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Published:Thursday | April 27, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

GOVERNMENT HAS signalled its intent to settle the long-standing issue of a boundary for the biodiversity-rich Cockpit Country this fiscal year, subject to the results of an independent assessment that takes stock of various stakeholder interests."...

Published:Thursday | March 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica is shortly to have the benefit of a comprehensive set of guidelines for coastal management and beach restoration, as it faces down a changing climate that puts at risk coastal resources on which it is hugely dependent.But whether the island...

Published:Thursday | October 27, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica and the Caribbean's bid for a secure climate future is likely to be impacted by the outcome of the November 8 United States (US) presidential election.However, whether the impact will be negative or positive remains to be seen, though the...

Published:Thursday | October 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the Marrakech climate change talks now only weeks away, the few CARICOM member states that have not yet ratified the Paris Agreement - Jamaica among them - have been urged to do so.The appeal has come from Dr James Fletcher, former head of the...

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

Jamaica has begun preparations to participate in this year's international climate talks set for Marrakesh in November, having earlier inked the historic Paris Agreement, which emerged from last year's negotiations, held in France."I know the...

Published:Thursday | August 4, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE SALE of Alpart to Chinese firm Jiuguan Iron and Steel holds not only the promise of jobs; it also threatens to erode Jamaica's climate change response efforts.This is the verdict of members of the local scientific community and environmental...

Published:Friday | July 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

It is unclear what will become of the funds earmarked for the installation of breakwaters to arrest beach erosion in Negril, following a Cabinet decision to discontinue the work which was being done under the Jamaica Adaptation Fund (AF) project."We...

Published:Thursday | June 30, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

"THE ENERGY sector will determine our future." That is the prediction of Minister of Public Infrastructure, Post, Urban Development, and Transport for St Kitts and Nevis Ian Liburd.He was speaking at the June 21 energy conference held at the...

Published:Wednesday | May 25, 2016 | 11:01 PMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS World Oceans Day approaches, the United Nations Environment Programme/Caribbean Environment Programme (UNEP/CEP) is looking to once again draw the public's attention to the threat of plastics - including microplastics present in many personal...

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

From the "historical momentum in favour of brown industries" - those overly dependent on fossil fuels - to "bias in the political system towards short-run and against long-run perspectives", the deck appears stacked against Jamaica's efforts towards...

Published:Friday | April 22, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WHILE the new Government of Prime Minister Andrew Holness settles in behind the reins, the public's years-long wait for a decision on a boundary for the island's ecologically valuable, historically rich, and hotly contested Cockpit Country goes on."...

Published:Wednesday | April 20, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With its role as National Designated Authority (NDA) with the Green Climate Fund (GCF) secure, Jamaica's Climate Change Division is moving to ensure it successfully fulfils the functions.To that end, the division recently applied to the GCF for...

Published:Friday | April 1, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

It remains anyone's guess whether Jamaica will be among the first out of the blocks to ink the new global climate agreement, which opens for signatures on April 22.Colonel Oral Khan, chief technical director in the Ministry of Economic Growth and...

Published:Thursday | March 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The architecture that is to support the Cabinet that forms the engine of the Prime Minister Andrew Holness administration should become clear in the coming weeks."As the work proceeds, the population will get a clear picture of what the new...

Published:Thursday | March 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the equivalent of 1.1 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year by 2030 as part of its global commitment to take climate change mitigation action.To bring this about, the island - as reflected in...

Published:Friday | February 19, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica is, in the coming months, to assess the global climate deal brokered in Paris last December, before putting its final seal on it.The first order of business, according to Colonel Oral Khan, chief technical director in the Ministry of Water,...

Published:Thursday | February 18, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaicans have been encouraged to look past the dirt being dished out by the two political parties on the campaign trail to the environmental issues at stake as one basis for their voting decision on February 25."There is a complete absence of...

Published:Thursday | January 28, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the ink now dry on Jamaica's Climate Change Policy Framework and Action Plan, the island's Climate Change Division (CCD) is to drive the realisation of its goals."We never did have a launch of the policy framework per se, but Minister (of Water...

Published:Wednesday | January 13, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With climate-change impacts forcing local communities to alter their way of life in order to survive, it is necessary to ensure "transparency, accountability and urgency" in the allocation of the financial resources that are to help them do so.This...

Published:Sunday | January 3, 2016 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The '1.5 to Stay Alive' campaign - run primarily in the lead-up to and during the recent international climate talks in Paris - has been given praise by Caribbean Community (CARICOM) chairman Freundel Stuart."CARICOM's interests were strongly...

Published:Wednesday | December 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PARIS, France:The new global climate deal, reached after two weeks of intense negotiations, is a signal to the private sector, local and international, of the need to reassess current investment flows.Jamaican negotiator Dr Orville Grey said the...

Published:Monday | December 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PARIS, France:AFTER TWO weeks of wrangling, an international agreement on climate change has been reached - and with crucial elements lobbied for by the Caribbean and other small island developing states (SIDS). But there is no time for complacency....

Published:Friday | December 11, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PARIS, France:Up to late last evening, it was still anyone's guess as to the precise nature or strength of the climate agreement that is to emerge from Paris.What was clear was the refusal of Caribbean and other small-island developing states (SIDS...

Published:Thursday | December 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PARIS, France:WITH ONLY two days to go before the official end to the climate talks here, Caribbean negotiators are working feverishly to safeguard the region's interest in the final outcome document.That document - referred to as 'the text'...

Published:Wednesday | December 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PARIS, France:Jamaica is looking to take a page from Seychelles' book, following that country's recent debt restructuring for climate-change adaptation with a number of its creditors, announced here on Monday."We have expressed our interest in...

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