Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

Jamaica is under a Tropical Storm Watch this evening. The National Hurricane Center‘s map is covered with yellow “x” marks and red spinning tops with names – Fiona, Gaston, and Hermine – but the one Jamaicans were focused on was a red, hollow circle with the inscription “NINE.” It has just turned into a storm, … More Waiting for Tropical Storm Ian, formerly known as Nine: It’s a mood

The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Apart from the collective “meh” among most Jamaicans that greeted the Prime Minister’s “Cabinet reshuffle” announced a few days ago, one thing struck me immediately. Where has the Ministry of Housing, Urban Renewal, Environment and Climate Change gone? It seemed to be settling down a little, under the leadership of Minister Pearnel Charles, Jr., who … More The environment AND climate change: shuffled out in the Jamaican Government’s “reshuffle”

Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

What a week of upheaval and apprehension as Tropical Storm Elsa approached, seemingly setting her sights on us. In the end, she squeezed between our island and Hispaniola, dragging a huge bag of rain along with her. And as you know, Jamaica has just “reopened” and the Delta variant is on the horizon (or quite … More Jamaica Update, July 5, 2021: Elsa swamps us, Mindi stands firm, and Tashekia meets an untimely death

Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

I have had a long hiatus from my weekly updates. Life has been a little overwhelming. “Tempus fugit.” I am scraping the surface here, but will go more in depth next week and will try to stick to a Friday/Saturday update! Environmental stories will follow in due course and there is much to report; however, … More Jamaica Update, June 11, 2021: Shelly-Ann runs like the wind, George Wright makes a cameo appearance, and Mark Golding does TikTok

Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?

Tomorrow, or maybe the next day, we will start picking up the pieces. Tropical Storm Zeta has passed us by, but according to the Meteorological Service of Jamaica, is “interacting” with a tropical wave. Sort of a double whammy, created by an intermingling of systems. There is a flash flood warning, and the rains may … More Post-Zeta the Question is: How much longer will we continue neglecting our environment?

Under the Saharan Dust

We couldn’t see the mountains very well this afternoon, from Kingston. They faded into a creeping mist – the thick, concentrated dust from the West African coastline, which is expected to get thicker and deeper tomorrow (Tuesday) and Wednesday. Our Meteorological Service explained that the “plume” of dust from the Saharan Air Layer is not … More Under the Saharan Dust

More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

As mentioned in the previous blog post, work goes on, steadily, to understand more about, and find solutions to the many challenges climate change confronts us with. The parish of Clarendon is unusually vulnerable to floods. Disaster risk reduction is high on the list. In recent heavy rains, we saw photos of main roads turned … More More From the Front Lines: Research to Prevent Flooding in the Upper Rio Minho Watershed

Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

As we keep saying to each other: “The heat is on!” We are all shocked by the soaring temperatures across the island. On June 22, the Meteorological Service of Jamaica recorded the highest temperature on record in Kingston – just over 39 degrees Celsius or 102 degrees Fahrenheit. Professor Michael Taylor of the Climate Studies … More Record-Breaking Heat is Here, and the Ministry of Health and Wellness Urges Us to be Careful

Good Green News 2: National Meteorological Officers Undergo Climate Product and Climate Services Training

Our meteorological officers are now in training at the University of the West Indies – learning how to better gather and track climate change data. And data is critical to ensure that our policymakers make decisions in a range of areas that are impacted by climate change – decisions that are firmly based on science … More Good Green News 2: National Meteorological Officers Undergo Climate Product and Climate Services Training