A Rare Gem in Puerto Bueno: The Endangered Blue Kite Swallowtail


Let’s take a pause. As the debate over Puerto Bueno Mountain appears to be becoming more rancorous (at least on social media), I would like to point to what I consider a critical aspect of what has become a “controversy.” A great deal has been said lately about “environmentalists” – a label that has become … More A Rare Gem in Puerto Bueno: The Endangered Blue Kite Swallowtail

New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains


It is wonderful to hear about two major research programmes that have started up in the Upper Rio Grande Valley in Portland, a part of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park – thanks to generous donors. Both the species under investigation are extremely vulnerable, for differing reasons. Fundamentally, though, they are threatened by … More New Research on Jamaican Endemic Species in Blue and John Crow Mountains

On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka


Sri Lankans love elephants. One could say that they are a cornerstone of Sri Lankan culture and religion. They are also significant for the country’s tourism industry, which is slowly getting back on its feet – eight years after the end of a lingering and bitter conflict that lasted more than twenty years. During a … More On Elephants and Their Humans: Reflections from Sri Lanka

A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead


This is UNESCO’s International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. But have business interests overseas and in the Caribbean got the memo yet? One wonders. I have more to say on this subject, but firstly… Karetta Crooks Charles, Communications & Advocacy Officer at the Saint Lucia National Trust, shared this press release with me a few days … More A Causeway to Catastrophe in St. Lucia: Native Species Face Extinction if Resort Goes Ahead

Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016


Here are some more stories on the environment and climate change, which I hope you will find interesting. Please click on the links for further information, and please share the articles, which I have selected carefully for your interest. Jamaica and the Caribbean: Environmental Toxins Related to Cancer: In a presentation at the Conference on Emerging Issues … More Environmental Toxins in Jamaica, Destructive Floods, Hurricanes and Birds: More Environmental Stories, December 13, 2016

Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica


If you have been reading my blog for the past three years, you will know that literally hundreds of conservation organizations (at home and overseas) and thousands of individuals supported the Jamaica Environment Trust’s Save Goat Islands campaign to rescue this beautiful and unique area from development as a transshipment port. In a couple of blog posts, … More Overseas Organizations Call #Goat IslandsSaved An Unprecedented Win for Conservation in Jamaica

Environment Stories: Chinese Tourism Developments in Caribbean, Coral Nurseries, More: September 4, 2016


Here’s the latest selection from me. I have included links to click on! Enjoy… although I am afraid there may be more “bad news” than good, this week! Jamaica and the Caribbean Another possible threat to the Old Fort Bay area: As noted in my earlier post, property owners in Old Fort Bay, who have been … More Environment Stories: Chinese Tourism Developments in Caribbean, Coral Nurseries, More: September 4, 2016

An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015


“It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good.” Well, it has been a windy week and our yard has filled with crackling dry leaves. It’s hard to find anything good blowing for anybody, just at the moment. A terrible tragedy: Everyone has run out of adjectives to describe the murder of three schoolboys and a … More An Ill Wind, Arming Against Corruption and A Guide Runner: Sunday, April 19, 2015

The Coral Reefs of the Portland Bight Protected Area are in “Reasonable Condition,” Scientists Say


When my father first went snorkeling in Jamaica many years ago, he compared the experience to peeping into a “wonderland” of glowing color. He was thrilled to bits. What of the coral reefs in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) – especially in the waters surrounding Goat Islands, where the Government of Jamaica (or rather, … More The Coral Reefs of the Portland Bight Protected Area are in “Reasonable Condition,” Scientists Say