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Jamaica Looking To Benefit From Green Climate Fund

The Government has taken steps to ensure that Jamaica derives significant benefits from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), which has been established to support the 2015 Paris Agreement on Climate Change.This was disclosed by Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Daryl Vaz, during his 2017/18 Sectoral Debate presentation in […]

Climate Literacy A Must, Says EFJ

This year’s Earth Day theme, Environmental and Climate Literacy, seemed especially appropriate. After the devastating floods in several parishes on Earth Day, a number of activities planned for the day were postponed. And as the rains persisted, the message was very clear: We need to learn and understand more – much more – about climate […]

Antigua Pleads With International Community for Climate Change Mitigation Help

The tiny island-nation of Antigua and Barbuda has made an impassioned plea for support from the international community to deal with the devastating impacts of climate change. Urging “further action”, Environment Minister Molwyn Joseph said the Paris Climate Agreement must become the cornerstone of advancing the socio-economic development of countries. “One area of approach that […]

Trinidad Jolted By Earthquake

Sections of the twin island republic were rocked by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7, late Saturday. The Seismic Research Centre at the University of the West Indies (UWI), St Augustine campus, reports that the quake, that occurred at 9:52 pm (local time) was felt in Port of Spain, Arima and San Fernando. The […]

Jamaicans Called To Action As Island Ratifies Paris Agreement

With the ink barely dry on Jamaica’s ratification of the historic Paris Agreement, Jamaicans have been reminded of the need for deliberate and coordinated action, toward the island’s climate-resilience agenda. “As a country, climate change affects us all in a big way more intense storms and hurricane result in more expenditure in preparing for these […]

Disease Burden Growing as Vector Insects Adapt to Climate Change

There were surprised gasps when University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor John Agard told journalists at an Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting in late November 2016 that mosquitoes were not only living longer, but were “breeding in septic tanks underground”. For many, it explained why months of fogging at the height of […]

Strong Earthquake Jolts St Kitts

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.8 rocked St. Kitts and Nevis early Monday, but there were no reports of injuries or damage. The Trinidad-based Seismic Research Unit said the tremor was recorded at 1:23 am (local time) at Latitude 17.48 N, Longitude 61.20 W and a depth of 10 km. “It’s the strongest I […]

Climate Impact on Caribbean Coral Reefs May Be Mitigated If…

A few dozen metres from the Caribbean beach of Puerto Vargas, where you can barely see the white foam of the waves breaking offshore, is the coral reef that is the central figure of the ocean front of the Cahuita National Park in Costa Rica. Puerto Vargas is known for the shrinking of its once […]

Jamaica to host UNESCO’s Climate Change and World Heritage Symposium

Jamaica will host the Caribbean’s first ever symposium on Climate Change and World Heritage in May. This was announced by the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, Olivia Grange, in her message to mark World Heritage Day being celebrated on April 18, under the theme, ‘Cultural Heritage and Sustainable Tourism’, a release from the […]

Jamaica Inks Global Climate Change Deal

JAMAICA HAS ratified the historic international climate change deal, dubbed the Paris Agreement, which was reached in France in 2015, following years of wrangling among countries over what its provisions should be. This, as the world looks to combat the changing climate that threatens, through sea level rise, extreme weather events, increasing temperatures and associated […]