Earth Today | J’can On Maiden Voyage In Service To Global Climate Convention

A Jamaican woman has been appointed to serve the Bureau of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).   UnaMay Gordon, principal director of the Climate Change Division, is now one of two representatives from the Group of Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC), of which […]

NWA Wins Energy Competition

The National Works Agency (NWA) has copped the number-one spot in the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica’s (PCJ) Government of Jamaica Energy Champion Competition, winning $1 million.   eGov Jamaica Limited took second place and won a $650,000 prize package, while the Ministry of Finance and Public Service placed third, winning $350,000.   Launched in September […]

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 […]

Dominica Lost Almost All Its GDP Due To Climate Change, Says World Bank

December 3, 2015           ROSEAU, Dominica – Tropical Storm Erika wiped out 90 per cent of Dominica’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), according to the rapid damage and impact assessment conducted by the island’s government in collaboration with the World Bank, United Nations, and other development partners with funding support from the […]

Youth Call for Leaders to Follow Footsteps of Climate Vulnerable Forum

December 3, 2015         PARIS, France – Meet the new kid in town – The Climate Vulnerable Forum (CVF). Their ability to impact the negotiations is not be underestimated. This group of developing countries from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean has been stealing the show at COP21 over the last […]

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 […]

Women Farmers Strive to Combat Climate Change in the Caribbean

December 2, 2015           ANSE-LA-RAYE, St. Lucia – In the Caribbean, some women find themselves on the frontline with the battle to mitigate climate change. Meet Dr. Krystal Cox. She is one of three girls who all studied medicine and got medical degrees. Unlike her two siblings who stayed in the […]

The Bahamas Could Vanish if Urgent Action is not Taken to Reverse Climate Change

December 2, 2015           PARIS, France, CNS – The postcards portray sand, sea and sun. The Bahamas is a coral-based archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, comprising 700 islands and cays that range from uninhabited to resort-packed. The northernmost, Grand Bahama, and Paradise Island, home to the sprawling Atlantis resort, are among […]

The Deadly Impact of Climate Change on the Caribbean

December 1, .2015         This week sees the opening of the UN Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, France with US President Barack Obama taking centre stage in seeking an agreement among 150 world leaders to reduce carbon emissions and roll back the tide of climate warming. Today he meet with island […]

Pushing the Caribbean Agenda in Paris – St Kitts-Nevis PM makes Impassioned Plea at Climate Change Conference

December 1, 2015           PARIS, France (CMC) – St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on the international community to “negotiate and agree a legally-binding agreement with ambitious emission reduction targets”. Addressing the 21st Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Harris reiterated […]