A field photo of one of the onshore oil seeps discovered in Jamaica. Image credit: David Gold, via Caribbean360
Oil and gas

Oil find in Jamaica

The recent discovery of two onshore oil seeps in Jamaica has raised hopes about future oil exploration: Jamaica could be sitting on oil. Two independent live oil seeps have been discovered in different parts of the island – the first documented occurrence of ‘live’, or flowing, oil from onshore Jamaica, …

Fishers, Jamaica. Photo credit: Gary O. Grimm
Climate Change

Jamaica launches initiative to make its fishing industry more climate-resilient

The government of Jamaica, with support from the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, will be undertaking activities to help the fisheries sector adapt to climate change: As part of efforts to minimise the impact of climate change on fishing livelihoods, a campaign will be designed and executed in the upcoming …

Marijuana plant. Image credit: Bob Doran
Agriculture
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Jamaica’s first harvest of commercial medical marijuana

Timeless Herbal Care, “the leading cannabis company in Jamaica”, has announced the first harvest of commercial medical marijuana in Jamaica: Timeless Herbal Care Ltd., the leading medical marijuana brand in Jamaica, announced it has successful harvested the first legal commercial cannabis in Jamaica in over a century. The harvest was …

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Agriculture

Adaptation Fund supports building resilience in Jamaica’s agriculture sector

With financial support from the Adaptation Fund, the government of Jamaica is embarking on a multimillion dollar project to improve the resilience of the agriculture sector: A total of $47 million has been set aside to enhance the resilience of the agricultural sector and coastal areas. The allocation for the …

Solar Head of State Jamaica Community Solar Challenge
Energy

Solar Head of State Jamaica Community Solar Challenge

Solar Head of State has just launched the first Jamaica Community Solar Challenge. It’s a national competition for young people from across the country to learn more about the benefits of renewable energy. Young Jamaicans between the ages of 12 and 26 are challenged to design a creative project (a …

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley (left), presents a copy of the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Standards Guide to Training Coordinator at the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), Sonia Morgan, at the launch of the guide at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston on February 21. Image: Dave Reid, via Jamaica Information Service.
Energy

Jamaica produces a guide to energy efficiency and conservation standards

The Jamaica government has produced an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Standards Guide, as part of its effort to reduce that country’s energy consumption, starting with the public sector: Developed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) through its Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programme (EECP), the Guide contains standards to which …

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 …