Under the Saharan Dust


We couldn’t see the mountains very well this afternoon, from Kingston. They faded into a creeping mist – the thick, concentrated dust from the West African coastline, which is expected to get thicker and deeper tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Our Meteorological Service explained that the “plume” of dust from the Saharan Air Layer is not … More Under the Saharan Dust

Happy Summer Solstice


Tonight is the Summer Solstice. It is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and the time when the Earth is tilted most closely to the Sun (23.4 degrees, to be precise). At the same time, it is the Winter Solstice in the Southern Hemisphere, where everything is the other way round. The … More Happy Summer Solstice

From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19


“World gone suicidal.” So said our cleaning lady as we scrubbed the bathroom from top to bottom this morning. I think that sums things up pretty well, don’t you? A short video clip on Twitter last evening gave me chills. Darkness had fallen over the community of Seven Miles/Eight Miles in Bull Bay – a … More From Dystopian Visions to Soothing Beauty and a Little Laughter: Jamaican Life in the Time of COVID-19

Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme


On October 23, I joined the annual meeting organized by the Climate Change Division ahead of the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 25) in Santiago, Chile. Our meeting was titled: Climate Action: The 2020 Agenda. We met at the very cool new AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston. It was very well attended by … More Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme

A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You


In the past few weeks, we have had thunderstorms almost every day, and violent ones, too. After the long drought and record high temperatures, rains have lashed us. Extreme weather is what we can expect, increasingly. But I am always nervous about lightning. Our dogs are always unnerved by the slightest roll of thunder. So, … More A Reminder from the Ministry of Health and Wellness: Lightning Strikes Can Kill You

More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed


As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections


This year’s prevalence of dengue fever is definitely higher than last year. It has been fairly warm and also quite wet. There are several ways in which you can discourage the mosquito from breeding around your house, including properly disposing of garbage (which can often harbour little breeding spots) and covering all water containers. Put … More Health Ministry Takes Measures to Stem the Tide of Dengue Infections