It’s electrifying! IDB and Jamaica’s plan for electric vehicles

I must admit – I felt a twinge of envy on hearing last year that Barbados had acquired 33 electric buses. Why can’t Jamaica move forward on this, I wondered? Globally, the electric vehicle market is surging ahead, especially in China, the United States and Europe. President Biden is pushing for 50 percent electric vehicles … More It’s electrifying! IDB and Jamaica’s plan for electric vehicles

IDB and IDB Lab’s Silver Economy Innovation for Inclusion Challenge invites grant proposals to benefit seniors

Did you know there is something called the Silver Economy? I love this expression. I hear it is booming in the United States, and why shouldn’t it boom in Jamaica and across the Caribbean? I know on this island we have an aging population – and apparently this also applies to the Latin American/Caribbean region … More IDB and IDB Lab’s Silver Economy Innovation for Inclusion Challenge invites grant proposals to benefit seniors

Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean

News on climate change and a range of environmental issues – both local and overseas – is coming in thick and fast at the moment. I am writing an environmental news overview at the moment, but events are overtaking me! Meanwhile, this press release from the UN Environmental Programme was one piece of encouraging news … More Good Green News 1: Cleaner and More Efficient Fuels and Vehicles Coming for the Caribbean

Forget the Stinkin’ Toe Tree and Walk-Foot People: Kingston Is The City of the Automobile

Our capital city (and my home) of Kingston is upside down at the moment. There is a mania of “road widening,” which has resulted in the destruction of several large (and by large, I mean very old) trees and a concomitant increase in the amount of concrete. I have written several times about the deforestation … More Forget the Stinkin’ Toe Tree and Walk-Foot People: Kingston Is The City of the Automobile

Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica

When the head of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim visited Jamaica in December, 2016 he pointed to three priorities for the Caribbean: Pollution, Oceans and Ecosystem Preservation. When I asked him what he considered the most serious form of pollution, the unhesitating response was: “Air pollution.”  There are several sources of air pollution in Jamaica, depending … More Clean Air Fi Breathe! Air Pollution in Jamaica

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

Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…

Have we done a poor job at protecting our oceans? Blogger Wayne Campbell thinks so – although it’s never too late and we must now do what we can to combat climate change and restore health to our marine and land environment (of course, it’s all connected). Here is Wayne’s article for World Oceans Day, published … More Have We Dropped the Ball on Protecting Our Priceless Oceans? Wayne Campbell asks…

Cities and Climate Change: An Uncertain Future

“We are cities. Cities are us.” So said the dynamic young Mayor of Tirana, Albania, during a discussion on sustainable cities hosted by the World Bank in Lima, Peru. Mayor Erion Veliaj’s basic premise is true: Cities are more than buildings and roads and gullies. They are people. By the year 2050, the United Nations … More Cities and Climate Change: An Uncertain Future