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 Dredging of Kingston Harbour begins http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Dredging-of-Kingston-Harbour-begins_90328 Seven weeks into the dredging of Port Bustamante in the Kingston Harbour to facilitate larger ships coming through the Panama Canal, the company contracted to do the excavation is reporting that there are “no visible impacts” on fishing beaches in proximity to the operation sites. Local Environment Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Wisynco launches biodegradable foam http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wisynco-launches-biodegradable-foam_89690 IT has been said that polystyrene foam, better known as styrofoam, cannot biodegrade. Local News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Faking death? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Faking-death-_89665 It was not clear if this reptile, spotted yesterday afloat on its back in a swamp near the St Thomas main road, which leads into Hector’s River, Portland, was dead or just faking it. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Local News Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Rescuers form human chain to save whales http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Rescuers-form-human-chain-to-save-whales_89516 GOLDEN BAY, New Zealand (AFP) — It was a scene of both tragedy and triumph in New Zealand Saturday as rescuers defied a shark threat and formed a human chain in a bay in a bid to keep another 200 whales from becoming stranded a day after hundreds died in a mass beaching. Local Environment Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Wisynco to introduce biodegradable foam product today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wisynco-to-introduce-biodegradable-foam-product-today_89587 Local manufacturers of the Sweet line of synthetic packaging products, Wisynco Limited, is today expected to announce a major shift in its operations — a move away from polystyrene-only food containers to a biodegradable alternative it has branded eco-foam. Local Environment Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Montego Bay Marine Park, Sandals Foundation plant mangroves for World Wetlands Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Montego-Bay-Marine-Park--Sandals-Foundation-plant-mangroves-for-World-Wetlands-Day_88882 MONTEGO BAY, St James — In recognition of World Wetlands Day last Thursday, February 2, Sandals Foundatioon launched an awareness campaign across the Caribbean to educate students and community members on the importance of preserving wetlands. Sandals Foundation team members in the islands of Antigua, The Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, Jamaica, and the Turks & Caicos organised school field trips to give students a hands-on opportunity to observe the wetlands. They also hosted competitions and expositions within the schools to educate students on the multiple roles of wetlands in the Caribbean. Local Environment Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Forestry Department urges protection http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Forestry-Department-urges-protection_88857 The Forestry Department has given a frightening report on the state of the island’s swamps — low-lying forested areas that are flooded either seasonally or permanently with freshwater — announcing last week that only 4.5 per cent of them remain in tact. Local Environment Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 4 irrefutable truths about climate change science http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/4-irrefutable-truths-about-climate-change-science_88211 During the recent confirmation hearings of President Trump’s Cabinet nominees, a familiar pattern has emerged. Many of them have acknowledged that climate change is happening, but each has sowed doubt by either understating the connection between human activity and climate change or by suggesting that there’s too much uncertainty to act. The overall effect of these statements is to confuse or stall progress. Local Environment Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT EFJ awards $85 million for climate change projects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/EFJ-awards--85-million-for-climate-change-projects_88205 Eighteen civil society organisations on Monday received a combined total of $85 million to implement climate change adaptation and resilience-building projects in communities across the island. Local Environment Wed, 01 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT 165 people trained as environmental wardens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/165-people-trained-as-environmental-wardens_87687 SOME 165 people from 30 underserved communities across the island have been trained as environmental wardens under the solid waste management initiative being implemented by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF). Local News Fri, 27 Jan 2017 03:00:00 GMT NEPA satisfied with Black River oil spill clean-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/NEPA-satisfied-with-Black-River-oil-spill-clean-up_87602 The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) says it is satisfied with the clean-up and remediation efforts undertaken by J Wray and Nephew following this week’s oil spill into the Black River in St Elizabeth. Local News Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Energy efficiency training workshop for hospitality sector http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Energy-efficiency-training-workshop-for-hospitality-sector_87521 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Caribbean Clean Energy Program (CARCEP) will deliver its first energy efficiency training workshop in Montego Bay, tomorrow and Friday. Local Environment Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Climate Change Division trains focal point personnel http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-Change-Division-trains-focal-point-personnel_87522 The Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has begun a five-day training of its point people across all government ministries, agencies and departments, with a view to mainstreaming climate change considerations in development planning. Local Environment Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Trump blocks Environment Protection Agency communication http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Trump-blocks-Environment-Protection-Agency-communication-_87524 Global research outfit The World Resources Institute (WRI) has spoken out against several actions the Trump administration has taken since being inaugurated last Friday. Among the actions are the removal from the White House website of references to climate change, and a gag placed on staff of the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) yesterday. Local Environment Wed, 25 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT What a waste! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/What-a-waste-_86195 If you have been using East Avenue, Maxfield Avenue, and Waltham Park Road over the last two months or so, you would have noticed sets of green, blue and lavender bins at different points along the road. Local Environment Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Study: Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching in the Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Study--Climate-change-will-lead-to-annual-coral-bleaching-in-the-Caribbean_85841 UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new study has predicted that if current trends continue and the world fails to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, nearly all of the world’s coral reefs, including many in the Caribbean, will suffer severe bleaching — the gravest threat to one of the Earth’s most important ecosystems — on annual basis. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Regional group welcomes conclusion of regulatory project for CARIFORUM countries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Regional-group-welcomes-conclusion-of-regulatory-project-for-CARIFORUM-countries_85836 BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) —The Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it has successfully completed a project aimed at helping Caribbean Forum (CARIFORUM) countries to improve the safety of fish and fishery products for consumers in national and export markets, and several activities. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT Huge Antarctic ice block set to break off — scientists http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Huge-Antarctic-ice-block-set-to-break-off---scientists_85860 PARIS, France (AFP) — A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to break off Antarctica’s Larsen C ice shelf, scientists reported yesterday. Local News Sat, 07 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT 17 ways to be good to Mother Earth (and yourself) in 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/17-ways-to-be-good-to-Mother-Earth--and-yourself--in-2017_85505 What better commitment to make at the start of the year than taking better care of the planet we call home, and in turn taking care of ourselves? Local Environment Wed, 04 Jan 2017 00:00:00 GMT