Saving coffee with birds

Arrowhead Warbler and the Jamaican Tody are
two of the bird species that eat coffee berry borer
and coffee leaf miner.

FOR the Jamaican coffee farmer, birds can be more than colourful feathers and cheerful tweets; They can be the saviours of an industry which, though internationally acclaimed for the quality of its product, has been in decline for more years than some people care to admit. For one thing, they prey ... Read More

Jamaican Tody (PHOTO: RICARDO MILLER) And the winners are...
THANK you, readers, for your many submissions to last week's name the bird. The correct answer, as ... Read More

What’s my name? What's my name?
The first two individuals to correctly name the birds pictured here will win great prizes courtesy o ... Read More

Farmers urged to sell organic coffee
THE multi-billion dollar organic food industry is ripe with opportunities for Jamaican coffee farmer ... Read More

Weather-related disasters displace millions in 2014

Wednesday, July 29, 2015    

GENEVA, Switzerland — In the last seven years, an estimated one person every second has been displaced by a disaster, with 19.3 million people forced to flee their homes in 2014 alone. Disaster displacement is on the rise, and as policy leaders worldwide advance towards the adoption of a post-2015 global agenda, the time has never been better to address it. The Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) released its global report, The Global Est ... Read More

Archduchess spends $25 million in 14 months on foundaton, marine lab

Sunday, July 26, 2015    

Francesca von H with a bag of Lionfish.

PORTLAND resident Archduchess Francesca von Habsburg-Lothringen has invested $25 million over the last 14 months in establishing the Alligator Head Foundation and Marine Lab. The University of the West Indies has committed $30 million dollars in staff and time to the project, with Dr Dayne Buddo as Research Director and a team of four principal investigators as well as associate support provided through the Portland Environment Protection Association. Primarily known as an art collector and fo ... Read More

And the winners are...

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Northern Potoo

CONGRATULATIONS Valdis Vassell and Stacy-Ann Lowe for being the first two Jamaica Observer readers to correctly guess the name of the Jamaican endemic bird featured last Wednesday. The answer was in fact Northern Potoo, otherwise called the Jamaican owl. Its calls are hoarse and guttural, sounding like "WHAAAH-whuh-whuh-whuh!" The Northen Potoo is a fairly large bird with grey-brown feathers and spanning a length of 38-46 centimetres. Its features include a long tail, long, pointed wings, a la ... Read More

Flying on garbage

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

United States Flag

NEW YORK, USA (AP) — The number of global fliers is expected to more than double in the next two decades. In order to carry all those extra passengers, airlines are turning to a technology very few can make work on a large scale: converting trash into fuel. They have no other choice. As people in countries such as China, India and Indonesia get wealthier, they are increasingly turning to air travel for vacation or business, creating an enormous financial opportunity for the airlines. The ... Read More

World mayors at Vatican urge 'bold climate agreement'

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Pope Francis (PHOTO: AP)

VATICAN CITY, The Vatican (AP) — The Vatican invited the 60 mayors to a two-day conference to keep up pressure on world leaders ahead of UN climate negotiations in Paris later this year. The meeting also aimed to promote Pope Francis' environment encyclical, which denounced what he calls a fossil fuel-based world economy that exploits the poor and destroys the Earth. One by one, the mayors lined up to sign a final declaration stating that "human-induced climate change is a scientific real ... Read More

Grenada mulls exporting SEAWEED TO CHINA

Wednesday, July 22, 2015    

Sargassum seaweed on the beach in Port Aransas, Texas, June 24, 2014. (PHOTO: AP)

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) - The Grenadian Government is seeking to determine whether the abundance of Sargassum seaweed washing up on its beaches can be of economic benefit to the Eastern Caribbean isle that is washed on the east coast by the Atlantic Ocean. At a post cabinet press briefing last week, Environment Minister Roland Bhola said based on a request from the Government of China, St George's University is leading research to identify the level and variety of the seaweed. Sargassum is ... Read More

And the winners are...

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

The Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo is only found
in Jamaica.

THANK you, readers, for your many submissions in last week's name the bird. You gave us Mangrove Cuckoo, Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo, Petchary, Potoo, Jamaican Lizard Cuckoo, Jamaican Cuckoo, Old Man/Old Woman Bird, Rain bird, and Old Man Quoki. The correct answer, as per the folks at BirdsCaribbean, is Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo. A lot of you got it right, but only the first two count, so CONGRATULATIONS OMAR DEANS AND TRACIE RICKARDS! As the name suggests, the Chestnut-bellied Cuckoo has a chestnut ... Read More

Peregrine falcons no longer threatened species in Illinois

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

Peregrine Falcon

CHICAGO, USA (AP) — In the early 1950s, there were no peregrine falcons in Illinois and scientists worried that the species would disappear entirely from North America. But officials with the Chicago Peregrine Programme announced yesterday that the quick-diving birds are flourishing in Illinois and are no longer in immediate danger. Over the years, the peregrine falcon's status has improved from endangered to threatened. Now the species has been removed from the state's endangered and th ... Read More

Record rains could affect shrimp, oyster harvesting in Texas

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    

Water shoots up between boards on a pier in San Leon,
Texas, during high tide Tuesday, June 16, 2015. The area
experienced a tidal surge due to Tropical Storm Bill.

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A surge of freshwater runoff brought on by heavy spring rains could cause problems for Galveston Bay shrimp and oyster harvesters this season, according to new predictions from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scientists say the influx of freshwater pushed many young shrimp out of the bay earlier in their lifecycle than usual in search of favourable salinity levels, possibly leading to smaller shrimp. Higher freshwater levels also wiped o ... Read More

What's my name?

Wednesday, July 15, 2015    


The first two individuals to correctly name the bird pictured here will win great prizes courtesy of the Jamaica Observer. A clue? It's found only in Jamaica. Submit answers to envirowatchja@gmail.com Northern Potoo.jpg (PHOTO: BIRSCARIBBEAN/WENDY LEE) What's my name? --> Read More



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