New website gives data on new developments, environment impact

A page from the Development Alert! website, launched last night at the Terra
Nova Hotel in Kingston.

JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environmental impact, following the launch last night of a new interactive website -- Development Alert! -- created by the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), World Resources Institute, and the Access Initiativ ... Read More

PICKERSGILL… every effort is
being made to reduce or
eliminate non-revenue water Continue to conserve water, Pickersgill
Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is urging Jamaicans to conti ... Read More

This November 14, 2014 photo shows large troughs that aerate the sewage allowing bacteria to grow as it consumes waste from
the waters at the wastewater treatment facility in Greenville, Mississippi. Bacteria-killing bacteria creates 95 per cent pure wastewater
Greenville's Wastewater Treatment Plant comprises a sprawling network of pipes, above and below grou ... Read More

A diver collects garbage from
the Negril seafloor. The diver is
participating in a series of
underwater clean-ups funded by
the Tourism Enhancement Fund,
and executed by the Jamaica
Environment Trust as part of the
Clean Coasts Project. JET kicks off Clean Coasts Project
PLUNGING to depths of up to 60 feet and as far offshore as 500 metres, members of the Jamaica Enviro ... Read More

Dutch to test solar panels on bicycle path

Wednesday, November 12, 2014    

KROMMENIE, Netherlands – Bicyclists are forced to use the pavement passing a stretch of
bicycle path where a solar panel roadway is being constructed in Krommenie, north of
Amsterdam, Netherlands. (PHOTO: AP)

KROMMENIE, Netherlands (AP) — A project dubbed "SolaRoad" gets under way in the Netherlands this week, testing roadways as a potential canvas to collect solar energy. Fittingly for the cycle-crazy Dutch, the first SolaRoad is a bike path not far from Amsterdam. The path is built of massive, Lego-like modules of solar panels embedded in concrete, each with heavy-duty glass on top protecting them from wear. An additional rough translucent plastic coating ensures bikers don't slip. Yesterda ... Read More

Million-dollar greenhouse

Wednesday, November 12, 2014    


SOWING SEEDLINGS: Sixth form student at the Manning's School in Westmoreland and regional top-scorer in the 2014 sitting of CSEC agriculture in the Caribbean Taylor McKenzie (stooping) assists head of the agriculture department at the school, Richard Washington, to sow seedlings in the institution's newly refurbished greenhouse. Observing them are a group of McKenzie's schoolmates and field officer at Food for the Poor Othneil Carby. Food For The Poor and Digicel Foundation undertook the refurbi ... Read More

Caricom draws climate change deal red line

Sunday, November 09, 2014    

(L-R) MAHLUNG... we will not accept a bad agreement. SPOONER... Caricom is taking more than a moral stance

The 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) is making it clear that it is prepared to walk out of the world climate change talks in Peru next month if rich countries are not prepared to agree on a deal that will reduce the impact of climate change on the region. The 20th Conference of Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is expected to work towards a legally binding agreement to be signed in Paris in 2015. Countries are expected to agree on ways t ... Read More

Concerns raised in St Lucia about illegal harvesting of sea urchins

Friday, November 07, 2014    

Commercially harvested sea urchins being offloaded at a fishing marina

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) -- The St Lucia National Trust (SLNT) says it is becoming "increasingly concerned" about the illegal and indiscriminate harvesting of sea urchins (chadon), particularly in the southern city of Vieux Fort. SLNT said that some staff members on a routine visit to Maria Islands late last month came across "remnants of sea urchin shells, including young ones which were useless to the poachers, [that] were scattered on the islet's shores. "What is even more disturbing is that poa ... Read More

Good News for sugar cane

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Environment Watch writer | Wednesday, November 05, 2014    

From left) Paul Henriques, managing director of J Wray and Nephew Limited, and Newport-
Fersan (Jamaica) Limited’s Managing Director, Dennis Valdez in discussion with Luther
Buchanan, minister of state for agriculture, labour and social security; and Permanent Secretary
in the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries Donovan Stanberry. The group was at the recently
held Field Day at Holland Estate in St Elizabeth. (PHOTOS: AINSWORTH MORRIS)

KING sugar, the crop on which the economies of the former British West Indian colonies were built, looks set to rebound as a major contributor to Jamaica's agriculture industry. That is, if the past four years of experimenting with a fertiliser treated with micronutrients is anything to go by. Through a partnership with fertiliser producers Newport-Fersan, J Wray & Nephew, one of the island's premier rum distilleries, has been using the formula at its farm at Holland Sugar Estate in St El ... Read More

Beware resurgence of DROUGHT

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

Minister of Water, Land,
Environment and Climate
Change Robert Pickersgill
(left) and National Water
Commission regional
water supply manager for
the South East, Keon
Hinds, on site at the Mona
Dam earlier this year.

MINISTER with responsibility for the environment Robert Pickersgill is warning that the southern sections of St Elizabeth, Clarendon and St Catherine in particular could slip back into abnormally dry drought conditions between now and December as a result of a low rainfall outlook. In adition to that, he is urging people to prepare for the traditional drought period which begins in another month, by conserving on water use and employing methods like rainwater harvesting. The country has been i ... Read More

Anguillla to access US$500,000 for Gonzalo damage

Wednesday, October 29, 2014    

This image provided by NOAA was taken at 11:15 pm EDT Thursday October 16, 2014. It shows Hurricane Gonzalo as it approaches Bermuda with maximum
sustained winds of 140 mph moving north-northeast at 14 mph according. Gonzalo was expected to pass within 29 miles (46 kilometers) of Bermuda, close enough
to be considered a direct hit. (PHOTO: AP)

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility) is preparing to pay out approximately US$500,000 to the Government of Anguilla under its excess rainfall insurance policy as a result of heavy rains that affected the country during Hurricane Gonzalo, the company announced Monday. It will be the second payment Anguilla will receive from CCRIF, having received US$4,282,733 in 2010 under the company's tropical cyclone policy following the p ... Read More

Biodiversity to guide development

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Director of the Planning Projects, Evaluation and Research Division at NEPA, Novelette Douglas (right) points out some of the
plant and animal species that make up Jamaica’s vast biodiversity to (from left) programme specialist at the UNDP Richard Kelly,
deputy director general of the PIOJ Claire Bernard, and senior director in the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate
Change Gillian Guthrie. Occasion was Thursday’s inception workshop for the National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan
project at Courtleigh Hotel. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

GOVERNMENT'S environment and planning agency has begun the process of updating the country's National Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan (NBSAP), which is expected to inform the island's development decisions and poverty-reduction strategies. The revised plan will serve as a "strong basis for the country to achieve more of its sustainable development goals post-2015", according to the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA). Director of the Environmental Management and Conservation ... Read More

'The hottest September in 135 years'

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

This October 2, 2014, file photo shows women shading
themselves from the hot sun in the Chinatown section of
downtown Los Angeles. It sounds like a broken record, but last
month again set a new mark for global heat. And
meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie the hottest year
ever recorded, or more likely break it. (PHOTO: AP)

EARTH is on pace to tie or even break the mark for the hottest year on record, federal meteorologists say. That's because global heat records have kept falling in 2014, with September the latest example. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit (15.72 degrees Celsius). That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and Augus ... Read More

5 Facts about Climate Change in the Caribbean

Wednesday, October 22, 2014    

Climate change,

NATURAL events and human activities contribute to an increase in average temperatures around the world. Increases in greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide (CO2), is the main cause. Our planet and our region are warming. This leads to a change in climate. 1. The Caribbean is a minute contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, but will be among the most severely impacted. 2. We are already experiencing its impacts with more frequent extreme weather events, such as the 2013 rain event ... Read More



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