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 Jade Mountain gets gold for being green http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jade-Mountain-gets-gold-for-being-green_77654 WASHINGTON DC, USA — The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced that St Lucia’s Jade Mountain resort has become the first hotel in the Caribbean to receive the coveted LEED GOLD certification status. Local Environmental Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT PHOTOS: Celebrating birds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/PHOTOS--Celebrating-birds_77615 Photo 1 - Students of Port Royal Primary proudly display bird scavenger hunt cards they completed with the assistance of officers of the National Environment and Planning Agency in observance of International Migratory Bird Day, October 9. Local Environment Wed, 19 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT We recycle 80 per cent — J Wray & Nephew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/We-recycle-80-per-cent---J-Wray---Nephew_77626 Local rum producer J Wray & Nephew hasn’t always enjoyed a favourable reputation in the public sphere with regard to its environmental practices, but if recent developments are anything to go by, it’s something the company is eager to shake. Local Environment Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Akoustiks wins parrotfish jingle http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Akoustiks-wins-parrotfish-jingle_76946 “Say yuh nuffi practise fi eat parottfish Local Environment Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT LASCO REAP expands to high schools, churches http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/LASCO-REAP-expands-to-high-schools--churches_76927 St James, Montego Bay — Howard Cooke Primary, the reigning champion of the LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP), had the honour last Friday to host the fifth anniversary launch of the programme, where partners LASCO and Ideal Factory announced an expansion of the programme into high schools and churches across the island. Local Environment Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Commonwealth urges policy http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Commonwealth-urges-policy-_76374 New research by the Commonwealth Secretariat has revealed the need for “fundamental changes” to the way the world’s oceans, seas and coastal areas are managed. Local Environment Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Trees for life http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Trees-for-life_76937 To commemorate National Wood and Water Day, which is celebrated annually on October 1, the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) distributed and helped plant seedlings in Papine and Yallahs in a campaign it has labelled Trees for Life. It sought to encourage Jamaicans to plant trees for a loved one and as an investment into the future, and was executed under the GOJ/GEF/IDB Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas (Yallahs-Hope Watershed) Project. Local Environment Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘This agreement is real’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-This-agreement-is-real-_76476 THERE is a real sign that the major contributors to air pollution are now committed to a sustainable and low-carbon future, says British Minister of State for the Commonwealth and the United Nations Baroness Anelay. Local News Sat, 08 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse seeking to develop young reef and Forest Keepers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-Whitehouse-seeking-to-develop-young-reef-and-Forest-Keepers_76229 WHITEHOUSE, Westmoreland - Sandals Whitehouse has taken a bold move towards environmental preservation by inducting 21 impressionable young minds into its Reef and Forest Keepers Club, as part of a pilot programme geared at creating future environmental stewards and encouraging a love for the outdoors. Local Environment Thu, 06 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Watching Matthew http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Watching-Matthew_76162 People stand on the coast on the outskirts of Kingston on Monday watching the surf generated by Hurricane Matthew, then a Category four system barrelling towards the island. It has since moved easterly and has made landfall in Haiti. Matthew is forecast to move north-west across sections of Cuba, up through the Turks & Caicos Islands and The Bahamas, before impacting the Eastern Seaboard of the United States. Local News Thu, 06 Oct 2016 02:00:00 GMT Tilapia to the rescue http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Tilapia-to-the-rescue_76142 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Internationally renown marine scientist and artist Guy Harvey is recommending that Jamaicans expand fish farming ventures and consume more freshwater fish, at least until the dwindling sea fish stock is replenished. Local Environment Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Sandals awards winners of parrotfish competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-awards-winners-of-parrotfish-competition_76137 Almost 30 team members from Sandals resorts across the region have walked away with prizes in cluding weekends for two, day passes, and excursions from Island Routes Caribbean Adventures following the conclusion of the resort company’s internal Parrotfish Poster Competition. Local Environmental Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Clean-up day at Rocky Point http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Clean-up-day-at-Rocky-Point_75984 Rocky Point, Clarendon — Equipped with gloves, rakes, data cards and garbage bags, some 40 volunteers descended on a small, secluded beach along the Rocky Point Port Road in Clarendon recently to participate in the 31st Annual International Coastal Cleanup Day coordinated by the Leo Club of Clarendon. Central News Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamaica sets year-end deadline to ratify Paris Agreement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Jamaica-sets-year-end-deadline-to-ratify-Paris-Agreement_75792 JAMAICA is expected to deposit its instruments of ratification of the Paris Agreement on climate change by year end. Local News Sat, 01 Oct 2016 00:00:00 GMT Wray & Nephew’s US$7-M Wastewater Plan http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Wray---Nephew-s-US-7-M-Wastewater-Plan_75356 With its tufts of brown grass interspersed by patches of bare, parched earth, the football field at Wray & Nephew’s Spanish Town Road complex has certainly seen better days. But there is a rescue plan afoot for the plot which offers diversion for scores of employees. Local Environment Wed, 28 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Sandals Whitehouse grooming young reefers, forest keepers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Sandals-Whitehouse-grooming-young-reefers--forest-keepers_75041 SANDALS Whitehouse has taken a bold move towards environmental preservation by inducting 21 impressionable young minds into its Reef and Forest Keepers Club — part of a pilot programme geared at creating future environmental stewards and encouraging a love for the outdoors. Local Environment Sat, 24 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Climate change dominates opening of 71st session of UN Assembly http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Climate-change-dominates-opening-of-71st-session-of-UN-Assembly_74769 NEW YORK — The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) kicked off on Tuesday here with more than 140 heads of state and government and a yearly tradition of speeches made to the 193 member states of the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Local News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Guy Harvey in Jamaica for 30th anniversary documentary, MoBay Marlin Tournament http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Guy-Harvey-in-Jamaica-for-30th-anniversary-documentary--MoBay-Marlin-Tournament_74866 German-born, Jamaican-raised conservationist, artist and marine biologist Guy Harvey is now in Jamaica to participate in the 55th Montego Bay Annual International Marlin Tournament and to continue documenting his life’s work in both the art and marine life industries. Local News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT CDB exec says region must find new ways to manage marine resources http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/CDB-exec-says-region-must-find-new-ways-to-manage-marine-resources_74765 BRIDGETOWN,Barbados (CMC) — A senior official of the Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) says regional countries need to find new, efficient and sustainable approaches to managing terrestrial and marine resources. Local News Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT International Clean-up Day working in the west http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/International-Clean-up-Day-working-in-the-west_74803 LUCEA, Hanover — Project manager at the Rotary Club of Lucea Mervin Spence says it appears that residents of Lucea and its environs are becoming more conscious about the need for a clean environment. Local Environment Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT 16,000 lbs of garbage! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/16-000-lbs-of-garbage-_74644 Volunteers from corporate companies, schools, social clubs, etc, who worked the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston on Saturday morning — observed around the world as International Coastal Cleanup — carted off 1,100 bags of garbage weighing some 16,000 lbs, according to initial estimates from Jamaica Environment Trust (JET). Local Environment Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Hellshire Beach clean-up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Hellshire-Beach-clean-up_74442 Claudine McCalla Miller (centre) Scotiabank director, employee consultation explains to a group of Scotia volunteers the serious impact of plastic on marine life and the ecosystem. McCalla Miller was at the start of the beach clean-up at Hellshire Beach on Saturday. (Photo: Collin Reid) Local News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT ‘Land of soda bottles and styrofoam boxes’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/-Land-of-soda-bottles-and-styrofoam-boxes-_73777 Just days ahead of International Coastal Clean-up (ICC) Day this Saturday, when thousands of volunteers will work to clear 142 beach and underwater sites across the island of garbage, one private sector manager is deploring the act of irresponsible garbage disposal, while urging Jamaicans at large to support the one-day initiative. Local Environment Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean Sea earns US$400B a year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Caribbean-Sea-earns-US-400B-a-year_73840 A World Bank report released yesterday has put the economic value of the Caribbean Sea to the region — to include all its services, from fishing, transport, trade, tourism, mining, waste disposal, energy, carbon sequestration and drug development — at US$407 billion per year based on 2012 data, or just shy of 18 per cent of the region’s total GDP. Local Environment Wed, 14 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Deadline for CCIC Accelerator programme is Sept 9 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/environment/Deadline-for-CCIC-Accelerator-programme-is-Sept-9_73191 APPLICATIONS for the Caribbean Climate Innovation Center’s (CCIC) Accelerator Programme will close on Friday, September 9. Local News Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT