There are a couple of environmental matters that I am learning about – one already in the news, and another I discovered by accident. Firstly, Minister of Transport and Mining Robert Montague has been making some speeches recently. No, not just talking about the taxi drivers (castigating and placating them at the same time, … More Drilling Soon…And Dumping on Salt River
The Prime Minister made an announcement about a major tree-planting programme on September 27, 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. We are waiting to hear details, although I hear that the programme is still in its planning stages. Still planning? Was the announcement a little premature? In recent years, the Government’s tree-planting programmes have … More On Trees That Feed…and What Feeds Them
The world of Twitter is one in which we jump to conclusions, misinterpret each other’s comments (deliberately or otherwise) and indulge in regular fits of outrage. We make mistakes and we irritate each other from time to time. Sometimes we are kind and caring. However, we tend to be judgmental. Well, today I was a … More On Being Judgmental…With the SEP
Tomorrow (Wednesday, June 5) is the United Nations’ World Environment Day. This year’s venue is China, where the theme will be Air Pollution (see below) and if you click on that link above you can learn more from the UN. Some people say there are too many of these “special days” but I don’t have a … More World Environment Day: Cockpit Country, Air Pollution… and Solutions?
The fire is not yet out, and many Kingston residents continue to suffer tonight. Firefighters continue to work on subduing and containing the fire, which is now in its third day. WMW Jamaica (formerly Women’s Media Watch, and celebrating its 30th anniversary this year) has written a letter to the Editor regarding the health impacts of … More A Letter to the Editor from WMW Jamaica on the Riverton Dump Fire
Yes, it’s true. The Riverton City Dump is on fire again, apparently started deliberately. It is hot, windy and dry. This morning, New Kingston was shrouded in haze. Here is an urgent release from the Ministry of Health. In addition to children, I would also add that you should check on the health of your … More Health Ministry Issues Advisory on Smoke from Riverton City Dump Fire
I haven’t written a news update since Easter! With so much happening, I should never have left it so long. I can only say that I have been overwhelmed with all kinds of commitments and things that have dragged me away from my regular news focus. Here’s an update for the last week (or perhaps … More Jamaica on Saturday, July 21, 2018: Energy Worries, Dreadlocks Annoyance and Drought Biting
When are we ever going to get our act together regarding air pollution? Yesterday, a friend who lives in the hills above Montego Bay shared her photos of the thick clouds of smoke over the city, emanating from the Retirement dump. This is the second day of the fire. This is an ongoing public health … More Can We Please Have Action on Burning Dumps, Air Pollution and Solid Waste Management?
So, once again, the good citizens of Kingston are suffering from a fire near the Riverton City dump (not landfill). This is, of course, not the first time. There was the major tyre fire in 2014, and another fire in 2015. I wrote about the problem of air pollution in Jamaica just recently. Now, another tyre … More Mismanagement of Waste Tyres by Government Agencies is the Issue, Says JET
When the head of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim visited Jamaica in December, 2016 he pointed to three priorities for the Caribbean: Pollution, Oceans and Ecosystem Preservation. When I asked him what he considered the most serious form of pollution, the unhesitating response was: “Air pollution.” There are several sources of air pollution in Jamaica, depending … More Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica