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 Worst of the drought is yet to come, Pickersgill warns http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Worst-of-the-drought-is-yet-to-come--Pickersgill-warns-_17211082 Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill did not speak with water in his mouth as he warned Jamaicans last night to brace for worsening drought conditions and more water restrictions. General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT What is to become of us? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-is-to-become-of-us--_17208628 Scores of fisherfolks are bittterly complaining of being hard done by, as the state-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) moves to clear a strip of fishing beach slated for development as a marina and entertainment complex, on the old Forum Hotel property in Portmore, St Catherine. General News Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Riverton Meadows plagued by raw sewage http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Riverton-Meadows-plagued-by-raw-sewage_17197212 RESIDENTS of Riverton Meadows in western St Andrew say they have been paying up to $9,000 bimonthly to clear their sewer systems. Local Environment Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'Coal does not have a future' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Coal-does-not-have-a-future-_17187600 JAMAICA'S private sector was yesterday warned not to allow coal-fired plants into the country's energy mix as they are financially and environmentally unsustainable. Local News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT ISA issues two new contracts for exploration http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/ISA-issues-two-new-contracts-for-exploration_17186970 AS of May this year, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had issued 16 contracts for exploration of the deep seabed, covering some 900,000 km2 in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Local News Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT OVER-FISHING for conservation http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Over-Fishing--for-conservation_17043823 GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — Comfort Suites Grand Cayman, which is franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc is working to help rid the Cayman Islands waters of the invasive lionfish introduced to the Caribbean from the Asia-Pacific region. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'I won't stop eat parrot' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-I-won-t-stop-eat-parrot-_17173308 Jamaicans at home and abroad have reacted strongly to the proposal that the parrotfish be banned in order to restore the island's corla reefs and beaches. Local Environmental Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Hidden in plain sight http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Hidden-in-plain-sight_17149240 THE Jamaica Conference Centre and its location on Kingston's waterfront are not unfamiliar to most people. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) secretariat, on the other hand, although it's on the same compound and sits right next to the centre, is Greek to most people, even Kingstonians. Local Environment Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Warning for Caribbean countries as sea level continues to rise http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Warning-for-Caribbean-countries-as-sea-level-continues-to-rise-_17145077 ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Track of the Public Health Department of St George's University is predicting a bleak future for the Caribbean amid concerns that the rate of sea level rises beyond the anticipated three millimetres mark. Local News Mon, 14 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Nicaragua Canal path chosen, environmentalists worried about lake http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Nicaragua-Canal-path-chosen--environmentalists-worried-about-lake_17133206 MANAGUA, Nicaragua — NOW that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route. Financial Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Consumers reeling as drought hits St Lucia http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Consumers-reeling-as-drought-hits-St-Lucia_17127938 CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The St. Lucia Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) on Wednesday placed the entire island under a water emergency schedule as the drought worsened. Local Environment Fri, 11 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Farmers get climate change training http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Farmers-get-climate-change-training_17102411 Approximately 200 farmers from St Mary, Clarendon, St Andrew, and St Elizabeth are benefiting from a climate change training programme being spearheaded by the ministries of agriculture and fisheries, and water, land environment and climate change. Local News Mon, 07 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Where is the private sector? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Where-is-the-private-sector-_17084658 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica Dr Arun Kashyap has noted a "conspicuous absence" of the private sector on the matter of climate change, even while efforts are being made by the Government and international organisations such as his to mainstream climate change issues Local News Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Schools bag $1.8M in PCJ energy competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/School-bag--1-8M-in-PCJ-energy-competition_17071918 THE Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has awarded cash prizes valued at $1.8 million to the winners of its 2014 Schools Energy Programme Competition. Local Environmental Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT Manchester, Portland schools share award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Manchester--Portland-schools-share-award_17043831 MOUNT St Joseph Preparatory in Manchester and Port Antonio High in Portland are the most environmentally aware schools in Jamaica, having been jointly awarded in the category under the Jamaica Environmental Awareness Action Awards at Knutsford Court Hotel a week ago. Local Environmental Wed, 02 Jul 2014 02:00:00 GMT 15 schools to benefit from PCJ's $62-m solar project http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/15-schools-to-benefit-from-PCJ-s--62-m-solar-project_17046677 FIFTEEN schools and three Government agencies should soon see considerable reductions in their energy bills as the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) will be installing Solar PV Systems at public sector buildings at a cost of more than $62 million. General News Mon, 30 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT CaribWatch-ing THE SEAS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/CaribWatch-ing-THE-SEAS_16928167 WANT to monitor disasters in the Caribbean? There's an app for that. Local Environmental Wed, 25 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT J'cans urged to be more serious about environment http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/J-cans-urged-to-be-more-serious-about-environment_16994564 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of State in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Ian Hayles is calling on Jamaicans to treat the preservation of the environment with as much zeal as they do with saving for their children's future. Local Environmental Tue, 24 Jun 2014 01:00:00 GMT Digicel hosting disaster preparedness seminars for businesses http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Digicel-hosting-disaster-preparedness-seminars-for-businesses_16996129 DIGICEL Business will today host the first of two Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity seminars to help its corporate clients prepare in case a hurricane strikes. Local News Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT Douglas Castle residents combating global warming http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Douglas-Castle-residents-combating-global-warming_16951132 RESIDENTS of Douglas Castle in McNie, St Ann, although far removed from many major towns, have joined several groups working to combat the effects of global warming as decreased rainfall in the farming community causes major soil erosion when it does rain. North & East News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sandals employees, Barrett Town All-Age students raise their voices for mother Earth http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-employees--Barrett-Town-All-Age-students-raise-their-voices-for-mother-Earth_16933310 STUDENTS of Barrett Town All-Age School in Montego Bay, St James, accompanied by members of Sandals' environmental team, on June 11 led an environmental awareness road march in the second city. Local News Mon, 23 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT PM urges preparedness despite prediction for 'below-normal' hurricane season http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/PM-urges-preparedness-despite-prediction-for--below-normal--hurricane-season_16956813 PRIME Minister Portia Simpson Miller says vigilance must be maintained despite predictions for a below-normal level of activity for the 2014 Atlantic Hurricane season. Local News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT Arscott seeking environmental levy funds to fight fires at Riverton dump http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Arscott-seeking-environmental-levy-funds-to-fight-fires-at-Riverton-dump_16929003 Arscott told the House of Representatives on Tuesday that he will be meeting with representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Planning to get access to the funds to cover the floor with soil, as a short-term measure to contain fires at the dump. General News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse steps up turtle preservation efforts http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-Whitehouse-steps-up-turtle-preservation-efforts_16933734 SANDALS Whitehouse, after its release of 478 turtles into the ocean in 2013, has taken a much bigger step towards preservation of the marine reptile by establishing a Hawksbill Turtle Farm on the resort. Local News Fri, 20 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT Red Stripe cops environment award http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Red-Stripe-cops-environment-award_16928435 RED Stripe managed to cut its water use by 17 per cent. Local Business Wed, 18 Jun 2014 02:00:00 GMT