What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference


Waste management isn’t one of those “sexy” topics, I know. Yet, it is becoming an increasingly important conversation across the region. It is simply something that we have to deal with. I had a conversation recently with Vincent Sweeney, who heads the Caribbean Sub-Regional Office of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Kingston; and … More What a (Lot of) Waste! Thoughts on the Recent Caribbean Waste Management Conference

Eco-Foam, Our Plan for Forests and Bad News for the EPA: Environment News, February 17, 2017


There is a lot happening. Well, that’s an understatement! But here are my latest articles from Jamaica, the Caribbean and further afield, for your interest. Just click on the links for more information. P.S. I am looking forward to returning to C-CAM in Salt River next week!  Jamaica The Forestry Department warned on World Wetlands … More Eco-Foam, Our Plan for Forests and Bad News for the EPA: Environment News, February 17, 2017

Sea Turtle, Suspended: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 2


During a visit to the tourist resort of Negril in Jamaica several years ago, I ventured out in a glass-bottom boat. Snorkeling and diving make me claustrophobic, so this is the only way that I can really see what is happening under the surface. I had hoped to see glowing, flourishing and healthy coral reefs; … More Sea Turtle, Suspended: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 2

Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1


I recently attended an absorbing and incredibly informative meeting with the United Nations Environment Programme. The Kingston office is situated in a building alongside the downtown Conference Centre that also houses the International Law of the Sea Convention offices. Here’s some background: This office administers the Caribbean Environment Programme (CEP), which was launched in 1976… … More Pollution Flowing from Land to Sea: The UN Caribbean Environment Programme, Part 1

Endings


There have been some endings recently.  Or perhaps, the beginnings of endings.  Yes, it’s over.  But… There seems to be a “but.” Firstly, the last combat troops left Iraq.  They rumbled through the darkness towards the Kuwait border.  The Petchary wondered how the soldiers felt as the desert moved by, as prosaic and as empty … More Endings

Penguins


As if the painful sight of pelicans struggling in dark oil slicks is not enough, the Petchary is disturbed to hear of the deaths of hundreds of penguins that have washed up on the beaches of Brazil. As they began their brave migration northward in search of food, the penguins appear to have starved to death … More Penguins

It’s Going to be OK


It has stopped. After 85 days and 184 million gallons (if one can grasp that enormity) the oil “spill” (what a casual, light-hearted word for such a disaster) stopped. The Petchary’s heart skipped a beat when she saw the television footage. All was quiet. Small white sea creatures circled around the 75-ton metal cap, as … More It’s Going to be OK