Environment

The keepers of the forest

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

The Forestry Department lived up to the symbolism of its 80th anniversary last week when, instead of traditional trophies made from plastic and coated with metallic finishes, it awarded Forest Heroes in nine categories with hand-crafted leaves from the oak... Read More

Father and son collect over 100,000 bottles for LASCO REAP competition

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

Newstead Primary School's Cadell Menzie teamed up with his father and teacher, Clovis Menzie, in a strategic effort to collect the most bottles in this year's LASCO Releaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) competition. Read More

World Water Forum set for Sub-Saharan Africa for first time

Wednesday, July, 4 2018    

The World Water Forum, the largest international platform to discuss water-related problems and find solutions for some of the world's most pressing water challenges, will be held for the first time in sub-Saharan Africa, which has the greatest water security needs... Read More

World Bank supports Grenada's transition to a resilient, blue economy with first Blue Growth Development Policy Credit

Wednesday, June, 27 2018    

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors announced last week that it has approved a US$30 million Development Policy Credit to support Grenada in strengthening its climate and fiscal resilience with a view to transitioning to a blue economy. Read More

Ocean conservation untapped strategy for fighting climate change

Wednesday, June, 27 2018    

The ocean contributes US$1.5 trillion annually to the overall economy and assures the livelihood of 10-12 per cent of the world's population. But there's another reason to protect marine ecosystems — they're crucial for curbing climate change. Read More

Heroes of the forest

Wednesday, June, 27 2018    

In celebration of its 80th anniversary year, the Forestry Department yesterday made awards in eight categories to individuals and organisations who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the forest sector in Jamaica and have supported the department in achieving its... Read More

Cleaner streets ahead

Wednesday, June, 13 2018    

The south coast communities of Whitehouse and Bluefields, known as much for their azure bathing beaches and populous fishing villages as their struggle with solid waste management, are in for a clean-up and education programme over the next year. Read More

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



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