Environment

Water expert makes conservation call

Wednesday, June, 13 2018    

On the occasion of World Oceans Day last Friday, water expert Dr Kwame Emmanuel reinforced the importance of the country's water resources and urged Jamaicans to take better care of rivers, streams, underground aquifers, and the sea, while also conserving that which... Read More

Trimming the waste: UN looks to reduce its environmental footprint

Wednesday, June, 13 2018    

The city of Goma, which lies along the eastern edge of the Democratic Republic of Congo, has for decades been a hub of humanitarian operations in response to conflicts and natural disasters in the region, including neighbouring Rwanda. Read More

'Carry your own water bottle, coffee cup, shopping bags'

Friday, June, 8 2018    

The oceans make our blue planet unique in our solar system — and not just visually. They help regulate the global climate and are the ultimate source of the water that sustains all life on Earth, from coral reefs to snow-covered mountains, from tropical rain... Read More

Saving our seas: 5 ocean heroes battling to turn the toxic tide

Friday, June, 8 2018    

From the icy splendour of the Arctic to the inky depths of the Mariana ocean trench, plastic waste is threatening our seas, killing our wildlife and polluting our food chain. The facts are undeniable: each year more than 8 million tonnes of plastic enter our oceans. According to one... Read More

samuda applauds Expedited plastics policy

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, June, 6 2018    

Matthew Samuda, who laid the formal proposal in Parliament in 2016 that the country ban single-use plastics and styrofoam, has applauded the Government for moving with alacrity to effect policy to that end. Read More

Guyana to upgrade water sector with CDB funding

Wednesday, May, 30 2018    

Guyana is to lay the groundwork for a modern water supply and wastewater treatment sector over the next 18 months with a loan of US$1.3 million from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB). Read More

Forests and wetlands are water infrastructure too

Wednesday, May, 30 2018    

East Africa's Kariba Dam is almost empty due to diminishing rains. In Brazil, Sao Paulo's reservoirs were reduced to dried mud three years ago, and experts say the city is heading toward another dry spell. Catastrophic floods recently wreaked havoc in southern England, Texas and... Read More

Tree loss

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor - features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

The road expansion project being executed on Constant Spring Road has already cost six trees — including the prized Jamaican mahogany — and two others are potentially at risk. Read More

Marine scientist raps goverment inaction on parrotfish

Wednesday, May, 23 2018    

Marine biologist Dayne Buddo has rapped governments across the Caribbean for not taking active steps to conserve the region's declining parrotfish populations. Read More

JA commits to contributing to UN forest targets

Wednesday, May, 16 2018    

Jamaica , through the Forestry Department, has pledged to contribute to the United Nations' target of increasing global forest cover by three per cent by 2030. Read More

CDB buys electric car

Wednesday, May, 16 2018    

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) last week unveiled an electric car which it has added to its transportation fleet. The car, a Nissan Leaf Tekna purchased through Barbados-based company Megapower Ltd, produces zero emissions. Read More

$500,000 more for Jonathan Grant

Wednesday, May, 16 2018    

Jonathan Grant High School in Spanish Town, St Catherine, recently won half a million dollars for having sustained its eco-smart greenhouse, the construction of which incorporated plastic bottles and featured a fully integrated aquaponics system. Read More

BirdsCaribbean questions export of

Wednesday, May, 9 2018    

The bird conservation group BirdsCaribbean recently released a statement questioning the legality and scientific merit of the export of rare parrots from Dominica to Germany, and joined over a dozen international groups petitioning the United Nations to investigate and... Read More

Does nature hold the answer to flooding?

BY JOHANNA RICHARDS | Wednesday, May, 9 2018    

Heavy rains over the past few days have resulted in flooding events in various sections of the island. They bring to mind several events in 2017, the most significant of which was perhaps the November 22nd flooding in Montego Bay, in which just four hours of intense rainfall wreaked... Read More

Jamaica among 10 pilot countries for reducing ship emissions project

Friday, May, 4 2018    

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



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