The future of energy

Renewable sources of energy, primarily solar, are on the increase among Jamaican households

WITH just 14 more years to achieve the energy security goals under Vision 2030, stakeholders in Jamaica are agreed that the time is ripe for an energy revolution in the country, and Future Energy Corporation, a self-described next-generation company headed by 29-year-old Sherife AbdelMessih, is pos ... Read More

The endemic Jamaican iguana Wetlands on show
The Palisadoes-Port Royal Protected Area in Kingston was on show yesterday as Jamaica, through lead ... Read More

Jamaica’s lobster industry has become the object of intense poaching by foreign commercial fishers. JET presses Kellier on controversial lobster licences
The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is pressing Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Derrick Kellier t ... Read More

(Photo: weather.com) Doppler radar to be replaced
THE island’s 16-year-old Doppler radar, sited on Cooper’s Hill in St Andrew, will be rep ... Read More

Enviro topics that will be trending in 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016    

Generating towers

Still on a high after December’s Paris climate talks in which 195 countries agreed to implement measures to reduce emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases with a view to keeping global temperatures closer to pre-industrial levels, local environment interests shared a list of subjects and/or issues they think will dominate the discussions in 2016. 1. At the top of the list is CLIMATE CHANGE. No surprise there. “With the recent signing of a new agreement that occurred in Pa ... Read More

Economics informed my decision — Pickersgill

Wednesday, January 27, 2016    

A landowner in Negril protects his property with rocks and stilts from the waterline which creeps further and further inland each year.

ENVIRONMENT Minister Robert Pickersgill, late Monday evening, said economic considerations formed the basis of his decision to overturn the order barring Yabyanas Limited from removing sand from a hotel construction site in Negril to another one in St Ann. Yabyanas is part of the Karisma Hotels and Resorts which is developing nine hotels — representing more than 4,000 rooms — in the island in the next “eight to 10 years”. Company data say it will be spending $900 million ... Read More

NEPA launches wetlands photo contest

Wednesday, January 27, 2016    

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) logo

THE National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) will be observing World Wetlands Day on February 2 and has launched a photo competition as part of its promotional efforts. Photos should be taken between January 12 and February 21 and should depict the theme ‘Wetlands for Our Future: Sustainable Livelihoods’. The competition is open to the general public and should depict wetlands as a source of income, as eco-tourism, as a habitat and nursery; or as a source of food. Manager ... Read More

Multimillion-dollar regional climate change initiative to be launched in Barbados

Saturday, January 23, 2016    

This image made available by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on December 17, 2015 shows warmer- or cooler-than-normal temperatures around the world for January through November 2015. If governments are serious about the global warming targets they adopted in Paris, scientists say they have two options: eliminating fossil fuels immediately or finding ways to undo their damage to the climate system in the future.  The first is politically impossible — the world is still hooked on using oil, coal and natural gas — which leaves the option of a major clean-up of the atmosphere later this century.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A new partnership to help disaster-prone Caribbean countries mitigate the effects and adapt to climate change will be launched here on January 28. The Caribbean Community (Caricom), Japan and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will launch the US$15-million Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership (J-CCCP) that will bring together policymakers, experts and representatives of affected communities to encourage policy innovation for climate technolo ... Read More

Grenada hosting inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy conference

Saturday, January 23, 2016    

MITCHELL... we recognise that waste is a valuable resource, an important source of energy, and that the current waste management practices are resulting in an economy and citizenry that are more vulnerable to the impacts of climate change

ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CMC) — A four-day inaugural Caribbean Waste to Energy Conference and Exposition began here on Wednesday with Prime Minister Dr Keith Mitchell indicating that Grenada is fully committed to working towards a zero-waste economy. He told delegates attending the conference, which is intended to improve understanding that effectively managed waste can be a renewable resource, that it was necessary for the island to develop such a policy, which will provide the frame ... Read More

Study points to region’s lack of E-waste disposal policies

Saturday, January 23, 2016    

The authors of the study note that Caribbean countries are aware of the relevance of adopting E-waste policies for key industries such as tourism, but in the absence of appropriate policies, has sprung up an “informal recycling sector that collects and recycles e-waste without the recommended security standards, leading to negative consequences for the environment and human health”.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — A study carried out in 15 English-Dutch-and Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries has found that there is no policy regarding the E-waste from all kinds of electronics. The Barbados-based Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), in partnership with the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), said the Caribbean E-Waste Study highlights the current risks to Caribbean countries and their populations regarding the absence of the policies dealing with the issue, in ... Read More

Planet shatters warming records, 2015 the hottest ‘by far’

Thursday, January 21, 2016    

Boat docks sitting empty on dry land in Folsom Lake reservoir near Sacramento during the severe drought in California last year. (Photo: AFP)

MIAMI, United States (AFP) — Blistering heat blanketed the Earth last year like never before, making 2015 by far the hottest year in modern times and raising new concerns about the accelerating pace of climate change. Not only was 2015 the warmest worldwide since 1880, it shattered the previous record held in 2014 by the widest margin ever observed, said the report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). “During 2015, the average temperature across global lan ... Read More

2015 for climate change: experts

Wednesday, January 20, 2016    

The oil and gas industry is not going to go away quietly.

When future generations write the history of humanity’s faltering quest to repair Earth’s climate system, 2015 will have its own chapter. Nature, along with the usually fractious family of nations, conspired to make it a landmark year: almost certainly the hottest on record for the planet as a whole, and a rare moment of unity when 195 states pledged to curb the carbon pollution that drives global warming. Whether the December 12 Paris Agreement is the key to our salvation or is ... Read More

Why moving sand from Negril matters

Diana McCaulay | Wednesday, January 20, 2016    

A stretch of the Negril beach

LAST week, a large volume of sand and soil was removed from the foundation excavations of a hotel in Negril and the ensuing commentary has focused on whether or not the investor had the correct permits and licenses. The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) would like to outline the reasons why the removal of beach sand from one part of the coastline to another is often problematic. Sandy beaches are built by a variety of processes – weathering of rocks, breakdown of coral and shells, depositi ... Read More

‘Picking up garbage is fun’

Wednesday, January 20, 2016    

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will host its 16th garbage collection and walking event — called GarbieWalkie — this weekend on the Palisadoes Strip in Kingston. It is set for Saturday, January 23, from 8:00 to 10:00 am. The meeting point is the end of the stone revetment closer to the airport roundabout. Interested participants are invited to register no later than today, Wednesday, January 20 by emailing takakiuchi1957@u01.gate01.com. Bring water, wear comfor ... Read More



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