Worst of the drought is yet to come, Pickersgill warns

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 ... Read More

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. What is to become of us?
Scores of fisherfolks are bittterly complaining of being hard done by, as the state-run Urban Develo ... Read More

Raw sewage flows
on this street in
front of homes in
Riverton Meadows. Riverton Meadows plagued by raw sewage
RESIDENTS of Riverton Meadows in western St Andrew say they have been paying up to $9,000 bimonthly ... Read More

HUNTER LOVINS... climate
change is not about polar
bears, it’s about business
(PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) 'Coal does not have a future'
JAMAICA'S private sector was yesterday warned not to allow coal-fired plants into the country's ener ... Read More

ISA issues two new contracts for exploration

Friday, July 18, 2014    

Whatever presdient of the historic 20th session of the Assembly of the International Seabed Authority Antonio Francisco da Costa e Silva Neto (left) had to say surely had Secretary General Nii Allotey Odunton in stitches.

AS of May this year, the International Seabed Authority (ISA) had issued 16 contracts for exploration of the deep seabed, covering some 900,000 km2 in the Atlantic, Indian and Pacific oceans. Twelve of the contracts are for polymetallic nodules, two for polymetallic sulphides, and the other two for cobalt-rich ferromanganese crusts. The most recent contractors are Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation, whose contract took effect on January 27 this year, and China Ocean Mineral Resour ... Read More

OVER-FISHING for conservation

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

A fisherman debones lionfish at Forum Fishing Beach in Portmore, St Catherine. (PHOTO: KIMONE THOMPSON)

GRAND CAYMAN, Cayman Islands — Comfort Suites Grand Cayman, which is franchised by Choice Hotels International, Inc is working to help rid the Cayman Islands waters of the invasive lionfish introduced to the Caribbean from the Asia-Pacific region. Partnering with local dive company Ambassador Divers and the Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL), the hotel has launched a fishing tournament which is counter-intuitive to the norms of sustainable fishing. "Our lionfish tournament, held four t ... Read More

'I won't stop eat parrot'

Wednesday, July 16, 2014    

Pounds of parrotfish for sale at a popular
fishing beach in Portmore, St Catherine.

Jamaicans at home and abroad have reacted strongly to the proposal that the parrotfish be banned in order to restore the island's corla reefs and beaches. The Jamaica Observer reported a week ago that director of the Negril Coral Reef Preservation Society mooted that the species be declared endangered, arguing that a single parrotfish can excrete up to 800 lbs of sand in its lifetime. He was backed up by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world's oldest and largest ... Read More

Hidden in plain sight

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Monday, July 14, 2014    

The headquarters of the International Seabed Authority on Port Royal Street,
downtown Kingston is on the same compound as the Jamaica Conference Centre.

THE Jamaica Conference Centre and its location on Kingston's waterfront are not unfamiliar to most people. The International Seabed Authority (ISA) secretariat, on the other hand, although it's on the same compound and sits right next to the centre, is Greek to most people, even Kingstonians. It's almost as if it were hidden in plain sight. Take my most recent visit to the ISA, for example: The driver had no clue where I meant or what I was talking about until I said the words "conference centr ... Read More

Warning for Caribbean countries as sea level continues to rise

Monday, July 14, 2014    

Fishing boats lay lie on the beach at the Old Harbour Fishing
Village in St Catherine. A United States report on climate
change charges that sea level rise combines with other
climate-related impacts and existing pressures such as land
subsidence, causing significant economic and ecological
implications in the Southeast and Caribbean regions.

ST GEORGE'S, Grenada (CMC) — Director of the Environmental and Occupational Health Track of the Public Health Department of St George's University is predicting a bleak future for the Caribbean amid concerns that the rate of sea level rises beyond the anticipated three millimetres mark. Hugh Sealy, who is also chairman of the board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) said sea level rise for the Caribbean is inevitable regardless of what decisions are taken now. "No matter what we do ... Read More

Nicaragua Canal path chosen, environmentalists worried about lake

Friday, July 11, 2014    

A view of expansion work taking place at the Panama
Canal, which is scheduled to be completed in early
2016. Nicaragua is ploughing ahead with a plan to dig a
Chinese-funded rival to the Panama Canal.

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — NOW that Nicaragua has picked a path for a Chinese firm to dig a canal connecting the Caribbean and the Pacific, environmentalists are worried about a huge lake on the route. They fret about the effects of ship traffic on the health of Lake Cocibolca, the largest freshwater body in Central America. The business community meanwhile has welcomed word of a route being chosen with some scepticism, saying it will await reports on the environmental, trade and financial asp ... Read More

Consumers reeling as drought hits St Lucia

Friday, July 11, 2014    

CASTRIES, St Lucia (CMC) — The St. Lucia Water and Sewage Company (WASCO) on Wednesday placed the entire island under a water emergency schedule as the drought worsened. Initially, the emergency had been confined to the north of the island, but WASCO managing director Vincent Hippolyte said that there had not been sufficient rainfall to meet the demands of consumers. "Despite the rains and the greenery, drought conditions exist because the rivers are not moving. They do not have the volu ... Read More

Farmers get climate change training

Monday, July 07, 2014    

We ignore
climate change at
our certain peril

Approximately 200 farmers from St Mary, Clarendon, St Andrew, and St Elizabeth are benefiting from a climate change training programme being spearheaded by the ministries of agriculture and fisheries, and water, land environment and climate change. The training, which has received financial support from the United States Agency for International Development, is being implemented by the Washington-based Agricultural Co-operative Development International (ACDI) and Volunteers in Overseas Co-oper ... Read More

Where is the private sector?

BY ALICIA SUTHERLAND Observer staff reporter sutherlanda@jamaicaobserver.com | Friday, July 04, 2014    

Rotarian Elroy Ricketts (left) who was installed as the Rotary Club of Mandeville's 50th president last Saturday, June 28 greets Dr Arun Kashyap following the ceremony at Golf View Hotel.

MANDEVILLE, Manchester — United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Jamaica Dr Arun Kashyap has noted a "conspicuous absence" of the private sector on the matter of climate change, even while efforts are being made by the Government and international organisations such as his to mainstream climate change issues in national development priorities. It was an observation also made by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) at t ... Read More

Schools bag $1.8M in PCJ energy competition

Wednesday, July 02, 2014    

GIRL POWER: Westwood High, winners of the 13-15 age
group category of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s
(PCJ) Schools Energy Programme Science Competition
accept their trophy from the Minister of State in the Ministry
of Science, Technology, Energy & Mining, Julian Robinson.
The winning team of (from left) Makalia McBean, Deena
Dunkley, Ashe-Monique Lewis and Mishka Chung (absent)
won $200,000 cash from Wigton Windfarm. Sharing in the
moment is Abigail Cannigan, the team’s teacher.

THE Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) has awarded cash prizes valued at $1.8 million to the winners of its 2014 Schools Energy Programme Competition. The initiative, which is the PCJ's major vehicle for promoting energy education among Jamaica's youth, attarcted primary and high school students from 75 institutions across the country for the 2013-14 school year. They were exposed to a variety of energy-related issues including energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy sources ... Read More



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