'Caring for the planet starts from THE GROUND'

Yesterday the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) observed World Soil Day — celebrated annually on December 5 — to spread messages about the importance of soil quality for food security, healthy ecosystems and human well-being. Read More

Climate change public meeting in Mobay today
The Climate Change Division of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has scheduled a public consultation at the Montego Bay Cultural Centre today to discuss Jamaica's Third National Communication and its Biennial Update Report to the United Nations Framework Convention on...... Read More

NEPA gives unlicensed businesses one month
The Natural Resources Conservation Authority/National Environment and Planning Agency (NRCA/NEPA) has announced that it is giving businesses operating without the requisite permits and licences one month to comply.... Read More

First in the world!
The Urban Development Corporation-owned Green Grotto Caves and Attractions in Discovery Bay, St Ann, was recently promoted to EarthCheck Master status, the first cave in the world to hold the designation.... Read More

Putting the environment on the agenda

KIMONE THOMPSON Associate Editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, November, 29 2017    

In her work as an environmental advocate, Diana McCaulay has been labelled a big mouth more times than she cares to count. Read More

Chastanet calls on IMF to reclassify small states' disaster expenditure debt

Wednesday, November, 29 2017    

 ROSE HALL, St James — St Lucia Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is calling on multilateral organisations such as the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to reclassify the disaster expenditure debt of small island developing states. Read More

Paint industry heads to discuss reducing amount of toxic lead in formulations

Wednesday, November, 29 2017    

Local and regional representatives of the paint industry, as well as supporting stakeholders and partners, will meet to discuss possible regulations and standards for lead in paint at the Caribbean Seminar on the Development of National and Regional Regulations and Standards on Lead in... Read More

JET gets new CEO as Diana McCaulay retires

Friday, November, 24 2017    

JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) deputy Chief Executive Officer Suzanne Stanley is set to replace Diana McCaulay next year as head of JET. Read More

Government announces Cockpit Country boundary

Wednesday, November, 22 2017    

After years of contention between Government and conservationists over controversial bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country, Government yesterday announced that it has adopted a boundary for the expansive broadleaf forest sited primarily in the parish of... Read More

EU financing Eastern Caribbean geothermal project

Wednesday, November, 22 2017    

The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) and the European Union on Monday announced the formalisation of an agreement to kickstart the development of geothermal energy production in the Eastern Caribbean. Read More

Caricom urges int'l community to rethink C'bean aid policy

Wednesday, November, 22 2017    

UNITED NATIONS, United States (CMC) — Secretary General of the 15-member Caribbean Community (Caricom) grouping, Irwin LaRocque on Monday said hurricanes have now become game changers for the Caribbean and urged the international development financing community to be generous to... Read More

Research shows J'cans catching, eating juvenile parrotfish

Wednesday, November, 15 2017    

Early findings from research into Jamaica's parrotfish population has revealed that Jamaican parrotfish are measuring smaller than the expected mature fish size, supporting concerns that the parrotfish being caught, sold and consumed are juvenile fish which have not been allowed to reach... Read More

MPs for SDGs

Wednesday, November, 8 2017    

Under the guidance of the United Nations team in Jamaica, student leaders from five high schools yesterday issued Members of Parliament with commemorative sustainable development goal (SDG) pins as they arrived at Gordon House. Read More

Turning Point: Which countries' GHG emissions have peaked? Which will in the future?

Wednesday, November, 8 2017    

The global community has coalesced around the ambitious goals of the Paris Agreement, one of which is to peak global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as soon as possible. The longer we delay the peak — the point when global emissions switch from increasing to... Read More

In search of climate financing

Wednesday, November, 1 2017    

Jamaica's climate negotiators, who are in Germany for the 23rd Conference of the Parties (COP23), are reporting a good first day of the preparatory meetings leading up to the global climate change conference which runs from November 6-17. Read More


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