Environment

What a waste!

Colour-coded recycling bins on East Avenue in Greenwich Town are brimming over, but not according to the separation code printed on them. (Collin Green)

If you have been using East Avenue, Maxfield Avenue, and Waltham Park Road over the last two months or so, you would have noticed sets of green, blue and lavender bins at different points along the road. They are intended for the separation of garbage — green for plastic bottles, lavender f ... Read More

Study: Climate change will lead to annual coral bleaching in the Caribbean
UNITED NATIONS (CMC) — A new study has predicted that if current trends continue and the world ... Read More

The CRFM says the project prepared six new manuals to help fish inspectors apply the best international practices to the inspection of fishing vessels, processing establishments, and aquaculture facilities. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Regional group welcomes conclusion of regulatory project for CARIFORUM countries
BELMOPAN, Belize (CMC) —The Belize-based Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) says it ... Read More

This file photo taken on March 2, 2016 shows an iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula. (Photo: AFP) Huge Antarctic ice block set to break off — scientists
PARIS, France (AFP) — A massive ice block nearly 100 times the area of Manhattan is poised to ... Read More

17 ways to be good to Mother Earth (and yourself) in 2017

Wednesday, January 04, 2017    

Each bottle has a value of about $10 or $15 but it adds up, especially if you entertain a lot. (Photo: Antonio Graham)

What better commitment to make at the start of the year than taking better care of the planet we call home, and in turn taking care of ourselves? The best and most fundamental way to do that is to stick to all things natural or stay as close to it as possible. Otherwise, reducing how much we consume, reusing everything that lends itself to that, and recycling such things as plastics, aluminium and paper products, has to be the order of the day. Here are 17 things you can do this year to be goo ... Read More

‘Wattway’ opens

Wednesday, December 28, 2016    

France’s sustainable development minister Ségolène Royal (centre) assisted with the laying of the first solar PV pavers at a test site in Marseille back in March. (Photo: AFP)

France on Thursday inaugurated the world’s first “solar highway” in the small Normandy town of Tourouvre. The one-kilometre (half-mile) “Wattway” covered with 2,800 square metres (30,000 square feet) of resin-coated solar panels cost €5 million (£4.2m) to construct and will be used by about 2,000 motorists a day during a two-year test period to see if it can generate enough energy to power street lighting in the village of 3,400 residents. It was ... Read More

66-lb turtle returned to ocean after rehab in Florida

Wednesday, December 28, 2016    

In this photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, Casper the loggerhead sea turtle is walked to the water to be released on Christmas Eve, off the Florida Keys. The more-than-100-pound female reptile was returned home to the Atlantic Ocean just in time for the holidays, after being treated for an intestinal impaction for nearly three months at the Florida Keys-based Turtle Hospital. (Photo: Florida Keys News Bureau)(AP)

JUNO BEACH, Florida (AP) — Dozens of animal lovers gathered on Juno Beach yesterday morning to watch Nicklen, a 66-pound loggerhead sea turtle, being released into the Atlantic Ocean . Nicklen was found in the Jupiter Inlet just outside Dubois Park in October. It had barnacles — sticky crustaceans related to crabs, lobsters, and shrimps— covering its shell and flippers and suffered from an intestinal infection that made it difficult to float. Loggerhead Marinelife Center in J ... Read More

Energy companies plan to boost wind generation in New Mexico

Wednesday, December 28, 2016    

A wind turbine farm near Glenrock, Wyoming. Renewable energy developers say they are hopeful about the future despite President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to bring coal mining jobs back. In recent years, huge solar and wind farms have sprouted up on public desert land in the Western United States buoyed by generous federal tax credits. (Photo: Matt Young/AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — Energy companies are expected to double the generating capacity of wind farms in eastern New Mexico over the next few years, thanks in part to federal subsidies and improvements in technology. More than a gigawatt of wind capacity is now under construction or planned in New Mexico, said Jeremy Lewis, head of the energy, conservation and management division at the State Energy, Minerals, and Natural Resources Department. If all of that comes on line, that would be e ... Read More

Don’t buy protected animals as gifts — NEPA

Saturday, December 24, 2016    

A black billed parrot.

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is warning members of the public who may be seeking to purchase pets as gifts for the Christmas season to be careful not to buy protected species. Some protected animals include the Yellow-billed Parrot, the Black-billed Parrot, the Crested Quail Dove, the Jamaican Parakeet, the American Crocodile and the Jamaican Boa (Yellow Snake). “It is an offence under the Wild Life Protection Act (WLPA) to possess, hunt, kill, capture or wilfully ... Read More

Oklahoma warns of more quakes from energy drilling

Wednesday, December 21, 2016    

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma — In this September 12, 2016 photo, Matt Skinner, public information officer at the Oklahoma Corporation Commission, speaks during a news conference on recent earthquake activity in the state. A map of the area of activity is in the background. (Photo: AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (AP) — Oklahoma regulators said yesterday that the number of induced earthquakes could increase as oil and gas production expands in a broad area of the state, and they’re telling energy companies that they need to be ready to shut down if a temblor exceeds magnitude 3.5. The Oklahoma Corporation Commission’s Oil and Gas Division and the Oklahoma Geological Survey have developed new guidelines to help producers deal with the risks of earthquakes linked ... Read More

‘Billions available for climate change but...’

Wednesday, December 21, 2016    

SCOTLAND… An increased empowerment and inclusion of women is not just about fairness, it’s about huge economic opportunity

Island states, which climate scientists have repeatedly said are more at risk from increased flooding, higher rates of beach erosion and eventual submersion by the sea as a result of more severe weather events brought on by climate change, could save themselves and their populations by tapping into the funds available for mitigation of and adaptation to the stresses. There is only one problem. Access to the funds is complex, making it difficult for individual countries to secure on their own. ... Read More

Small countries most vulnerable to warming climate, IMF warns

Friday, December 16, 2016    

A man collects debris from homes damaged by Cyclone Pam outside the Vanuatu capital of Port Vila on March 15, 2015. The Category 5 cyclone caused the country’s economy to contract by 0.8 per cent in 2015, when it had previously been forecast to grow by 3.5 per cent. (Photo: AFP/UNICEF Pacific)

WASHINGTON, DC, United States (AFP) – The world’s smallest countries are highly vulnerable to climate change and should work to adapt as sea levels rise and storms grow more frequent, according to an International Monetary Fund (IMF) report released Monday. However, the needs of such states – those with the lowest populations and least land mass – are underfunded by as much as US$1 billion annually, the IMF report said, calling on both the fund and smaller member states ... Read More

Jamaica dedicates Dolphin Head Forest Reserve to Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy

Wednesday, December 14, 2016    

A section of the 1,167-hectare Dolphin Head Forest Reserve in western Jamaica.

The Forestry Department has reported that it, on the behalf of the Government of Jamaica, has dedicated Dolphin Head Forest Reserve in western Jamaica as part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy (QCC) project. The reserve, which covers approximately 1,167 hectares across six forest estates — Quasheba Mountain, Raglan Mountain, Geneva Mountain, Bath Mountain, Baulk Pen, and George’s Plain Mountain — is recorded to have a higher density of local endemic plant species and ... Read More

Jennifer Layke to advise incoming secretary

Wednesday, December 14, 2016    

LAYKE...if the incoming secretary truly wants to boost America’s economy, health and security, he should look no further than extending the Department’s commitment to clean, renewable energy

WASHINGTON, USA (WRI) — According to multiple media reports, President-elect Donald Trump will select Governor Rick Perry to lead the Department of Energy. Perry was governor of Texas from 2000 to 2015, and twice ran for president of the United States. As secretary of energy, he would lead the department’s mission to “ensure America’s security and prosperity by addressing its energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solut ... Read More



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