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
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?
Jamaica – and in particular the densely populated capital city, Kingston – is suffering from a chronic water shortage. When it’s fairly rainy, the general public doesn’t even give the general issue a moment’s thought – although there are many communities, especially in rural areas, where water is by no means easily accessible. In times … More Designing a Water Fund for Kingston: Going Back to the Source
On October 23, I joined the annual meeting organized by the Climate Change Division ahead of the upcoming UN Conference of Parties on Climate Change (COP 25) in Santiago, Chile. Our meeting was titled: Climate Action: The 2020 Agenda. We met at the very cool new AC Marriott Hotel in Kingston. It was very well attended by … More Minister Daryl Vaz’s Remarks at the Pre-COP 25 Meeting and Launch of Jamaica’s Green Climate Fund Country Programme
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
Fellowship is a small community, situated along the narrow, winding road that runs up the Rio Grande Valley, just outside the town of Port Antonio in the parish of Portland. I actually used to know this place very well – one area in particular. This land is quite beautiful, with a shallow river winding through … More A Flood Warning System for Fellowship
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
With climate change raising temperatures and sparking droughts across the Caribbean (and of course globally), access to water and the conservation of water are becoming increasingly critical factors for communities across the island. Many water storage and distribution systems, especially in rural areas, are old and outdated. Several entities are currently working on water concerns … More Rock Hall Community Gets Thirty-year-old Tank Repaired
It is now the end of October. Please see the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) press release, reminding Mr. Holness. It seems that the just-concluded by-election campaign distracted him… For further information on Cockpit Country, please visit https://savecockpitcountry.org JET CALLS ON THE PRIME MINISTER TO RESPOND TO THE COCKPIT COUNTRY PETITION Following the successful collection of over … More JET Says: Please Respond to the Cockpit Country Petition, Mr. Prime Minister!
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