Special Announcement re: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, September 15

It’s the height of hurricane season right now, and we are keeping an eye on Tropical Storm Isaac, which reached the eastern Caribbean today. I just heard that it will not affect Jamaica before late Saturday or early Sunday and that it may be weaker by that time. The center of the storm is likely to … More Special Announcement re: International Coastal Cleanup Day in Jamaica, September 15

The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

I was sitting at a table with a group of women farmers from the deep hills of St. Thomas on May 17. They were wearing daffodil yellow and purple T-shirts, and their smiles were just as bright. These were some of the 166 graduates of the Farmer Field School climate-smart agriculture training implemented by the … More The River in a Khaki Suit: Farmers Learning in the Yallahs and Hope River Watersheds

Jamaica’s Garbage Issue

As I write, people are frantically cleaning up Montego Bay after devastating floods on Wednesday afternoon destroyed businesses, washed away houses, carried vendors’ wares floating downstream and turned cars upside down, flipped over by the torrent. Gullies and a river overflowed. The whole of the low-lying downtown area was flooded. Apart from the extreme weather … More Jamaica’s Garbage Issue

Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica

Well, there are “nuff tings” happening in Jamaica as the country’s delegation gets ready to depart for the UN Climate Change Conference (COP23) in Bonn. I attended the “Pre-COP” meeting for stakeholders today in Kingston; it was a very full day. When it comes to climate finance, the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCR) is making its … More Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience Supports Water Monitoring in Jamaica

Climate Change Public Forums This Weekend at the Denbigh Show

Who said climate change isn’t real? Jamaicans are staggering under the weight of the blistering summer heat. Yesterday (August 3) was the hottest day of the year, according to the Meteorological Service: 36.9º C at the Norman Manley International Airport. In fact, this was the highest recorded temperature since 1993.  Well, we have to keep … More Climate Change Public Forums This Weekend at the Denbigh Show

Friday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 2, 2017

It’s been hectic, and my review this week looks back over the past ten days. I hope it’s not too late to be useful. Please click on highlighted links for more information on these stories! Building in the wrong places: In the aftermath of the floods, there has been much focus on building. Should there be … More Friday Review: What’s Happening in Jamaica, June 2, 2017

A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It’s August already, and I am writing this accompanied by quick bursts of rainfall and breeze (and a cup of Darjeeling tea). Tropical Storm Earl (which took a while to be named) is passing just to the south of us and getting up some steam for Honduras and Mexico. It has not inconvenienced too many … More A Brush with Earl, Blaming “He” and Praying Away Crime: Jamaica, Tuesday, August 2, 2016