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 Port Royal lab seeking ENERGY ALTERNATIVE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Port-Royal-lab-seeking-ENERGY-ALTERNATIVE DR Mona Webber, a marine ecologist and senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is on a quest to introduce the use of alternative energy at the Port Royal Marine Laboratory and Biodiversity Centre. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:16:36 GMT Away with plastic Yabba containers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Away-with-plastic-Yabba-containers_18596142 JAMAICAN-GROWN fast food chain Island Grill is planning to trade in its plastic food containers for earth-friendly biodegradable boxes, the company announced recently. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT We did it! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/We-did-it-_18633435 Employees of ATL Group are pleased with the amount of garbage they were able to clean from Shipwreck Beach on the Palisadoes Strip last Saturday. Working in tandem with the National Environment and Planning Agency, the volunteers cleared mounds of debris, including tyres and a range of plastics. The event was in observance of World Water Day, March 22. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Land of wood... and greenery http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Land-of-wood----and-greenery_18546595 THE Forestry Department yesterday announced that 441,000 hectares of the island was covered by forest -- 10 per cent more than the 30 per cent recorded in 1998 when the last land-use/cover-change analysis was conducted. Local News Wed, 11 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT Investing in disaster resilience vital for region — UN http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Investing-in-disaster-resilience-vital-for-region---UN_18518768 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report says investing in disaster resilience is vital for sustainable development in the Caribbean and other places. Local News Mon, 09 Mar 2015 02:00:00 GMT $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 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 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 '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