THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in collaboration with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) on Wednesday convened the first of a two-day Climate Smarting workshop intended to incorporate climate risk considerations into national disaster risk management planning. Local News Fri, 15 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Coastal clean-up registration deadlines approach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Coastal-clean-up-registration-deadlines-approach_17343083 IF you plan to host a river or beach clean-up activity on International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), you have until this Friday, August 15 to register as a site coordinator with the national coordinator of the global event -- Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Did you know that... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Did-you-know-that---_17343704 * Yesterday, August 12 was observed as World Elephant Day? Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Mozambique works to break vicious cycle of environmental degradation and poverty http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Mozambique-works-to-break-vicious-cycle-of-environmental-degradation-and-poverty_17343643 THE coconut trees along the coastline of Zambezia -- a province in northern Mozambique, located on the south eastern end of the African continent — provide livelihood opportunities for local communities and an estimated 1.7 million people. Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/62nd-annual-staging-of-the-Denbigh-agricultural-show_17326996 Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR) Local Environmental Wed, 13 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Early to bed, early to rise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Early-to-bed--early-to-rise_17306926 Egrets bed down for the night in a clump of mangroves that line the South Negril River. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Local Environmental Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT C'bbean gov'ts buy excess rainfall insurance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/C-bbean-gov-ts-buy-excess-rainfall-insurance_17306927 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced on Monday that eight of its members have purchased excess rainfall insurance coverage for the 2014/2015 policy year. Local Environmental Wed, 06 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Even a baby can cross it http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Even-a-baby-can-cross-it_17285789 IN June 2011, Clifton 'Cliff Twang' Brown shot to fame after he gave a Television Jamaica interview at a ford when the Yallahs River was in spate, saying 'Nobody canna cross it'. Local News Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT