#EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?


Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day. The theme is Environmental and Climate Literacy – in other words, the importance of educating ourselves on these complex and wide-ranging topics. Until recently, by the way, I didn’t know the day is also called International Mother Earth Day. The Earth Day Network (Earth Day is primarily a citizen-oriented effort) is … More #EarthDay2017: What’s Happening in Jamaica?

Monday Morning with Alvernia’s Authors


Benjamin Franklin, a no-nonsense fellow, once observed: Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. A blunt pronouncement, indeed! So when a friend proudly told me about her son Daniel’s love of writing as a member of his school’s Authors Club, I couldn’t resist inviting myself to meet him and his fellow writers … More Monday Morning with Alvernia’s Authors

Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017


It has been a while, and this feature, which was going along on a weekly basis, has fallen behind badly! Blame it on January 2017… Anyway, here are Jamaican and global stories on the environment and climate change, for your interest. Click on the links for more info!  (The cover photograph is of a Glossy … More Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016


Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Jamaica’s Climatescope Rank, Sea Turtles in Barbados and the First Solar-Powered Road: Environment News, December 26, 2016


Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve picked out some more environmental news for you to ponder over the holiday season. Please click on the links for more information!  Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s rapid rise in the Climatescope: Jamaica has jumped 15 places in Climatescope 2016 to 24th. What is Climatescope? It is an assessment of clean energy market … More Jamaica’s Climatescope Rank, Sea Turtles in Barbados and the First Solar-Powered Road: Environment News, December 26, 2016

A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force


Today is a day of great moment for Planet Earth. The Paris Agreement, signed by 175 countries in New York last Earth Day, April 22, is now in force. This is unexpectedly early, and just ahead of this year’s UN Climate Change Conference in Marrakech, Morocco. How did this happen? Well, the number of countries … More A Historic Day: Paris Agreement on Climate Change Comes Into Force