A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

In the Caribbean, we are small. Although in Jamaica we tend to think of ourselves as a “larger” island, in the scheme of things only Cuba and Hispaniola can claim to be quite sizeable. And yet, as they say, “small is beautiful.” And one place that fits that description perfectly is Coral Cove in Grenada. … More A small place in Grenada: Coral Cove and its turtles threatened by development

Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

Remember the slogan “1.5 to stay alive” at the Paris Agreement signing in 2015? Well, it was always much more than a slogan for the Caribbean. “Since 2009, more than a hundred Small Island Developing States, Least Developed Countries and many others have been calling for limiting global temperature rise to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels to prevent … More Climate justice and social justice for the Caribbean: a statement from Panos Caribbean ahead of COP26

Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

A new and significant project was launched on August 31: The “Greening Red Cross and Red Crescent Disaster and Risk Reduction: Saving Lives Through Working with Nature” (yes, that is the full name!) – called the “Eco-DRR Project” for short. The project, funded by the USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, will take place in just … More Working with Nature to reduce disaster risk in Jamaica

Make Peace With Nature: a Ground-Breaking Speech by the UN Secretary-General

What has been said about the deteriorating state of our Planet that hasn’t been said before? Well, there have been many words spoken (and less action). Moreover, many of our governments around the world are not just doing nothing – we seem to be deliberately heading in the wrong direction. I am not really big … More Make Peace With Nature: a Ground-Breaking Speech by the UN Secretary-General

Captive Dolphin Facilities: Why Not Listen to the Scientists

In her testimony to the U.S. Congress last week, climate change activist Greta Thunberg had a simple message: Listen to the scientists. In certain circles, in Jamaica and elsewhere, some would rather close their ears, because of the inconvenience. “I don’t want you to listen to me, I want you to listen to the scientists,” … More Captive Dolphin Facilities: Why Not Listen to the Scientists

Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton

Politicians and others always talk about “the environment” as if it is separate from ourselves, without realizing that everything is connected (and so are we). So, whatever we do to the environment will affect us, sooner rather than later. and vice versa. And by the way, drought, floods, storms, air pollution, sea pollution and so … More Environmental Buzzwords: Let’s Not Get Hung Up on Them, Says Erica Hamilton

Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

Yes, the Blue Economy is here! Or is it? At least there are conferences being held about it. Just a few years back, we were talking about the Green Economy, it seems. There was even a Green Economy Scoping Study done for Jamaica (I wonder how that is working out). Now, we have moved, rather … More Jamaica to Support Global Efforts at Sustainable Blue Economy Conference in Kenya

Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

Last year I visited the Port Royal Marine Laboratory (PRML) and met some of the budding marine scientists, who were enjoying the Marine Maniacs summer camp. This summer I, unfortunately, didn’t make it to that special place where Kingston Harbour meets the Caribbean Sea. However, they shared their account of this year’s activities, as well as some great … More Of Sea Squirts and Shore Trekees: Port Royal Marine Maniacs Are in Their Sixth Year

Jamaica to Receive State of the Art Coastal Erosion Monitoring Tower

Well, it’s probably far too late for our beloved and once popular Hellshire Beach, but the Sandy Shorelines of the Caribbean Project is a welcome development for the region. Coastal erosion, especially on the south coast of Jamaica, remains a huge problem. There are several factors, including rising sea levels, and more storms, due to … More Jamaica to Receive State of the Art Coastal Erosion Monitoring Tower

Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory

Our coral reefs are amazing, precious ecosystems. But in the face of all the ongoing conservation challenges, how can we do a better job of  monitoring the health of our reefs, while continuing to raise awareness of their tremendous value to the region? This workshop will address some of these issues at the Port Royal Marine … More Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network Holds Regional Training Workshop at Port Royal Marine Laboratory