Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”


“Evanescent” is a haunting word. Even the sound of it suggests something lovely, but fleeting. Here today, gone tomorrow. It reminds me of one concept that I learned about when studying Japanese, and which I always loved: Uki-yo, the “Floating World.” It described the momentary pleasures of life, enjoyed by the growing middle class of the old … More Weekly Photo Challenge: The Evanescence of a “Floating World”

JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny


In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny

International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas


Today (May 22) is International Day for Biological Diversity and the theme is, appropriately for this region, Biodiversity and Sustainable Tourism. What does much of our region’s tourism depend on? The Caribbean Sea. It’s a special place. Biodiversity – that wide range of species, plant and animal life in the sea and on land that helps to … More International Biodiversity Day: United Nations Highlights Importance of Marine Protected Areas

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 21, 2017


We have some major issues to mention this week. The environmental implications of last week’s floods in Jamaica are not to be taken lightly. Click on the coloured links to read more… Jamaica and the Caribbean: Protected area in Antigua under threat from tourism development: The Government of Antigua & Barbuda is reportedly about to sign … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 21, 2017

Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme


Congratulations to Deonne Smith, the energetic Communications and Partnership Officer at the UN Environment (UNEP) Caribbean Sub-Regional Office in Kingston and a UN volunteer. She will join a number of other young Caribbean conservationists next week at the beautiful St. George’s University campus in Grenada as a Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean (CLiC) Fellow. Here … More Jamaican Professional Joins Second Cohort of Conservation Leadership in the Caribbean Fellowship Programme

NEPA Warns Jamaicans to Steer Clear of Crocodile Habitats During Heavy Rains


When we have heavy rains, crocodiles tend to be more mobile and move about the place. Jamaica is still under a huge cloud of rain, which has been coming down in torrents since last night over most of the island. There are many places (some in urban areas, such as Portmore, Seaview Gardens etc) where crocodiles … More NEPA Warns Jamaicans to Steer Clear of Crocodile Habitats During Heavy Rains

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017


Indigenous peoples fighting climate change and the fossil fuel industry; an island up for sale; migratory birds and hurricanes; trafficking in wildlife and more in this week’s bunch of articles. Click on the highlighted links for more information! Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaicans learning about climate change in China… 35 professionals from developing countries (including Panos … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 13, 2017