A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

Today (July 26) is UNESCO’s International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem. In other words, it’s World Mangrove Day! UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova notes: Coastal mangroves are among the most threatened ecosystems on earth. Current estimates indicate that up to 67% of mangroves have been lost to date, and nearly all unprotected mangroves … More A Beautiful Storehouse of Blue Carbon… World Mangrove Day, July 26

Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

It has been a while, and this feature, which was going along on a weekly basis, has fallen behind badly! Blame it on January 2017… Anyway, here are Jamaican and global stories on the environment and climate change, for your interest. Click on the links for more info!  (The cover photograph is of a Glossy … More Air Pollution, the Death of a Young Conservationist and Water for Cities: Environment Stories, February 6, 2017

Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude (The Fox and the Woodpecker)

Do animals get lonely? Are they “happy” with their own company? When I was thinking about this week’s Weekly Photo Challenge – Solitude – I found two photographs I took of our fellow creatures, quite alone. Jamaican Woodpeckers often like to perch at the top of the lamp post near our home. I watch them, … More Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitude (The Fox and the Woodpecker)

My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

A gentleman (well, maybe rather a rough man actually) named Matthew has taken over our lives. Someone commented that Matthew is an “uptown name,” so we might have expected him to be better behaved. But alas. He has been very difficult so far: slow to make up his mind, at times hesitant and even stopping … More My Weekly Update: The Matthew Edition, Sunday/Monday October 2/3, 2016

Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

The Negril Chamber of Commerce (NCC) was, in a word, “thrilled” to receive a letter from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) – the National Implementing Entity to the Adaptation Fund informing the Chamber that in June “the Cabinet approved a recommendation for the termination of Component 1 of the GOJ/AF Programme and all related … More Negril Chamber of Commerce “Thrilled” at Government’s Decision on Breakwater

1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

Well, they’ve all packed up their laptops and gone home. The long-awaited UN Conference on Climate Change (COP21) in Paris is now over. But now the dust has started to settle a little after all the hustle and bustle and expected drama and excitement…how do developing countries assess the results? Initial reactions have been very mixed. Here … More 1.5 To Stay Alive: From Rhetoric to Reality, by Mariama Williams

Listen to the Voices of our Senior Citizens on Climate Change

How are our seniors doing? It’s a question that perhaps we don’t ask ourselves often enough, in the context of climate change. Like other vulnerable populations, our senior citizens are not necessarily outspoken. They don’t come out and shout about how the tides of change are affecting their daily lives. Moreover, the field of climate … More Listen to the Voices of our Senior Citizens on Climate Change

Hot Air, Thieves, Highways, Pollution and Pontifications: Sunday, January 18, 2015

We are moving into what they call a “dry spell” – which could soon develop into “drought conditions.” I can tell, because our wild birds are pushing and shoving each other at our garden bird bath. Birds need water, too; do put some out for them. Blowing hot air: Why am I so not impressed by the way … More Hot Air, Thieves, Highways, Pollution and Pontifications: Sunday, January 18, 2015

Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014

The World Cup final was exhausting and I must admit I could not have taken much more stress. It was a hot afternoon, we had the fans turned up full and ate mangoes and drank coconut water at half time. This did not help Argentina to a victory, sadly. But all the Jamaicans who suddenly … More Saharan Dust, Heil Hitlers and UC Rusal: Sunday, July 13, 2014