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Stories by Petre Williams-Raynor

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...

Published:Thursday | January 19, 2017 | 1:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

CARICOM has fallen short of its target of 20 per cent renewable power capacity by 2017 - as reflected in the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) - but all is not lost."Yes, we missed the 2017 target," said Dr Devon Gardner,...

Published:Thursday | January 5, 2017 | 1:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

ACCOUNTANT BARRINGTON Lewis and environmental professional Allison Rangolan McFarlane have assumed leadership of the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ) as chief executive officer and chief technical director, respectively.The appointments...

Published:Thursday | December 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

In the race to stay ahead of the curve in the world of climate-change research, there are few things as thrilling to scientists as a new tool to improve efficiency in their data collection and sense-making efforts.Local and regional climate...

Published:Thursday | November 24, 2016 | 11:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the future and extent of United States (US) financial and/or other support of the global climate change response unsure, Caribbean islands have been cautioned to be prepared to go it alone.Former head of the CARICOM Task Force on Sustainable...

Published:Tuesday | November 22, 2016 | 11:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

MARRAKECH, Morocco:Jamaica is choosing, at least for now, not to worry over whether climate finance flows from the United States (US) will dry up under the presidency of Donald Trump.This is despite news that the president-elect - a climate-change...

Published:Thursday | November 17, 2016 | 11:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

MARRAKECH, Morocco:There is a storm brewing over the Adaptation Fund (AF)and what it represents to the developing world, as countries look to operationalise the Paris Agreement that plots the route to...

Published:Thursday | November 3, 2016 | 11:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation has sought to quiet concerns over Jamaica's failure to ratify the Paris Agreement, ahead of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, being...

Published:Wednesday | October 12, 2016 | 10:10 PMPetre Williams-Raynor

Hurricane Matthew - packing winds up to 145 miles per hour and leaving a trail of bodies, levelled buildings and displaced people in its wake - has brought into sharp focus the urgent need to have Jamaica's long-awaited building bill passed.This is...

Published:Thursday | October 6, 2016 | 10:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

While Jamaica was spared the full wrath of Hurricane Matthew, others in the Caribbean were not, making well the case for holding global temperatures at 1.5 degrees Celsius in the face of a changing climate.So says respected meteorologist and former...

Published:Thursday | September 29, 2016 | 9:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JEFFREY SPOONER has long been a man on a mission, but after 40 years of stamping his mark on the Met Service while helping to advance Jamaica's efforts toward climate security, it's time to put his feet up.His mission boots are officially off and...

Published:Thursday | September 15, 2016 | 9:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Despite the successful inclusion of 1.5 degrees Celsius as a target in the Paris Agreement to address global climate change, Caribbean leaders and negotiators are continuing their push for a climate-secure region.They met earlier this month for the...

Published:Thursday | September 8, 2016 | 9:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

From getting acquainted with how government does business to informing and reassuring partners and planning for the Marrakesh negotiations in November, it's been a whirlwind of activities for the new captain at the helm of the Climate Change Division...

Published:Thursday | July 28, 2016 | 7:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE ADAPTATION Fund (AF) through which developing countries, including Jamaica, have had concrete climate change adaptation projects and programmes financed - is continuing the hunt to raise money to sustain its work."I have been visiting donors...

Published:Thursday | July 7, 2016 | 7:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

EFFORTS to ready the National Conservation Trust Fund are progressing, though the authorities remain tight-lipped on when beneficiaries may be able to access it."Where we are at now, the trust fund is registered under the Companies Office of Jamaica...

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