Reports

PIOJ Gets Sum for Climate Resilience Project

By Douglas McIntosh April 9, 2014 A sum of $23.5 million has been budgeted in the 2014/15 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before Parliament’s Standing Finance Committee, to continue implementation of Phase Two of the Pilot Programme for Climate Resilience (PPCRII) by the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), this year. The allocation will provide funding for a Programme […]

Geothermal Energy: Unleashing the Earth’s Power to Fuel Chile’s Future (Natural Resources Defense Council)

Report by Natural Resources Defense Council highlights the huge potential for geothermal energy in Chile Chile is privileged with abundant geothermal energy resources that can help meet the nation’s growing energy demand. Yet to date, this source of stable and clean energy remains largely undeveloped. A series of barriers have so far limited the expansion […]

Minister Dorsett on Reports of Landfill Secrecy

Landfill remediation has been a topic that I have discussed openly on various talk shows and via other media modes on numerous occasions. I have informed the Bahamian people of the government’s intention to joint venture with Renew Bahamas to effect change in the waste management processes at the New Providence Landfill. I have also […]

Top Provider Slams Landfill ‘Secrecy’

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor - nhartnell@tribunemedia.net A leading waste services provider yesterday slammed the “secrecy” surrounding the Government’s plans for New Providence’s landfill, after a foreign company’s bid to manufacture recycled products in the Bahamas was revealed. Ginny McKinney, Waste Not’s principal, said Renew Bahamas’ intention to transform solid waste materials from the Tonique […]

Bahamians Combine In Water Plant Bid

By NEIL HARTNELL Tribune Business Editor- nhartnell@tribunemedia.net Rival Bahamian groups have joined forces to form one combined bid to take over the multi-million dollar Windsor reverse osmosis plant, Tribune Business can reveal, with the Government yet to make a decision on a new operator. Ednel Rolle, president of the Water & Sewerage Corporation’s management union, yesterday […]

BEHIND THE QUAKES – Authorities Urged To Begin Preparations For New Building Code

Petre Williams-Raynor, Contributing Editor WHILE JAMAICA nears the end of its 106-year wait for a new legal building code, there is still work to be done to ensure it succeeds in boosting the island’s earthquake readiness. “It is not just to have the code in place and the bill being passed into law, it is to […]

PBPA mangroves have carbon sequestration value

US$45 million a year!   THE International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the world’s authority on biodiversity conservation, has written to Jamaica’s environment minister on the subject of the trans-shipment port planned for the Goat Islands in the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA). The organisation argued that given the ecological services to Jamaica and […]

Eradication Project A Success

Marine ecologist Dr Dayne Buddo has attributed the significant reduction of the lionfish population in Jamaican waters to the overwhelming response to the National Lionfish Project which ended in December. “When we started our official surveys were showing lionfish densities in excess of 100 lionfish per hectare,” Buddo, who was project manager, told The Sunday Gleaner. […]

The cost of climate change

Caribbean nations are extremely vulnerable to sea level rise and extreme weather. The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has calculated that the economic losses of climate change for Caribbean nations are US$7.5 billion yearly. “The Caribbean is a very vulnerable subregion that could suffer considerable and negative economic consequences by 2050 […]

Puerto Rico bioluminescent lagoon goes nearly dark

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — A glowing lagoon off Puerto Rico’s north-east coast has gone nearly dark and biologists were trying to find out why yesterday. Theories range from an increase in construction run-off to inclement weather to people clearing mangroves to allow larger boats into the area. The Fajardo Grand Lagoon at the Nature […]