Port Royal lab seeking ENERGY ALTERNATIVE

Port Royal lab seeking

DR Mona Webber, a marine ecologist and senior lecturer at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is on a quest to introduce the use of alternative energy at the Port Royal Marine Laboratory and Biodiversity Centre. In an interview with the Jamaica Observer during UWI Research Days 2015, We ... Read More

Island Grill patrons having meals in the soon-to-be-replaced plastic Yabba containers Away with plastic Yabba containers
JAMAICAN-GROWN fast food chain Island Grill is planning to trade in its plastic food containers for ... Read More

Employees of ATL Group are pleased with the amount of
garbage they were able to clean from Shipwreck Beach
on the Palisadoes Strip last Saturday. Working in tandem
with the National Environment and Planning Agency, the
volunteers cleared mounds of debris, including tyres and
a range of plastics. The event was in observance of
World Water Day, March 22. We did it!
Employees of ATL Group are pleased with the amount of garbage they were able to clean from Shipwreck ... Read More

Rows of Jamaican mahogany in the Foresty Department’s
shade house waiting to be transplanted. Land of wood... and greenery
THE Forestry Department yesterday announced that 441,000 hectares of the island was covered by fores ... Read More

Investing in disaster resilience vital for region — UN

Monday, March 09, 2015    

WAHLSTRÖM...the report is a wake-up call for countries to
increase their commitment to invest in smart solutions to
strengthen resilience to disasters

UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new United Nations report says investing in disaster resilience is vital for sustainable development in the Caribbean and other places. The 2015 Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction said that reducing poverty, improving health and education for all, achieving sustainable and equitable economic growth, and protecting the health of the planet now depend on the management of disaster risks in the day-to-day decisions of governments, companies, investor ... Read More

$15 million allocated to climate change pilot

Wednesday, March 04, 2015    

Inter-American Development Bank

A total of $15 million has been budgeted for the Climate Resilience II Adaptation Programme and Financing Mechanism (pilot), as part of measures to bolster support for climate change activities. This is outlined in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives. The programme, which is expected to start in April 2015, will generate information on approaches to address climate change challenges, help mainstream climate change into development planning and proces ... Read More

Wanton disregard of Negril development order to our demise

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    


ON Wednesday January 28, 2015 at 10 pm, I received an e-mail from the Ministry of Land Water Environment and Climate Change inviting me to a public meeting on Friday, January 30, 2015 at 2:00 pm in Negril to discuss certain provisions of the new provisional development order for the Negril and Green Island area. It was short notice and I was not able to attend. I later learned that the meeting was called to discuss an amendment to the building height restriction in the current development order. ... Read More

Leave the sea turtles!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

Leave the sea turtles!

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is urging members of the public to desist from capturing or harming sea turtles - which are protected under the Wild Life Protection Act. Based on information received, the agency recently conducted an operation in Mona, St Andrew, where five Hawksbill Turtle hatchlings were confiscated from a resident. The animals were processed and released into their natural habitat. The agency is doing further investigation into the incident. Four specie ... Read More

1 million trees over 4 years

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

1 million trees over 4 years

ONE million trees are to be planted over the next four years under the navel string project being undertaken by SCJ Holdings Limited (SCJH). The project was launched yesterday at the National Water Commission's Artificial Ground Water Aquifer Recharge Facility, located on Old Harbour Road in St Catherine. Several ministries and agencies as well as neighbouring schools participated. Representatives from the Forestry Department; Social Development Commission; National Environment and Planning A ... Read More

10 endangered sea turtles released back into Florida waters

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

Dr Tres Clarke, a veterinarian for the Audubon Nature Institute, holds an
endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle, which was rescued in New England, and
rehabilitated by the institute, before he releases it into the Gulf of Mexico on
Thursday, January 29, 2015. (PHOTO: AP)

ORLANDO, USA (AP) — Ten endangered sea turtles rescued from chilly Massachusetts waters late last year have been released back into the ocean off Florida. The SeaWorld Animal Rescue Team released the Kemp's Ridley sea turtles into the waters off the Canaveral National Seashore last week. They were among 72 Kemp's Ridley sea turtles rescued by the New England Aquarium in November after a mass cold stranding off the Massachusetts coast. They were transferred to SeaWorld Orlando, where most ... Read More

Oregon Chub: first fish taken off endangered list

Wednesday, February 18, 2015    

An Oregon Chub (right) swims with baby
salmon in the McKenzie River in Oregon.
(PHOTO: AP/Freshwaters Illustrated)

GRANTS PASS, USA (AP) — A tiny minnow that lives only in backwaters in Oregon's Willamette Valley is the first fish to be formally removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer in danger of extinction. The action comes 22 years after the three-inch long fish was first listed as an endangered species, and five years after it was upgraded to threatened. The Oregon Chub had practically disappeared from the Willamette Valley as the swampy backwaters and beaver ponds ... Read More

Multi-purpose edible hedging for your home

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Multi-purpose edible
hedging for your home

Every inch of farmland has the potential for use. How, then, can the home gardener maximise the utility of their yard? Multi-purpose plants are the key. Not all vegetables are as ugly as a radish top. Certain vegetables hold such hidden beauty that varieties are bred and planted as decor: kale, sweet potato, peppers, and asparagus have decorative varieties. Okra has a stunning flower, opening only during the day, cream with maroon centres. Artichoke has grey leaves and large iridescent purpl ... Read More

Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Guatemala undertakes photovoltaic solar panels project

GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala – A worker walks alongside rows of solar panels at the Horus photovoltaic power station in Chiquimulilla on Tuesday, February 3, 2015. Thousands of photovoltaic solar panels were installed at the new plant and will have a useful life of 25 years, according to the Onyx Group, owners and builders of the power station. The Horus plant project envisages a second phase to complete 90 MW of installed capacity. The facility is to sell energy under a longterm contract ... Read More

Plan calls for expanding Gulf of Mexico reef sanctuary

Wednesday, February 11, 2015    

Plan calls for
expanding Gulf of
Mexico reef

NEW ORLEANS, USA (AP) — A federal marine sanctuary protecting coral reefs in the Gulf of Mexico could grow five times in size under a plan being proposed to safeguard an even larger area of the Gulf from scavengers looking for historic shipwrecks, ships dropping anchor, commercial fishing and oil and gas drilling. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration wants to enlarge the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary from 56 square miles to cover 280 square miles. The sanc ... Read More



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