Climate Change Will Increase Damage, Losses in Coastal Communities

December 4, 2015         KINGSTON, Jamaica (IPS) – Residents of Rocky Point, a sleepy fishing village on Jamaica’s south coast, woke up one July morning this year to flooded streets and yards. The sea had washed some 200 metres inland, flooding drains and leaving knee-deep water on the streets and inside people’s […]

Pickersgill: Let’s Protect the ‘Lungs of the Earth’

December 2, 2015           SANTA CRUZ, St Elizabeth — Minister of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change Robert Pickersgill made a startling admission at a land-titling ceremony in this south-central town last month. “I must make a confession: When the prime minister (Portia Simpson Miller) appointed me as the minister of […]

S&P: Climate Change can Impact Credit Risk of C’bean Countries

November 30, 2015           PARIS, France (CMC) — A major international credit rating agency says Caribbean and Southeast Asian countries are mostly at risk of climate change affecting their credit ratings. “Our simulations indicate that climate change-related natural hazards can harm sovereign ratings,” said Marko Mrsnik, a credit analyst with the […]

Climate Change Puts Heat On Asia, Caribbean Ratings: S&P

Paris, France (AFP) – Climate change will put current credit ratings on sovereign debt at risk, especially in southeast Asia and the Caribbean, as the likelihood of natural disasters rises along with temperatures, rating agency Standard and Poor’s said on Thursday. “Our simulations indicate that climate change-related natural hazards can harm sovereign ratings,” Standard and […]

Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris

November 23, 2015         KINGSTON, Jamaica – Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts their discussions in jeopardy. Across the […]

Jamaica’s Aging Water Systems Falter Under Intense Heat and Drought

Kingston, Jamaica – This past summer Jamaicans sweltered through their third consecutive year of reduced rainfall resulting in wild fires, a crop-killing drought and daily water cuts. As temperatures exceeded 93.7 F (34.2 Celsius) in several areas, the Meteorological Service urged Jamaicans to “Wake up to the realisation that climate change is already a fact […]

Panos Caribbean Launches ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ Selfie Video Challenge

Kingston, Jamaica – Panos Caribbean has launched the ‘1.5 To Stay Alive Selfie Video Challenge’, as part of efforts to amplify Caribbean voices on climate change. The challenge comes ahead of the international climate change negotiations set for Paris, beginning the end of this month, and is counted among the ‘1.5 To Stay Alive’ campaign activities […]

Trinidad Rattled By Early Morning Earthquake

Port of Spain, Trinidad (CMC) – An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.9 rattled Trinidad and Tobago on Monday, the Seismic Research Centre (SRC) of the University of the West Indies (UWI) has reported. It said that the quake was felt at around 8:36 am and was located 10.89 degrees north and 62.32 west. It […]

Caribbean Agriculture Looks To Cope With Climate Change

  Bridgetown, Barbados – Climate change represents a clear and growing threat to food security in the Caribbean with differing rainfall patterns, water scarcity, heat stress and increased climatic variability making it difficult for farmers to meet demand for crops and livestock. Nearly all of the countries in the Caribbean have been experiencing prolonged drought, […]

Finance Minister Launches 3 new DBJ Products for SME

October 30, 2015       Pleased with a robust turnout and the good mood of everyone, Minister of Finance and Planning Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips (centre), the Development Bank of Jamaica’s Chairman Joseph M. Matalon (right) and Managing Director Milverton Reynolds brought high spirits to the launch of three products to help micro, […]