Jamaica calls on ACP, EU countries to accelerate climate financing

JAMAICA'S Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator Kamina Johnson Smith has called on African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States and European Union (ACP-EU) countries to take immediate and innovative actions to fast track financing initiatives for climate... Read More

Mexico's prized beaches threatened by smelly algae invasion
MEXICO CITY, Mexico (AP) — Tourists looking for sun and sand in Mexican resorts like Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Tulum have been disgusted by foul-smelling mounds of sargassum — a seaweed-like algae — piling up on beaches and turning turquoise waters brown, and...... Read More

PIOJ, Panos pushing community climate change project
NOTING what it describes as an “alarming indifference” among Jamaicans to the effects of climate change, the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) is partnering with PANOS Caribbean's Voices for Climate Change Education Initiative to raise awareness of adaptive strategies in...... Read More

Buy them back!
INTERNATIONALLY, mangroves are valued anywhere between US$200,000 and US$900,000 per hectare per year, but Jamaica is having a hard time capitalising on the income, largely because it has sold much of the resource to private landholders.... Read More

Region urged to brace for drought, recurrent dry spells

Thursday, January, 31 2019    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) says chances of drought and recurrent dry spells during the peak of the dry season have increased as the weak El Niño conditions are forecast to persist until the end of... Read More

CRFM initiates SARGASSUM study

Wednesday, January, 30 2019    

BELIZE CITY, Belize — The Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) has announced that it has launched a regional fact-finding study to document the record-breaking influx of Sargassum seaweed in the Caribbean Sea in 2018, and the impacts the phenomenon has been having on... Read More

Fogging insecticide kills 90% of mosquitoes — MOH

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 30 2019    

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Environment must go hand in hand

Wednesday, January, 23 2019    

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro pledged to work “in harmony with the world” to cut carbon emissions, aiming to quell international concerns that his country, the main custodian of the oxygen-rich Amazon, could put economic interests over... Read More

Timber industry hit by hurricane will take years to recover

Wednesday, January, 23 2019    

TALLAHASSEE, United States (AP) — It could take a decade or more for Florida's timberlands devastated by Hurricane Michael to recover. Read More

3.4 million and counting

Wednesday, January, 23 2019    

W ith two terms left in the 2018-2019 school year, members of the Wisynco Eco Club have already surpassed the target for the enitre year, collecting some 3.4 million plastic bottles for recycling as of December 14, the end of the Christmas... Read More

Photo: Pink salmon a threat to killer whales?

Wednesday, January, 23 2019    

In this Januray 18, 2014, AP file photo, an endangered female orca leaps from the water while beaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, Washiongton. For years, scientistshave identified dams, pollution and vessel noise as causes of the troubling decline of the Pacific Northwest's resident... Read More

Widespread retailer compliance with plastics, polystyrene ban

Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

AS local retailers prepare to restock their inventories in compliance with the Government's ban on single-use plastic bags and straws, and polystyrene (styrofoam), several enterprises have begun in earnest to offer their customers alternatives including cardboard boxes, paper bags, and reusable... Read More

What a waste!

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, January, 16 2019    

 Fifty -five million litres of water — enough to fill your bathtub 133,000 times — is pumped into the Rio Cobre from a single source every single day. Read More

KFTL Go Blue bags over 100,000 bottles in seven months

Wednesday, January, 9 2019    

In the seven months since June 5 last year, the staff at Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) has prevented over 100,000 plastic bottles and more than 600lbs of cardboard from going to the dump. Read More

Giving up gas: China's Shenzhen switches to electric taxis

Wednesday, January, 9 2019    

SHENZHEN, China (AP) — One of China's major cities has reached an environmental milestone: an almost entirely electric-powered taxi fleet. Read More


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