International Coastal Clean-Up Day

Volunteers comb the beach in their mission to get rid of trash.

Jamaicans yesterday turned out for International Coastal Clean Up Day at several points across Jamaica. The International Coastal Clean Up Day is an initiative that started 29 years ago in the United States by the Ocean Conservatory, a non-Government Organisation. Since then, 152 countries have par ... Read More

Garbage washed ashore near the Palisadoes strip. Be more responsible with inland waste — NEPA
ON International Coastal Clean-up Day, which Jamaica observes today along with roughly 100 other cou ... Read More

Volunteers clean debris from the Palisadoes beach during last year’s International Coastal Clean-up Day. It's Coastal Clean-Up Day
THOUSANDS of Jamaicans are today participating in the removal of garbage and other debris from the n ... Read More

Maps showing the concentration of ozone molecules in the atmosphere over several years. The yellow areas show a heavier
concentration than the blue ones. (PHOTO: NOAA/NASA) Ozone hole on the mend
THE ozone Layer, the atmosphere's shield of protection from the sun's harmful rays, appears to be re ... Read More

Coastal clean-up this weekend

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Volunteers along the strip to Port Royal during last year's coastal clean up day

PLANS are in high gear for International Coastal Clean-up Day this Saturday, September 20 with national coordinators Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) reporting that a record-breaking 8,000 volunteers have registered to collect garbage from 130 sites, six of which are river-based and 11 underwater. "We aimed for 100 sites and more volunteers this year, but 130 sites far exceeds our expectations," JET's CEO Diana McCaulay has said. The sites are scattered in each of the four parishes, and includ ... Read More

46 million euros over next seven years

Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

46 million euros over next seven years

JAMAICA is to receive programme funding in the amount of 46 million euros to be prioritised for projects in the areas of environment and climate change, and the rule of law, among others. The funds are being made available through an agreement between the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States and the European Union and is called the National Indicative Programme, financed by the 11th European Development Fund. Jamaica joined 20 other ACP States, including nine Caribbean countrie ... Read More


Wednesday, September 17, 2014    

Marcel Lamb follows
the recommendation to
only wear shades that
are polarised or have
UV protection.

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Two arrested for breach bird-hunting rules

Monday, September 15, 2014    

The white-winged dove is among the species of birds that are
designated game birds and may be shot for sport during the
approved bird hunting season. (PHOTOS: NEPA)

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) announced last week that two bird hunters have been arrested for breaching the Wildlife Protection Act, while several others have been issued warnings. The arrests were made in St Elizabeth for hunting in a game reserve. The case will be heard in the Santa Cruz Resident Magistrate's Court on September 22, 2014. The warnings, meanwhile, were issued in the parishes of Trelawny, Clarendon and St Catherine. The 2014 Game Bird Hunting Season opene ... Read More

UTech solar system doubles as teaching aid

BY VERNON DAVIDSON Executive editor -- publications davidsonv@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 10, 2014    

Solar panels installed by Alternative Power Sources on the
Faculty of Engineering and Faculty of Education and Liberal
Studies buildings at the University of Technology, Jamaica.

INSTALLATION of a huge solar energy system at the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech) earlier this year has not only helped slash the institution's electricity bill, it was used to train engineering students. Approximately 30 students worked different shifts on a third of the 100-kilowatt project which Alternative Power Sources (APS) boss Damian Lyn said can produce 450 kilowatt hours daily. "That amounts to approximately between $500,000 and $550,000 a month in energy cost savings," Lyn ... Read More

NWC starts active work on sewage diversion project

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, September 10, 2014    

Water and Environment
Minister Robert
Pickersgill (fourth right)
is joined by members of
Parliament, councillors
and representatives from
the NWC in the symbolic

GOVERNMENT yesterday broke ground for the $2.4-billion Portmore Sewage Diversion Project, which is expected to take five existing sewage treatment plants in the municipality out of service and give residents in some areas permanent relief from sewage flows and the offensive odour the plants often give off. The plants -- Independence City, Bridgeport, Hamilton Gardens and Caymanas Gardens -- have outlived their useful lives, the National Water Commission (NWC) says, with the first having been bu ... Read More


Sunday, September 07, 2014    

CATCH: 1 yellow, 2 albino
lobsters netted

OWLS HEAD, USA (AP) — It's no white lie: Two lobstermen in Maine caught a pair of rare albino lobsters within a week. The Portland Press Herald reported that Bret Philbrick caught the curious crustacean off of Owls Head on Thursday and Joe Bates caught one off the Rockland breakwater days earlier. Albino lobsters are believed to be about one in 100 million. The lobsters are in a crate at Owls Head Lobster Co. One will go to the Maine State Aquarium in Boothbay Harbor and the other to Bro ... Read More

SIDS leaders sign pact

Friday, September 05, 2014    

SIDS countries have agreed
to use more renewable
sources of energy such as
solar and wind.

APIA, Samoa — More than 150 delegates and members of the international development community from more than 45 countries were on Monday stunned to see leader after leader approach the podium to sign a historic sustainable energy and climate resilient treaty that will significantly change the lives and destiny of over 20 million small islanders, for the better. Led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Samoa Fonotoe Nuafesili Pierre Lauofo, multiple leaders from the Pacific, Caribbean and Afric ... Read More

'Things have changed dramatically'

Friday, September 05, 2014    

In this August 13, 2014 photo, Diane Cowan, executive director and senior scientist of the
Lobster Conservancy, reads a caliper while measuring a juvenile lobster on the shore of
Friendship Long Island, Maine. The Gulf of Maine, where Cowan has been studying the lobster
population for more than two decades, is warming faster than more than 99 per cent of the
world’s oceans. The temperature rise is prompting fears about the future of one of the Atlantic’s
most unusual ecosystems and the industries it supports. (PHOTOS: AP)

FRIENDSHIP, Maine (AP) — Imagine Cape Cod without cod. Maine without lobster. The region's famous rocky beaches invisible, obscured by constant high waters. It's already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas -- and in particular the Gulf of Maine, whose waters are heating up faster than 99 per cent of the world's oceans, scientists say. Long-established species of commercial fish, like cod, herring and northern shrimp, are departing for colder waters. Black sea bass, blue c ... Read More

Seismic activity calms down near Iceland volcano

Friday, September 05, 2014    

In this aerial view, fountains
of lava, up to 60 metres high,
spurt from a fissure in the
ground on the north side of
the Bardarbunga volcano in
Iceland, yesterday.

LONDON, England (AP) — Experts say the seismic activity near the Bardarbunga volcano on Iceland is calming down, but tall fountains of fire and lava continue to lick the air along a volcanic fissure, producing a huge plume of steam and gas. A massive white cloud some 4.5 kilometres (2.8 miles) tall was rising above the fissure eruption in the Holuhraun lava field north of the Dyngjujoekull glacier yesterday. No ash fall has been detected, however. Thousands of small earthquakes have rock ... Read More



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