Environment

Adaptation vs development a false dichotomy — Pt 1

The world will need an estimated $140 billion per year — or more — to help adapt to the damaging impacts of climate change, according to recent research, but, as World Resources Institute (WRI) puts it, funders have become caught up in drawing lines between adaptation and development... Read More

Waste not, want not
At age 56, Vietnamese farmer Luan is still actively working the land. She is also still learning new things and open to fresh ideas. In 2015 she agreed to turn part of her smallholding into a demonstration site as part of Biochar for Sustainable Soils – a...... Read More

Have your plate and eat it too
As governments and industry leaders around the world start to take notice of mounting plastic waste and action initiatives to slow its release into the environment, creative entrepreneurs are uncovering unconventional approaches to help point them in the right...... Read More

JET launches ICC 2018
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) kicked off the local 2018 International Coastal Cleanup (ICC) Day with a beach clean-up of the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston on Monday, netting 19 bags of garbage weighing over 280 pounds in an hour.... Read More

KFTL collects 30,000 bottles in six weeks

Wednesday, August, 1 2018    

Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) has reported that it collected close to 30,000 bottles, weighing 970 lbs, for recycling in the first six weeks of its environmental initiative tagged 'KFTL Go Blue: Recycling Begins with you'. Read More

A ribbon of trees

Wednesday, August, 1 2018    

Nine months after Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) received an inaugural grant of US$30,000 from Jamaica Conservation Partners (JCP) to mark the boundaries of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and World Heritage Site, it has planted the... Read More

Colombia promises deforestation-free chocolate by 2020

Wednesday, July, 25 2018    

BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Government of Colombia — along with its largest cocoa company, Casa Luker, and the members of the National Cocoa Federation — has committed to eliminate deforestation from the country's cocoa supply chain by 2020. The commitment will be supported... Read More

Harvesting rain could help Caribbean countries keep the water on after hurricanes — researchers

Wednesday, July, 18 2018    

The following is a feature published yesterday by non-profit academic journalism outlet The Conversation. It was written by academic experts Cecilia A Green and Farah Nibbs who are designing rainwater harvesting tanks with built-in filters for use in the Caribbean. Green is Associate... Read More

Crop modelling expert for UWI summer programme

Wednesday, July, 18 2018    

In a move to help the region's agricultural sector adapt to climate change and increase the number of Caribbean professionals and institutions involved in the field of crop modelling, The University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Government of Jamaica, through the... Read More

Jamaica needs to set aside US$121 million a year for hurricanes, floods

Wednesday, July, 18 2018    

Within the context of the fast-approaching peak of the hurricane season, the World Bank on Monday presented the Government of Jamaica with an assessment of the legislative, financial management, fiscal, and insurance market environment in Jamaica, and proposed a new... Read More

World's forests shrink one per cent

Wednesday, July, 11 2018    

Latin America is one of three regions where deforestation persists, according to The State of the World's Forests 2018, published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) last Friday. Read More

'Massive shock'

Wednesday, July, 11 2018    

In an expression of public opinion that's rare for diplomats, the European Union representative in Jamaica has described pervasive littering and dumping in the island as “a massive shock” to first-time visitors and a contradiction to the scenic views... Read More

The keepers of the forest

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

The Forestry Department lived up to the symbolism of its 80th anniversary last week when, instead of traditional trophies made from plastic and coated with metallic finishes, it awarded Forest Heroes in nine categories with hand-crafted leaves from the oak... Read More

Father and son collect over 100,000 bottles for LASCO REAP competition

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Newstead Primary School's Cadell Menzie teamed up with his father and teacher, Clovis Menzie, in a strategic effort to collect the most bottles in this year's LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) competition. Read More

World Water Forum set for Sub-Saharan Africa for first time

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

The World Water Forum, the largest international platform to discuss water-related problems and find solutions for some of the world's most pressing water challenges, will be held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the greatest water security needs... Read More



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