Environment

Caribbean to increase resilience to climate change through US$10-m grant

Inter-American Development Bank

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) - The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) says Caribbean countries will increase their resilience to climate change by enhancing the adaptive capacity across the region through a US$10.39-million grant. The IDB said the funds were approved with support from the Pilot Pro ... Read More

France seeks to boost
renewable energy, cut
nuclear use France seeks to boost renewable energy, cut nuclear use
PARIS (AP) — Ahead of the climate change Conference of the Parties here in December, France's ... Read More

Microbeads are a common feature in cosmetic products such
as body wash and toothpaste. (PHOTO: GORGETTE BECKFORD) US initiates plan to phase out plastic microbeads
DETROIT, Michigan (AP) — Two Michigan lawmakers say they and other members of Congress are spo ... Read More

The rushing waters near the source of the Martha Brae inside Cockpit Country. (COURTESY WINDSOR RESEARCH CENTRE) How Cockpit Country got its name
THE name Cockpit Country has its origins in the Maroon Wars, when a population of Maroons was able t ... Read More

Coal burners VS bird shooters

BY ALDANE WALTERS Observer writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

A makeshift kiln in the coal-burning area. (PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS)

COAL burners in St Catherine are crying 'fowl' over public perception that they are the main group responsible for destruction of forests in the parish. The group, which met last week with representatives of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (CCAM) in Hill Run, just outside of Spanish Town, was adamant that it is not coal burners, but bird shooters who are responsible for illegally and indiscriminately clearing forest cover in the area. "Bird shooters 'buck dung' di tree dem wi ... Read More

TCI tracks green turtles

Wednesday, May 20, 2015    

A green turtle with a transmitter attached to its back.

Two more teenage green turtles have been fitted with hi-tech satellite transmitters and released on the Caicos Banks as part of ongoing research by the Turks and Caicos Islands Turtle Project (TCITP) to find out about the movements of these spectacular animals. At the beginning of the month TCITP staff from the UK's Marine Conservation Society, the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs (DEMA) and the Amanyara Resort worked with South Caicos fishermen to catch the turtles and fit them w ... Read More

Eco-friendly training for farmers - Kellier

Monday, May 18, 2015    

KELLIER... the sustainability of the sugar industry rests in part
on how we preserve our environment.

THE Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries will be implementing a programme to train farmers and other stakeholders in environmentally friendly cultivation practices by September 30, 2015. "We will be establishing 10 hectares of green cane harvesting demonstration plots that incorporate three trash management options. These plots will be used to train our farmers in environment-friendly cane farming practices," portfolio Minister Derrick Kellier said. He was speaking at the official opening cer ... Read More

A 'Green' logo

Wednesday, May 13, 2015    

Meadowbrook High School student Jermaine Levene receives the third-place trophy. (PHOTOS: JOSEPH WELLINGTON)

AFTER having extended the competition deadline by three months, the environment ministry has now settled on a logo for its Climate Change Division. The vibrant, colourful, yet sophisticated winning piece was designed by Green Pond High School student Dihanroy Mitchell. It features solar panels neatly positioned on the letters CCD (the division's acronymn), which is perched on a map of the island. The bright yellow sun shining behind the letters, and a single wind turbine, as well as people pro ... Read More

OAS promotes circular economies in Caribbean

Wednesday, May 06, 2015    

THE Organisation of American States (OAS) hosted a high-level dialogue at its headquarters in Washington, DC, on Monday to discuss the progress of the Closed Looped Cycle Production (CLCP) in the Americas programme being implemented in Colombia, Panama and Trinidad and Tobago. The programme promotes greater adoption of sustainable design and cleaner production methods by micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in order to enhance their productivity, competiveness, and sustainability, as wel ... Read More

Germany helps Alpha shave light bill

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May 06, 2015    

Solar PV panels line the roof of the
woodwork shop at Alpha Institute.
(PHOTOS: LIONEL ROOKWOOD)

ALPHA Institute is expecting its electricity bill from Jamaica Public Service (JPS) any day now and if the projections are correct, the figure should be $80,000 less than the previous ones, which average half a million dollars a month. "I can hardly wait for my first JPS bill," executive director of the institute Sr Susan Frazer said Monday, unable to hide her enthusiasm at the prospects. She was speaking at the handover of a $4-million solar power system which the istitute, formerly called A ... Read More

WRA develops aquifer vulnerability map

Friday, May 01, 2015    

Drought
slows
economic
growth

THE Water Resources Authority (WRA) has prepared an aquifer vulnerability map for the island, which is aimed at providing information to protect the country's water resources from current and future impacts of drought and other climate-related events. Minister of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Robert Pickersgil made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday. "The vulnerability map indicates the potential risk ... Read More

Wetlands & wildlife

Wednesday, April 29, 2015    

The galvanised steel building that is the
Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre.

THREE storeys high, with each one smaller than the first, the Wetlands and Wildlife Interpretation Centre in Salt River, Clarendon is an architectural beauty. Add to that the fact that it sits in the wetlands, bordered by mangroves and charmed by the various birds, turtles, fish and crocodiles that call it home, and you'll feel a beckoning tug. "There are lots of things for people to see and do (here)," Executive Director of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM) Ingrid Parchm ... Read More

Regional economies face peril with declining coral reefs — report

Monday, April 27, 2015    

Regional economies face peril with
declining coral reefs — report

WASHINGTON, DC, USA (CMC) — The United Nations and conservation groups have warned the Caribbean that their economies are in peril with the decline of coral reefs. According to a report, years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs in the Caribbean and around the world to disappear. The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says erosion threatens not just fish and marine life that are supported by coral ecosystems, but a vast to ... Read More

Hanover youth councillors tackle environmental projects

Thursday, April 23, 2015    

Youth Mayor of Lucea Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Primary School (third left), is flanked by (from
left) Romario Guthrie of Cave Valley All-Age, Shamarie Williams of Sandy Bay Junior High,
Daniel Miller of Knockalva Technical and Kevoy Hall of Askenish All-Age, shortly after they
unveiled their projects at the recent monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council.
(PHOTO: ANTHONY LEWIS)

LUCEA, Hanover - Several environmental projects are among the initiatives to be undertaken by the 2014/2015 youth councillors for Hanover. Last week, five youth councillors unveiled their projects at the regular monthly meeting of the Hanover Parish Council, following weeks of consultations with their peers and school administration. The youth mayor and councillors were selected last October from schools across six parish council divisions in the parish. Youth Mayor Rheanna Kerr of Lucea Prim ... Read More



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