Sea level rise projections for Kingston, Jamaica. Image: Nickolay Lamm for Climate Central
Climate Change

Striking images illustrate Caribbean impacts of sea level rise

Via Climate Central, a series of science-based illustrations that demonstrate the impact that rising sea levels, resulting from climate change, could have on Caribbean cities: According to Climate Central: The first image in each pair … shows projections of post-2100 sea level rise that could be locked in following 4°C …

Open burning. Image: Kevin and Justine Smith
Solid waste

Jamaica agencies co-operate to raise awareness about the dangers of open burning

In Jamaica, a multi-agency effort is underway to raise awareness about the hazards associated with the open burning of waste and debris, and to eliminate the practice of open burning: The activities are being spearheaded by NEPA’s GEF/IDB Integrated Management of the Yallahs and Hope River Watershed Management Areas Project …

Image credit: Robert Leverington
Energy

European Union support for energy efficiency in Jamaica

The European Union is providing Jamaica with US$10 million in grant funding to support increased energy efficiency, particularly in the public sector: The Government has received additional funding support for its Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP) through a €9.17-million (US$10-million) grant from the European Union (EU). This is being …

3000 plastic bags. Image credit: Alan
Solid waste

Reducing plastic bag use in Jamaica: ban or fee?

The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) has recently completed an assessment of two policy options—imposing a ban vs. applying a tax/fee—for reducing the use (and subsequent disposal) of plastic bags in Jamaica (where plastic carrier bags are also known as “scandal bags”). Their key findings and recommendations: Both methods examined  have disrupted …

Beach Garbage: Image credit: John Schneider.
Solid waste
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Volunteers remove more than 70 tons of garbage from Jamaica’s coastline

On International Coastal Cleanup Day 2017, nearly 10,000 volunteers helped to collect over 72 metric tons of garbage from Jamaica’s beaches and coasts. The Jamaica Observer reports: A record 160,628 pounds of garbage, including nearly 300,000 plastic beverage bottles, was collected from beaches across the island on International Coastal Cleanup …

International Atomic Energy Agency
Hazardous Substances and Waste

International Atomic Energy Agency building Caribbean capacity to manage radioactive sources

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy, has been providing guidance and support to six Caribbean countries to enable them to better manage radiation sources: Through an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, and in partnership with the United States Department of Energy (US …

Goat Islands, Jamaica. Image credit: Jeremy Francis
Biodiversity

After years of advocacy, Jamaica’s Goat Islands to be declared a wildlife sanctuary

Jamaica’s Goat Islands, which were previously the intended location for a port development project that would have destroyed key habitats and ecosystems, are now to be declared a national wildlife sanctuary. The Jamaica Environment Trust reports: The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) is celebrating the decision by the Urban Development Corporation …