Jamaica to Host Energy Efficiency Building Code Project Launch

A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), will be launched in Jamaica, next week. The launch will be held March 30-31 and the RPT is tasked with developing the REEBC, as well as its associated application documents and minimum energy performance standards for buildings. Nine Caribbean Community […]

Jamaica Unruffled By Proposed US Cuts to Climate Research

News that the United States (US) is to cut financing for climate research has been received without worry in Jamaica, where the stated intention is to press ahead with efforts to shore up the island’s resilience to the changing climate. “We will continue to do what we can in terms of the development of the […]

Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code Project To Be Launched In Jamaica

A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a regional energy efficiency building code (REEBC), among other mandates, will be launched in Kingston, Jamaica, next week. The launch and the first face-to-face working meeting with the contracted consultant will be held 30-31 March, at the Jamaica Bureau of Standards. Nine Caribbean Community (CARICOM) member states […]

Caribbean Stakes Future on Climate-Smart Agriculture

As Caribbean Community (CARICOM) countries continue to build on the momentum of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Marrakech in 2016, special emphasis is being placed on agriculture as outlined in their Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs). […]

Mangroves To Gain Forestry Dept’s Protection

As critical as they are to Jamaica’s defence against climate change, the effects of which are already being seen or felt on the island – from extreme drought conditions to coastal erosion – mangrove forests may appear quite unremarkable. But the Forestry Department knows better, itself understanding the value of mangroves as not only an […]

Making The Effort For Local Forests

The world’s forests are under pressure. From California’s redwoods to the Amazon rainforest of Brazil to Jamaica’s dry limestone forest and swamp forest, the impact of human depredation and climate change is huge, and growing. To help raise awareness about the plight of forests while reinforcing their value, for the International Day of Forests next […]

Carbon Dioxide In Atmosphere Rises At Record Rate For Second Straight Year

For the second consecutive year, carbon dioxide concentrations as measured at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii rose at a record rate, according to new data released by NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory (ESRL). The increase of three parts per million (ppm) in 2016 was marginally below 2015’s jump of 3.03 ppm, but both years […]

SPARKS Plugs Gap In Caribbean Climate Research

On Nov. 30 last year, a new high-performance ‘Super Computer’ was installed at the University of the West Indies (UWI) during climate change week. Dubbed SPARKS – short for the Scientific Platform for Applied Research and Knowledge Sharing – the computer is already churning out the ‘big data’ Caribbean small island states (SIDS) need to […]

Cuba, CARICOM Foreign Ministers Meet Today

The Fifth Caribbean Community (CARICOM)-Cuba Ministerial Meeting gets underway here today with global developments including climate change among the agenda items. “The meeting will discuss the current international situation and recent developments relating to climate change, and the 2030 agenda for sustainable development,” said Guyana’s Minister of State, Joseph Harmon. He said Guyana will be […]

Wigton Engineer Urges Energy Efficiency

With an increase in oil prices an ever clear and present danger and climate change realities a threat to, in particular, small island states, such as Jamaica, improving energy efficiency is now more important than ever. This reminder has come from Sanja Simmonds, an engineer at Wigton Wind Farm, who specialises in wind energy and […]