Environment

Leave The Trees!

LEAVE
THE
TREES!

A father and son were sentenced to replant and maintain just over 900 trees after both men were caught cutting and attempting to remove the young plants from privately owned lands that have been declared as a forest management area. They are the first offenders to be prosecuted under the Forest Act ... Read More

Kelly Tomblin (left), president and CEO, Jamaica Public Service, answering questions of
residents from the community of Majesty Gardens after her presentation on November 12.
(PHOTOS: COURTESY OF JPS) Non-payers push up oil bill
KELLY Tomblin, president and CEO, Jamaica Public Service Company Limited (JPS), believes Jamaicans w ... Read More

'Hunger Games' tops US chart with $123 million on opening weekend
LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The third instalment of the blockbuster Hunger Games action movie s ... Read More

A page from the Development Alert! website, launched last night at the Terra
Nova Hotel in Kingston. New website gives data on new developments, environment impact
JAMAICANS now have greater access to information about infrastructure developments and their environ ... Read More

Continue to conserve water, Pickersgill

Friday, November 21, 2014    

PICKERSGILL… every effort is
being made to reduce or
eliminate non-revenue water

Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister Robert Pickersgill is urging Jamaicans to continue to conserve on their use of water and to protect the water resources close to their communities. The minister's appeal comes as a result of projections by the Meteorological Service that drought conditions could continue into March 2015. Addressing a land titling ceremony at the National Police College of Jamaica in Twickenham Park, St Catherine yesterday Pickersgill said although there has ... Read More

Bacteria-killing bacteria creates 95 per cent pure wastewater

Wednesday, November 19, 2014    

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.

Greenville's Wastewater Treatment Plant comprises a sprawling network of pipes, above and below ground. There is also a series of tanks that filter, separate and chemically treat sewage before discharging the largely purified water into the river. "We're fortunate to have the largest discharge stream in the country, and that's the Mississippi River," said Greenville Public Works Director Brad Jones, who oversees the treatment plant. The plant treats, on average, up to 10 million gallons of was ... Read More

JET kicks off Clean Coasts Project

Wednesday, November 12, 2014    

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.

PLUNGING to depths of up to 60 feet and as far offshore as 500 metres, members of the Jamaica Environment Trust's (JET's) marine conservation team have been harvesting refuse from the seafloor in two tourist locations in its latest undertaking - the Clean Coasts Project. JET said the divers spent an average of six hours per day over a two-day period in October scouring sites along both the Negril and Ocho Rios coastlines, removing things like engine blocks, an industrial cylinder, clothing, tow ... 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    

    Million-dollar
greenhouse

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



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