Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: New Partnerships, a Hopeful Future and a Sense of Urgency


There is much happening on the renewable energy front in the Caribbean. I would like to see Jamaica fully on board at this point. Are we? Be that as it may… Do you know about Solar Head of State? They are a very interesting non-governmental organisation with a simple mission: to set up a solar … More Caribbean Renewable Energy Forum: New Partnerships, a Hopeful Future and a Sense of Urgency

From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette


Here is another article by a 51% Coalition member, Indi McLymont Lafayette. Indi is a consultant and a climate change/environmental advocate.  You can read the article here on the new Public Opinion online news website. On March 28 President Donald Trump passed an Executive Order rescinding several of his predecessor’s climate change policies and legislation. It … More From Public Opinion Online: Change Bigger Than Trump, by Indi McLymont Lafayette

Canada Funds Further Research in Renewable Energy Field in Jamaica


A short while ago I wrote about the Canadian Government’s support for renewable energy in Jamaica. Now, another interesting academic-private sector entity in Canada is teaming up with the Caribbean Energy Solutions Research Institute in Jamaica to expand research, education and training in the field. Here is the Canadian High Commission’s press release:  April 12, … More Canada Funds Further Research in Renewable Energy Field in Jamaica

“The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop


Do you know about Build Better Jamaica? Do you know about the Net Zero Energy Building Project? If not, why not?  On March 23 I attended an Energy Policy Workshop organised by this pioneering project of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Institute for Sustainable Development. The workshop was supported by the United Nations Environment … More “The Real Currency is Energy”: Minister Wheatley speaks at UWI Energy Policy Workshop

Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017


At last, I am back with some more stories on environmental and climate change issues. I try to pick those that are relevant to Jamaica and the Caribbean, but some stories are of such extraordinary interest I feel bound to include them. Please click on the links for more information. Please don’t forget also that … More Illegal Wildlife Trade, Sand Mining and Island Invasives: Environment and Climate Change Stories, March 5 2017

Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding


The Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) has just issued a new Call for Proposals for projects that help communities across the island adapt to climate change. This is part of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) US$1.4 million Adaptation Program and Financing Mechanisms for Pilot Program for Climate Resilience (PPCR), rolled out by EFJ in collaboration with … More Environmental Foundation of Jamaica Seeks Climate Change Adaptation Projects for Funding

Canada Gives Jamaica a Helping Hand on Renewable Energy and Climate Change


In case you did not realize it, the Canadian Government has been quietly supporting various renewable energy and climate change-related initiatives in Jamaica in the past few years. Last August, the Canadians and the U.S. Government jointly provided funding for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group to acquire Blue Mountain Renewables (BMR) Jamaica Wind Limited. At … More Canada Gives Jamaica a Helping Hand on Renewable Energy and Climate Change

Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016


Boxing Days are designed for doing nothing much. Christmas Day itself can be quite hectic – unless you are so well off that you have servant to direct to do things for you. Today is very low key for us – apart from our three young dogs, who are non-stop hyper. It’s ten days since … More Reneto is the People’s Choice, Vybz Kartel Makes a Career Move and A Deeper Kingston Harbour: December 26, 2016

Jamaica’s Climatescope Rank, Sea Turtles in Barbados and the First Solar-Powered Road: Environment News, December 26, 2016


Happy Christmas Eve! I’ve picked out some more environmental news for you to ponder over the holiday season. Please click on the links for more information!  Jamaica and the Caribbean: Jamaica’s rapid rise in the Climatescope: Jamaica has jumped 15 places in Climatescope 2016 to 24th. What is Climatescope? It is an assessment of clean energy market … More Jamaica’s Climatescope Rank, Sea Turtles in Barbados and the First Solar-Powered Road: Environment News, December 26, 2016

Catching Up on COP22, and We Wait to Hear Cockpit Country Decision: Environment News, November 21, 2015


All my news updates are now so long overdue, but I am trying to get back on track. So here goes with my regular “Top Ten” stories on the environment and climate change from the past two or three weeks… Please click on the embedded links for more information. Most of the stories this week … More Catching Up on COP22, and We Wait to Hear Cockpit Country Decision: Environment News, November 21, 2015