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?
It’s been a rainswept, slightly upside-down week or two, since I last wrote. Christmas seems a stone’s throw away, and in the short intervals between rain showers it has been rather pleasant. But oh, the dramas on our dramatic little island continue… Agriculture: I wish our Agriculture Minister wasn’t so full of bluster. Now he has … More “Argument Dunn,” Goodbye to GSAT and King Evil’s Demise: Jamaica, November 5, 2017
Well, I skipped last weekend. I was out of town, attending a wedding that only happened in fits and starts. I might write an account of it; it truly was an experience. The good thing is I have started journaling (thanks to Susan Goffe!) so I might remember things in more interesting detail in future. … More What’s Happening in Jamaica: July 15/16, 2017
My previous post addressed the concerns of many (including local residents) about the sand mining issue in Duncans Bay, Trelawny. In response to these major concerns, Prime Minister Andrew Holness tweeted the full conditions for the granting of a permit, which the National Environment and Planning Agency had previously denied. I am sharing these conditions, … More “Robust” Conditions for the Granting of a Permit for Duncans Bay from the Office of the Prime Minister
This is an extremely disturbing turn of events. Duncans Bay has a beautiful beach that also has great environmental value. How can the Jamaican Government support climate change adaptation (and it has expressed concern several times over the impact on our coastlines) – while at the same time allowing the removal of sand from the coast? … More Sand mining at Duncans Bay – why did NEPA change its mind?
In its recent Big Up Wi Beach campaign, JET (and students participating in the program) have found sand mining – whether legal or illegal – to be a factor in the deterioration of some of our beaches. So why has the Minister approved a permit (originally turned down by the NRCA) for sand mining on a turtle … More JET Is Concerned At Sand Mining Approval on Turtle Nesting Beach Near Dolphin Head, Trelawny
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
The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) issued a short press release today, expressing its shock at Monday night’s withdrawal of the Minister of Environment’s stop order for the removal of sand from a property in Negril to a new hotel development in St. Ann. Executive Director of Jamaica Environment Trust Diana McCaulay observed that Minister … More Negril Chamber of Commerce Is “Appalled”; NRCA Chairman Concedes “Bungling”; and Is Jamaica For Sale?
It’s not rocket science. There is something that our government bureaucrats, so-called developers and overseas investors don’t seem to be getting. They don’t seem to understand what COP21 – last December’s Conference on Climate Change – was about. It was not just a junket, a nice trip to Paris. Despite all the evidence, they don’t seem … More Our Threatened Beaches and New Mega-Hotels: Negril Chamber of Commerce, JET Very Concerned at Sand Mining
After a rather busy weekend, I am late again. Sunday was quiet and grey; a gentle rain fell. Today the sky is a clear blue. There is much more to be said on crime and corruption. More than I can write today, so I will save some of it for the next bulletin. The sound … More Today is Sunnier: Sunday, January 26, 2014