Environment

Saving the Parrotfish: An opportunity for science to guide policy

Parrotfish in a cooler for sale at a fishing beach in St Catherine.

It is no secret that Jamaica has one of the most overexploited fisheries in the Caribbean — indeed in the world. In fact, it is not unusual at international scientific conferences to see Jamaica’s fisheries and degraded coral reefs used as the example of a worst-case scenario when compar ... Read More

A slide of a coral reef nursery in Placencia, Belize which was also financed by the Inter-American Development Bank. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Coral nursery success
Three months ahead of the formal end of its quest to identify and grow resilient coral species with ... Read More

Residents stand before a collapsed bridge brought down by Hurricane Earl in the Arroyito neighborhood, in Melchor de Mencos, Guatemala, on the Peten border with Belize, Thursday, August 4, 2016. (Photo: AP) Belize cashes in excess rainfall insurance
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands — CCRIF SPC (formerly the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Fa ... Read More

Garfield Robinson Climate Change strategy critical to poverty reduction — IDB
DISCOVERY BAY, St Ann — For the past two-and-a-half years, the Inter-American Development Bank ... Read More

Senior citizens install solar water heater

Wednesday, August 17, 2016    

Group Chief Financial Officer of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) Robert Clarke (left) and Chairman of the Rolph Grant Senior Citizens’ Home Management Committee Claudette Stephen view the solar water tanks installed at the facility during a tour of the home on Tuesday, July 26. (Photo: Courtesy of PCJ)

The Rolph Grant Senior Citizens’ Home has seen its electricity bills fall by more than 40 per cent as a result of its energy conservation programme bolstered by the installation of a solar water heater system partially funded by a $500,000 contribution from the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ). The Home, which previously had electricity bills as high as $52,000 per month, is a self-supporting outreach initiative of the Webster Memorial United Church in Kingston. The facility was est ... Read More

Markets, infirmaries to use Zero Energy Building technologies

Wednesday, August 17, 2016    

Desmond McKenzie (left), Minister of Local Government & Community Development, greets Anthony Clayton, Professor of Caribbean Sustainable Development, Institute for Sustainable Development, UWI, and Kevin Rodriguez, Project Manager, at a courtesy call to present an update on the Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) being constructed at the UWI.

Government has plans to use Zero Energy Building (ZEB) technology in the construction of markets and infirmaries in the island, according to Minister of Local Government & Community Development Desmond McKenzie McKenzie referencing the work being done to establish a Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, the minister said that the ministry “is taking active steps to reduce costs by using energy conservation technologies”. He was speak ... Read More

RADA makes fresh move to push cassava pancake mix

Tuesday, August 16, 2016    

Senior director at RADA’s Social Services and Home Economics Unit, Beverly Darby-Collins, displays dried broad beans produced by the unit for the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and  Food Show this year. (Naphtali Junior)

The Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) has joined a growing list of entities using cassava to produce by-products for consumers. But according to the senior director of RADA’s Social Services and Home Economics Unit, Beverly Darby-Collins, the product – Cassava Pancake Mix – is not really new. “We actually developed this [pancake mix] from 2000,” Barby-Collins told the Jamaica Observer at the Denbigh Agricultural, Industrial and Food Show held earlier this month a ... Read More

Fertigation Tips

Tuesday, August 16, 2016    

FERTIGATION In the late 1970s, the concept of ‘fertigation’ materialised to serve the agriculture sector. Fertigation (a combination of the words fertiliser and irrigation) is an effective method of applying fertilisers and other chemicals to crops through the existing irrigation system. The need for fertigation was derived from the fact that traditional methods of fertilisation were proving to be only partially effective and therefore left much to be desired. For example, at the ... Read More

PHOTO: Old Fort Bay mess

Friday, August 12, 2016    

Jamaicans and visitors clean the beach at Old Fort Bay in St Ann yesterday after garbage and other debris were washed into the sea by heavy rainfall Wednesday night. The beach has been in the news since Sunday when the Jamaica Observer reported that Old Fort Bay property owners have blamed the north-south link of Highway 2000 for the environmental damage to the bay. They have appealed to the public defender to intervene in a dispute about the damage they are having with China Harbour Engineering Company, the builders of the highway. Inset gives a closer look at the garbage the was cleaned from the sea at Old Fort Bay yesterday.

Jamaicans and visitors clean the beach at Old Fort Bay in St Ann yesterday after garbage and other debris were washed into the sea by heavy rainfall Wednesday night. The beach has been in the news since Sunday when the Jamaica Observer reported that Old Fort Bay property owners have blamed the north-south link of Highway 2000 for the environmental damage to the bay. They have appealed to the public defender to intervene in a dispute about the damage they are having with China Harbour Engineering ... Read More

LAC progresses towards regional agreement on environmental matters

Wednesday, August 10, 2016    

Delegates from 22 Latin American and Caribbean countries which signed the Declaration on the application of Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development began a four-day meeting in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, yesterday to boost negotiations of a regional agreement. The fourth meeting of the Negotiating Committee for the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters in Latin America and the Caribbean is organis ... Read More

Enviro news briefs

Wednesday, August 10, 2016    

Beach erosion in Negril.

Negril Hosts Erosion Solution Talks The Negril Chamber of Commerce is today expected to host a presentation on environmentally sound alternatives to combatting beach erosion at Couples Swept Away resort starting at 10:30 am. The presentation, titled Building with Nature, will explore the use of natural materials and ecological processes in achieving acceptable and sustainable coastal protection infrastructure. The presenters — coastal engineer Arjen Luijendijk, environmental ecosystems ... Read More

Uganda going solar

Wednesday, August 10, 2016    

SOROTO, Uganda — A casual worker levels the ground at a solar plant in Soroti in this photo taken Thursday, June 30, 2016. (Photo: AP)

SOROTI, Uganda (AP) — In this electricity-starved rural part of Uganda, men ride bicycles several kilometres to the nearest market town simply to charge their phones. That should change with the construction nearby of one of the largest solar plants in sub-Saharan Africa, where two-thirds of the population is without electricity and countries increasingly explore alternative sources of power. Frustrated by the slow pace of rural electrification in this East African country of 36 million ... Read More

Nature’s 2016 resource ‘budget’ already used up — report

Monday, August 08, 2016    

PARIS, France (AFP) — In just over seven months, humanity has used up a full year’s allotment of natural resources such as water, food and clean air — the quickest rate yet, according to a new report. The point of “overshoot” will officially be reached today, said environmental group Global Footprint Network — five days earlier than last year. “We continue to grow our ecological debt,” said Pascal Canfin of green group WWF, reacting to the annual ... Read More

Caribbean fishing industry at risk

Monday, August 08, 2016    

Marine catches in the Caribbean have been “drastically under-reported” says the head of an environmental research unit based in the United States.

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) — The lead researcher at a US-based environmental research unit has called for urgent action to ensure the future sustainability of the fishing industry in the Caribbean. Aylin Ulman, from the Sea Around Us — a research initiative at the University of British Columbia — also warned that the marine environment of local communities in the Turks and Caicos Islands and the rest of the Caribbean are being threatened as marine catches have been “dras ... Read More



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