Environment

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This man was spotted in Richmond Park, Kingston, on Wednesday carrying bags with plastic bottles for recycling. (PHOTO: JOSEPH WELLINGTON) Read More

Richard Thompson, acting director general of the Office of Disaster
Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), address the workshop,
Wednesday. (PHOTO: TYRONE SIMMS) ODPEM, CDEMA discuss ways to integrate climate risk into disaster risk management
THE Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in collaboration with the Carib ... Read More

Volunteers from a Sandals resort
lug bags of debris on International
Coastal Cleanup Day 2013. Coastal clean-up registration deadlines approach
IF you plan to host a river or beach clean-up activity on International Coastal Cleanup Day (ICC), y ... Read More

NAIROBI, Kenya — In this Wednesday, June 5, 2013 file
photo, a keeper feeds a baby orphaned elephant with milk
from a bottle, at an event to commemorate World
Environment Day at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
Elephant Orphanage. (PHOTO: AP/BEN CURTIS) Did you know that...
* Yesterday, August 12 was observed as World Elephant Day? * There are two species of elephants ... Read More

Mozambique works to break vicious cycle of environmental degradation and poverty

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

This area of the Zambezia coast, once
lined with coconut trees, now stands
bare. (PHOTO: UNDP-UNEP PEI)

THE coconut trees along the coastline of Zambezia -- a province in northern Mozambique, located on the south eastern end of the African continent — provide livelihood opportunities for local communities and an estimated 1.7 million people. But since 2003, as many as one million coconut trees have been lost due to a lethal disease. At the present rate of spread, more than 50 per cent of the coconut area is likely to be lost over the next few years. The loss of this vital resource has crea ... Read More

62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show

Wednesday, August 13, 2014    

Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of
the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the
charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR)

Junior agriculturalist at Food for the Poor Jamaica Ezron Richards (right) presents cucumber seedlings to a patron during her visit to the 62nd annual staging of the Denbigh agricultural show from August 1-3 in Clarendon. The distribution of various agricultural produce was part of the testing phase of an initiative the charity wishes to roll out soon in an effort to encourage more people to plant trees and grow their own produce. (PHOTO: COURTESY OF FOOD FOR THE POOR) Read More

PHOTO: Early to bed, early to rise

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

Early to bed,
early to rise

Egrets bed down for the night in a clump of mangroves that line the South Negril River. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) Early to bed, early to rise --> Read More

C'bbean gov'ts buy excess rainfall insurance

Wednesday, August 06, 2014    

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) announced on Monday that eight of its members have purchased excess rainfall insurance coverage for the 2014/2015 policy year. The countires — Anguilla, Haiti, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, St Kitts & Nevis, St Vincent & the Grenadines and Saint Lucia — are the first of the 16-member group to have made the step. All members have had CCRIF hurricane and/or earthquake policies sinc ... Read More

Even a baby can cross it

BY KARYL WALKER Editor - Crime/Court Desk walkerk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 03, 2014    

The once-raging Wag Water River has been reduced to a mere trickle.

IN June 2011, Clifton 'Cliff Twang' Brown shot to fame after he gave a Television Jamaica interview at a ford when the Yallahs River was in spate, saying 'Nobody canna cross it'. Last week, when the Jamaica Observer visited the same ford linking Mavis Bank to Roberts Field in East Rural St Andrew, even a baby could cross the Yallahs River. The Yallahs River, one of five which supply the Corporate Area with water, has been reduced to a mere trickle. Huge rocks and shrubs were seen in the usual ... Read More

Experts meet to discuss anti-pollution strategies

Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

Participants from the seventh steering committee meeting of the Regional Marine Pollution Emergency Information and Training Centre for the Wider Caribbean for
the Oil Spills Protocol, in Curacao in May. (PHOTO: COURTESY UNEP CEP)

IT is no secret that over 80 per cent of the Caribbean Sea is polluted by land-based sources and activities such as deforestation, untreated wastewater, oil spills, agricultural runoff, farm waste, and litter. This affects livelihoods, people's health, island economies, and ecosystems. To address these problems, pollution experts from across the region recently met and recommended a raft of measures which they hope will stem the tide of pollution. The recommendations put forward by the United ... Read More

Scientist pushes for treated effluent to be part of water resources

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, July 30, 2014    

The US$50-million Soapberry Wastewater Treatment plant which comprises 16 ponds, treats 30 per cent of the Corporate Area’s wastewater. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTOS)

REUSING wastewater might not be able to alleviate the current crisis of water shortage and raging bush fires brought on by the prolonged dry spell being experienced across the island, but biochemist and bioprocess engineer Denise Forrest believes it ought to form part of government's water strategy for future planning. Wastewater is defined as any water contaminated by human use. It is generally put into two categories: greywater -- that generated from wash tubs, washing machines, kitchen sink ... Read More

Japan gives Caribbean US$15m for climate change projects

Tuesday, July 29, 2014    

Japanese Prime Minister Abe (left in gray suit)  in Trinidad.
(PHOTO: TRINIDAD EXPRESS)

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) — Japan is providing US$15 million to help several Caribbean Community (Caricom) countries cope with the impact of climate change. The "Project for Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership" will help Guyana, Grenada, Jamaica, Suriname, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Dominica and Belize build the capacity to cope with climate change. The agreement was signed on the margins of the first ever Japan-Caricom summit here on Monday that was attended by ... Read More

Worst of the drought is yet to come, Pickersgill warns

By Tanesha Mundle Observer staff reporter mundlet@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 21, 2014    

PICKERSGILL... this is a challenge, and it is one that is made
worse by higher temperatures and windy conditions

Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill did not speak with water in his mouth as he warned Jamaicans last night to brace for worsening drought conditions and more water restrictions. The minister in a national televised broadcast said that the drought had worsened considerably in several communities in the island and that the dry spell was expected to continue for much longer. He said that the inflows into several of the country's large reservoirs were well be ... Read More

What is to become of us?

BY PAUL HENRY Crime/Court desk co-ordinator henryp@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 21, 2014    

This fishing village is to be
demolished for development of a
marina and entertainment complex as
part of the development of the Forum
Hotel property.

Scores of fisherfolks are bittterly complaining of being hard done by, as the state-run Urban Development Corporation (UDC) moves to clear a strip of fishing beach slated for development as a marina and entertainment complex, on the old Forum Hotel property in Portmore, St Catherine. The fishermen claimed to have been left off a list of persons who are to be relocated to a nearby plot of land on the nearby Port Henderson Road. They also charged that in their place, several persons who were neit ... Read More



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