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Stories by Petre Williams-Raynor

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 8:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica has reportedly signalled its intent to propose an alternate use of the funds that were allocated for component one of its Adaptation Fund (AF) project, which, up to last year, was subject to public scrutiny amid opposition from Negril...

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 8:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA HAS taken some initial steps towards a recalculation of its nationally determined contribu-tions (NDCs) to the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming."We are in the very, very early stages as it relates...

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 8:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE clock continues to tick on a boundary for the ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country, the word is that a final decision may come down to freshwater security considerations.Environmentalist and head of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Diana...

Published:Thursday | July 27, 2017 | 7:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA IS preparing to take advantage of what is seen as the next big thing in climate financing - the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - even as rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and extreme weather events remain a clear and present danger.Head of...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 7:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

STAKEHOLDERS who live and work inside the ecologically significant Cockpit Country are concerned over the continued wait for a finalised boundary decision for the area that should usher in its protection under law."It was a pleasure to hear, when it...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 7:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

A REMINDER has come for the Government to put a new pep in its step in reaching and disclosing the decision on a boundary for the biodiversity-rich and ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country, this time from a respected local scientist. He is...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 7:04 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

LOCAL NON-PROFITS are doing their bit to preserve and increase Jamaica's forest cover while providing a shot in the arm for honeybees over which there was some concern in recent years.Thirteen of their number are able to do this, thanks to funding...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 6:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

IN THE weeks since the United States (US) revealed its decision to exit the Paris Agreement, Jamaican stakeholders appear to have come to terms with it, some going as far as to suggest it augurs well for those sticking with the deal."I am glad that...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 6:02 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH THE ocean's goods and services valued at up to US$21 trillion globally, a focus its health is more than the next big thing in development and requires the effective enforcement of legislation if it is to be preserved.This appears to be the...

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 6:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE world turns its collective attention to the declining health of oceans, Jamaica has signalled its intent to step up its own recovery efforts. "Even as we look to our partners for their support ... we acknowledge our own responsibility for...

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 6:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

In a move intended to help advance female training and empowerment, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Women's University (CWU)."CMI and CWU are desirous of establishing a...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 6:05 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS IT looks to shore up its climate finance options, Jamaica is to join its Caribbean counterparts at the Green Climate Fund's (GCF's) structured dialogue set for Belize later this month."Apart from achieving the full objectives of the agenda, we...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 6:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA'S CLIMATE Change Division (CCD) is working on strengthening coordination and overall efficiency within the island's focal point network, tasked to ensure climate change considerations are included in the planning and operations of each...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 5:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With some 34 departments - 24 of them operational, 10 administrative and most, if not all, data-driven - China's Shanghai Meteorological Service is a study in the use of information science for cutting-edge weather forecasting and climate-change...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 5:39 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Delivery of the special report on the impacts of global warming at 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels is deemed more important now than ever, as countries continue to ratify the Paris Agreement, which charts the course for climate...

Published:Thursday | May 11, 2017 | 5:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA CONTINUES to occupy positions of influence in the global architecture designed to work in the interest of climate change security for all, and in particular developing countries.Just over a month ago, Dr Orville Grey, senior technical...

Published:Thursday | April 20, 2017 | 4:21 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH THE ink barely dry on Jamaica's ratification of the historic Paris Agreement, Jamaicans have been reminded of the need for deliberate and coordinated action, toward the island's climate-resilience agenda."As a country, climate change affects us...

Published:Thursday | April 13, 2017 | 4:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA'S Professor Michael Taylor has made the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team, tasked to deliver what is a vital report for the Caribbean and other small island developing states (SIDS), in the fight against global climate...

Published:Thursday | March 23, 2017 | 3:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

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...

Published:Thursday | March 2, 2017 | 3:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

FROM THE restoration of coral reef, mangrove and coastal habitat within the East Portland Fish Sanctuary to livelihoods diversification in the Portland Bight Protected Area, several hundred Jamaicans are to benefit from a new climate resilience-...

Published:Thursday | February 23, 2017 | 2:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica National Small Business Loans (JNSBL) is looking to vamp up interest in its US$2.5-million adaptation to climate change line of credit, catering exclusively to small and medium size enterprises (SMEs) from the agriculture, tourism and...

Published:Thursday | February 16, 2017 | 2:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

BETWEEN PERFORMANCES on the hotel circuit and across Jamaica's various nooks and crannies, one wonders where Cameal Davis - the 2008 Digicel Rising Stars winner - finds time to dedicate to the environment.But she makes it happen, lending her talents...

Published:Thursday | February 9, 2017 | 2:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

GOVERNMENT'S PLAN to merge the Climate Change Division with Meteorological Service has hit a bump in the road, given challenges with securing the services of a consultant whose recommendations will guide the process."It is noted that attempts to...

Published:Thursday | February 2, 2017 | 2:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH ECONOMIES under threat due to climate change and prevailing high production costs, the recent Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF) served as a call to urgent action to realise energy efficiency and energy sustainability within CARICOM.Kim...

Published:Thursday | January 26, 2017 | 1:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

ENERGY MINISTER Andrew Wheatley has sought to quiet ongoing concerns over reports that the new Chinese owners of ALPART, Jiuguan Iron and Steel, are looking to set up a 1,000-megawatt coal plant in Jamaica to support their operations."Where we are...

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