Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

As concerns rise over the proposed limestone quarrying in Puerto Bueno Mountain (which now, it transpires, will also involve a commercial development and “eco-tourism”?) here is a petition on change.org opposing the ministerial decision to approve a permit. Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed off on this, and stoutly defended his decision in a speech in … More Protect Puerto Bueno Mountain Jamaica from Quarrying and Big Development: An Online Petition

Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET

I wrote about this yesterday – please take a look for a bit more detail. Meanwhile, Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has just posted the following press release: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed to Stand,” Says JET The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is disturbed by the decision of the Hon. Minister without Portfolio Leslie Campbell to … More Puerto Bueno Mountain: “This Decision Cannot Be Allowed To Stand,” Says JET

Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

“In keeping with my recent advocacy on national and international platforms, I wish to focus on the fact that our natural heritage, including our biodiversity and ecosystems, are an important part of our material heritage. We readily understand the value of our natural heritage when we are complimented on the beauty of our island, our … More Puerto Bueno Mountain Under Threat: What Happened and Why?

Health Minister Tufton Commissions Research into Cornwall Regional Hospital Staff Health Complaints

Here’s a follow up to the ongoing saga of the Cornwall Regional Hospital, which is riddled with complex issues – related not only to the infrastructure itself but also to the impact this decaying and long-neglected building has had on the health of those who work there. Minister of Health Christopher Tufton seems determined to … More Health Minister Tufton Commissions Research into Cornwall Regional Hospital Staff Health Complaints

Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

As I mentioned recently, Jamaica House has opened a new petition portal – rather like President Obama’s White House petition page. Jamaica Environment Trust and a range of civil society/environmental advocates have opened a  petition to Save Cockpit Country. Yes, I have written about this many times before, and there have been public consultations, many … More Stakeholders Petition Jamaica House to Save Cockpit Country

Sandals Negril Wins a Cool Environmental Award: EarthCheck

There have been so many stories on my blog (yes, I know!) about the harmful impact of tourist developments on our little island’s fragile environment. So I am happy to see that Sandals Negril has checked a great many sustainability boxes here and has retained this great certification from EarthCheck™  2017 is the UN Year … More Sandals Negril Wins a Cool Environmental Award: EarthCheck

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

New Study Shows Air Quality Standards for Communities Near Mining/Quarrying Operations are Inadequate

I have been focusing quite a bit on the bauxite mining industry in recent posts, and will continue to do so. Now here is a release from the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) on a study undertaken in three communities (the first of its kind) in collaboration with the University of Technology (UTech). One question I … More New Study Shows Air Quality Standards for Communities Near Mining/Quarrying Operations are Inadequate

Yellow Haze

Originally posted on Jamaican Journal:
The other day, we flew back into Kingston from the U.S. There was a distinct haze over the city, and at first, I thought Riverton was burning again. But then I thought back to about a month ago, when I was thinking the same thing. And there are currently no…

Riverton Fire: Air Quality Testing by GOJ Inadequate, says JET

So, are we all happy and satisfied that we know as much as we need to know about the disastrous public health incident that was the two week-long fire at the Riverton City dump in Kingston? Is it time for the whole thing to blow over? Our local media seems to think so – it has … More Riverton Fire: Air Quality Testing by GOJ Inadequate, says JET