Love where you live

Guests at Jamaica Environment Trust’s 25th anniversary lunch hosted by  Stush in the Bush, St Ann on Sunday. (Photo: Adrian Creary)

Roughly hewn tables spread with locally grown, organic fare under a canopy of naseberry trees; home-made appetisers served in bamboo boats; and enviable views of both the mountains and the Caribbean Sea. Such was the setting of Love Where you Live, the Jamaica Environment Trust’s (JET’s ... Read More

Mangroves by the water’s edge, Falmouth, Trelawny. (Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation) Jamin — Students restore local mangrove forests
The following is an edited version of a blog called Planting the Seed by Amy Heemsoth, the Director ... Read More

The International Seabed Authority Headquarters in downtown Kingston. (Photo: Lionel Rookwood) ISA gets PaperSmart
There was visibly less paper at the opening of the International Seabed Authority’s (ISA) 22nd ... Read More

USAID offers solar project financing training
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) conducted a solar photovoltaic worksh ... Read More

Don’t feed the plastic monster!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016    

Peter Knight (fourth left), Chief Executive Officer of the National Environment and Planning Agency, and some of the agency’s partners view the plastic monster after its unveiling Friday last. From left are:  Nikki Lee, Assistant Marketing Manager of Progressive Grocers of Jamaica Limited; Christopher Corbin, Programme Officer, UNEP Caribbean Environment Programme; Patrick Lee, Managing Director of Lee’s Group (Lee’s Food Fair and Family Pharmacy) Dr Ernestine Watson of Everybody’s Pharmacy; Rachael Reid, Community Relations Officer of the National Solid Waste Management Authority and Johnathan Ewers.Photo: Courtesy of NEPA

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) unveiled an 8-ft plastic monster at its Cross Roads head office last Friday to signal the start of a push towards the use of re-usable shopping bags as opposed to single-use plastic ones. The unveiling coincided with International Plastic Bag Free Day, observed around the world on Sunday, July 3. NEPA’s monster, made of single-use plastic bags, is a reflection of the world’s ever-growing consumerism and waste management problems, ... Read More

Save the parrotfish!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016    

Parrotfish in a cooler for sale at a fishing beach in Portmore, St Catherine.

Calls for a ban on parrotfish appear to be gaining traction in the island, with Sandals Resorts International’s (SRI’s) launch today of a region-wide campaign called Save the Parrotfish, Save Our Islands. The effort will be spearheaded by the resorts’ environmental health and safety managers and will include a mix of public education campaigns on traditional and social media, jingle competitions, and training sessions with residents and fisherfolk in resort communities. Whe ... Read More

Jamaica’s energy policy: Obstruction or boost to wind and solar?

David Cooke | Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

David Cooke

The greatest advocate for low-cost solar and wind energy ought to be Government. Government could lead the transformation by example, mandating that all government-owned and -operated buildings, as well as the two international airports be powered by renewables. This, in addition to other measures articulated in my five previous pieces — including changing the power bidding policy-mandate to emphasise savings of fuel importation ahead of lowest cost of power, legalising income-producing cr ... Read More

Maryland wins!

David Cooke | Wednesday, June 29, 2016    

Members of the St Jago Cathedral Prep team perform a dub poem entitled Stop Pollution.Photo: Michael Gordon

Eight prep and primary schools from across the island were last Thursday awarded for campus-based environmental initiatives they implemented under the 2016 Schools Environment Programme (SEP). Maryland All-Age, located in Hanover, placed first, while Mar-Jam and Vista prep schools, both located in St Ann, were second and third, respectively. Maryland was awarded for innovative cultivation and usage of the turmeric plant, as well as the recycling of used tyres. Mar-Jam based their project on th ... Read More

We’re not giving up Negril Chamber says of breakwater issue

Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

The Negril Chamber of Commerce

The Negril Chamber of Commerce signalled yesterday that its opposition to the building of a breakwater in Negril is still very much on the table and suggested that the Andrew Holness-led Government is issuing conflicting information to the public on the issue. In a statement to the media, the chamber said Dutch firm Deltareson is to visit the island next month, on the invitation of Holness’s office to discuss alternative solutions to a breakwater installation. “The NCC has been in ... Read More

15-year window to benefit from low solar costs

David Cooke | Wednesday, June 22, 2016    

At the start of this series, a month ago, you learned about the powerful and predictive tools used in power planning — cost curves (also known as experience learning curves). Had we paid attention to these when planning, we would have been aware that the cost curves for fossil-fired power is upward and, in Jamaica’s case, are presently marginally higher than most renewables. Nuclear energy is now the most costly non-renewable source, with USA’s natural gas being the least cost ... Read More

Caribbean now home to two shark sanctuaries

Friday, June 17, 2016    

In this August 3, 2012 file photo, tourists walk along the shore of Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman Island. The Caribbean boasts two new shark sanctuaries as the Cayman Islands and St Maarten on Wednesday declared their territorial waters covering some 49,190 square miles (119,631 square kilometres) closed to all commercial shark fishing. Photo: AP

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — The Caribbean boasts two new shark sanctuaries as the Cayman Islands and St Maarten on Wednesday declared their territorial waters covering some 49,190 square miles (119,631 square kilometres) closed to all commercial shark fishing. During a three-day shark conservation meeting in the Dutch Caribbean country of St Maarten, the popular diving destinations announced protected areas for the endangered marine predators along with officials from Pew Charitable Trus ... Read More

The comeback of electric cars

David Cooke | Wednesday, June 15, 2016    

In a Jamaica Observer article of April 2014, I made you aware that despite its use for electricity generation, oil is essentially a transportation fuel accounting for some 80 per cent of all oil sales worldwide. You can read that first article at: http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/columns/Going-solar-can-reverse-the-dollar-slide_18720899 Fossil fuels became the world’s transport fuel for one main reason — energy storage in a mobile form. You burn the fossils as you drive, thereby relea ... Read More

Miami-Dade puts partial ban on Styrofoam

Wednesday, June 15, 2016    

Florida’s Miami-Dade county voted last week to ban all Styrofoam coolers, cups, plates and take out containers from all public parks — including marinas, beaches, trails and playing fields — effective July 1, 2017. Styrofoam is made from polystyrene, a petroleum-based plastic that is not biodegradable, thought to be carcinogenic, and poses health risks to human and marine life. According to a story published in the Miami Herald, the ban prohibits park users, including vendor ... Read More

Noranda takes Henry on greenhouse tour

Friday, June 10, 2016    

Mining Minister Mike Henry (right) listens intently to Noranda General Manager Antoine Liddell (left) as they tour the Watt Town greenhouse cluster on June 2. Also photographed are (from left) parliamentarian Xavier Mayne (partly hidden), Vincent Thompson of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF), Omar Sweeney also from JSIF; Parris Lyew-Ayee, executive director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute; and Kent Skyers of Noranda.

Transport and Mining Minister Mike Henry made his first visit to a mining entity since assuming office when he toured a section of the bauxite industry greenhouse farms being developed on Noranda Bauxite’s mining lands in St Ann on June 2. The minister was accompanied by executive director of the Jamaica Bauxite Institute (JBI) Parris Lyew-Ayee and managing director of the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) Omar Sweeney. He was welcomed to Noranda by General Manger Antoine Liddell and ... Read More



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