#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?

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Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

Well. Last night there was an almost audible sigh of relief across our island, when the final count for the last constituency was completed and the Jamaica Labour Party was confirmed as winners of the general elections – with the slimmest possible minority. Many column inches and much airspace is now being used with recommendations, suggestions, … More Environmental Sector Suggests Priority Areas for Incoming Prime Minister

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International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

Just a couple of months ago, over 220 delegates from 33 countries descended on Kingston, Jamaica for the BirdsCaribbean 20th International Meeting at the Knutsford Court Hotel. It was an exciting five days, with one day in the middle for field trips. Since then, time has flown past and International Migratory Bird Day is here. … More International Migratory Bird Festival Focuses on Caribbean Habitat Restoration

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Touring Portland Bight, Part 2: Salt River

This is the second part of my recent “day trip” with Ingrid Parchment, Executive Director of the Caribbean Coastal Area Management Foundation (C-CAM), across the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). May I remind you, first of all, that the PBPA is Jamaica’s largest protected area, comprising 1,876 sq km of coastal land and sea, and cays … More Touring Portland Bight, Part 2: Salt River

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The Hills Are Ablaze, More Hand-Wringing and Teachers in Black: Sunday, May 10, 2015

We love to use this word “challenging,” don’t we? Well, I would say 2015 has been a challenging year for Jamaica so far, and I doubt anyone would disagree with me. But, we plod on… And some will find respite in the syrupy comforts of Mother’s Day. Anyone not convinced about climate change – be … More The Hills Are Ablaze, More Hand-Wringing and Teachers in Black: Sunday, May 10, 2015

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Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area

I wrote recently about the 2014 assessment of the coral reefs in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) (including several sites around Goat Islands, which are threatened by a transshipment port development). The University of the West Indies survey, funded by the Waitt Foundation, concluded that the reefs are in fairly good shape, although their … More Coral Reefs, Fish and People: More Thoughts on the Portland Bight Protected Area

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Happy World Wetlands Day! #WetlandsForOurFuture

Today, February 2 is celebrated as World Wetlands Day. Latest research shows that 64 per cent of wetlands globally has disappeared since 1900. According to the World Wildlife Fund’s Living Planet report,76% of populations of freshwater plants and animals have disappeared in the last forty years alone. Wetlands provide services worth an estimated $15 trillion … More Happy World Wetlands Day! #WetlandsForOurFuture

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