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

Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017


So much news! My apologies for the delay in delivering these items to your doorstep… Please click on highlighted links for more details. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s first solar power plant! At last we have a solar power generation plant – in Content District, southern Clarendon. It has been built by Content Solar Ltd., a subsidiary … More Environment and Climate Change News: June 25, 2017

Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017


I have completely dropped the ball on this regular post (it used to be regular!) and so am trying to redeem myself by making it a “weekend special” again. There is so much very important news in this area that you may have missed… Here goes. Please click on the coloured links for more information. Jamaica … More Environment and Climate Change Stories: Jamaica, the Caribbean and the World: May 6, 2017