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Gov’t Allocates Initial $5m For Removal Of Sargassum

Kingston, Jamaica (JIS) – Government has allocated an initial sum of $5 million for clean-up and disposal of the sargassum (a brown seaweed with berry-like air bladders) currently affecting beaches and coastlines across the island and the wider Caribbean. This was disclosed by Director of Environmental Management at the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), […]

We’re Cooked If We Fail On Climate Change – IMF Chief

October 8, 2015       LIMA, Peru (AP) — International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday that failure to take urgent action on global warming will condemn humanity to the same fate as the Peruvian poultry that so many delegates to the group’s annual meeting are enjoying this week in a country famed […]

Gov’t Secures $810.2 Million World Bank Grant For Climate Change Project

October 5, 2015       KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – The Government has received approximately $810.2 million (US$6.8 million) in World Bank grant funding support to improve climate and weather data collection and information management within Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs). The undertaking is part of a package of projects, valued of approximately $3.57 billion […]

Cuba Eliminates Ozone-Layer-Exhausting Substances

October 5, 2015       Havana (Prensa Latina) Cuban experts are giving the final touches a plant with Japanese technology to destroy substances that exhaust the ozone layer (OLES), the fragile gas stratus that prevents the Sun’s ultraviolet radiation from damaging life on Earth. Master of Science Natacha Figueredo, from the Cuban Technical Office […]

Jamaica Deeply Concerned About Climate Change Challenges

October 3, 2015       Jamaica has expressed deep concern about the challenge posed by Climate Change, saying it is an “existential one” for the populations of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Foreign Affairs Minister Arnold Nicholson told the 70th Session of the United Nations General Assembly Debate that the lives and livelihoods “too […]

Hurricane Joaquin Batters Bahamas; Ship Missing In Storm

October 3, 2015       ELEUTHERA, Bahamas (AP) — Hurricane Joaquin destroyed houses, uprooted trees and unleashed heavy flooding as it hurled torrents of rain across the Bahamas yesterday, while the US Coast Guard said it was searching for a cargo ship with 33 people aboard that went missing during the Category 4 storm. […]

C’bean Braces For Worsening Drought As Dry Season Nears

September 23, 2015       SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The most severe drought to hit the Caribbean in recent years is expected to worsen despite rains from tropical storms that have replenished some reservoirs. Forecasters say El Nino phenomenon is gathering strength and will continue to warm the tropical Pacific until early […]

Will Reformed Capitalism Solve The Problem Of Climate Change?

September 22, 2015       ATLANTA – Unless capitalism is reformed, the very democratic order will be threatened,’ writes Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty- First Century. However, corporate America stands in renunciation of this statement, especially when it concerns the devastating effects of climate change. Whereas, capitalism is a required condition for […]

Talkin’ ‘Bout my Generation: Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean

  Port – of – Spain, Trinidad – “If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”  ―  Marie Lu It has been said time and again that climate change is not just about the melting polar caps. Although it is a central aspect of […]

Hundreds Of Volunteers Turn Out To Clean Up Hellshire Beach

September 20, 2015   KINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) – Hundreds of persons turned out on Saturday to clean up the Hellshire Bay beach in St Catherine, organised by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) and the Urban Development Corporation (UDC). Held to observe International Coastal Clean Up Day, the activity began  early in the morning […]