Jamaica among 10 pilot countries for reducing ship emissions project

JAMAICA is among 10 countries that have been selected to participate in the Global Maritime Energy Efficiency Partnerships (GloMEEP) Project, which aims to support the implementation of energy-efficiency measures to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from shipping. Read More

Year of the Bird celebrations now on
A total of 40 events on 14 islands are already on the schedule for this year's Caribbean Endemic Bird Festival (CEBF) which began on Earth Day, April 22, and is scheduled to continue to May 22 — International Day for Biological Diversity.... Read More

Sea of solar panels turns Mexican desert green
VIESCA, Mexico (AFP) — From a distance, it looks like a deep-blue sea has formed in the middle of the Mexican desert.But this is no mirage — it's the largest solar park in Latin America.... Read More

KFTL joins worldwide effort to end plastic pollution
As millions of people across the globe observed World Earth Day on April 22 under the theme 'End Plastic Pollution', Kingston Freeport Terminal Limited (KFTL) reported the removal of 8,299 bags of garbage, comprising mainly plastics, from the Refuge Cay mangroves in Kingston.... Read More

'Prevention better than cure'

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 18 2018    

In a bid last week to drum up support for disaster planning, the island's chief disaster management executive reasoned that since natural disaster is imminent given Jamaica's geographical location and subsequent exposure to climate shocks, it is wiser... Read More

Nature offers better protection

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor – features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, April, 18 2018    

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Clarendon solar farm withstands heavy rains, hurricane winds

Wednesday, April, 11 2018    

Utility-scale solar photovoltaic (PV) plant Content Solar is reporting that while unprecedented torrential rainfall in 2017 damaged utilities across the region and caused extensive flooding and landslides in Jamaica, including its home base of Clarendon, its plant remained... Read More

Regional company to add drought, fisheries insurance

Wednesday, April, 11 2018    

Provider of earthquake, hurricane and excess rainfall insurance to countries in the region, CCRIF, has plans to add drought coverage to its portfolio of products and intends to widen its clientèle to include sectors such as agriculture and fisheries, renewable and... Read More

Resilient islands

Wednesday, April, 11 2018    

Following one of the most devastating hurricane seasons in recent history, environment groups are launching a four-year initiative to show Caribbean islands how to use nature to protect coastal communities from flooding, storm surges, hurricanes and other disasters... Read More

Greenpeace leaves SUSTAINABLE WOOD certification group

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Greenpeace is withdrawing from the main global group for certifying sustainable wood, saying the organisation it helped found more than two decades ago is failing to protect natural forests from exploitation. Read More

New Mexico forest manager planning prescribed fire in April

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

TAOS, NM (AP) — Forest officials in northern New Mexico are planning a prescribed burn in April that will cover nearly 3,000 acres (1,214 hectares). Read More

World's top cocoa producers fight to protect forests

Wednesday, April, 4 2018    

MONT PEKO NATIONAL PARK, Ivory Coast (AP) — Park rangers in the world's top cocoa producer, Ivory Coast, are waging a campaign to protect national forests from the illegal farming of the raw ingredient in chocolate. Read More

We're losing money because we treat the environment poorly — PIOJ

Wednesday, March, 28 2018    

The director general of the Planning Institute of Jamaica has painted a grim picture of the state of the island's physical environment and has argued that poor environmental practices are to be blamed for much of the economic losses the country has sustained over the... Read More

Too much water going down the toilet

Wednesday, March, 28 2018    

JN Foundation is teaming up with two multinational organisations to have Jamaicans install low-flush toilets as a means of saving water to improve the country's resilience to climate change events. Read More


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