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Published:Tuesday | December 8, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Caribbean voices must be heard "very clearly and often enough" if the region is to succeed in securing its interests at the ongoing climate talks in Paris.This is the word from head of the CARICOM Task Force on climate change, Dr James Fletcher."The...

Published:Monday | December 7, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

After a week of deliberations at the United Nations climate talks in Paris, 1.5 degrees Celsius as a possible target for holding the increase in global temperatures - crucial for islands like Jamaica and others of the Caribbean - remains in play."...

Published:Wednesday | December 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

In a move that could be seen as years in the making, the Government is looking to merge the Climate Change Division with the Meteorological Service.Precisely what the new entity - dubbed the National Agency for Meteorology and Climate Resilience -...

Published:Thursday | November 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica remains on track to participate in the international climate talks despite last Friday's gun and bomb attacks in Paris, France, where the 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) negotiations are to be held, beginning the end of this month."It...

Published:Wednesday | November 18, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With climate change impacts a clear danger to Caribbean islands, the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) yesterday launched the investment plan for the region's track of the Pilot Programme for Climate...

Published:Wednesday | November 11, 2015 | 11:02 PMPetre Williams-Raynor

Ja to sign off on team to Paris climate talksAS THE high-stakes climate talks at the annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) near, Jamaica is working to finalise its team to the negotiations.Head of the Climate Change Division Albert Daley would not...

Published:Friday | November 6, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica appears cautiously optimistic about the global climate-change deliberations to take place in Paris next month, having had, along with others, to significantly rework the text that is to form the basis of their work.The text is comprised of a...

Published:Wednesday | November 4, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With less than a month to go before the start of what is likely to be final negotiations for a new international climate deal, Jamaican officials have given the thumbs up to the '1.5 To Stay Alive' campaign being rolled out in the Caribbean."The...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Likening the planet to a human body afflicted by illness, Nobel laureate Professor Anthony Chen has prescribed urgency in treating climate change - the key to which, he advanced, is deep and sustained greenhouse gas (GHG) emission cuts."Planet Earth...

Published:Thursday | October 15, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica has completed the technical work on its intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs) to global greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction, in accordance with its obligations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Caribbean develop-ment actors are seeking to safeguard the region's interests at the upcoming international climate talks with the launch of a regional climate-justice campaign in Castries, St Lucia, last Thursday.The campaign, dubbed '1point5 To...

Published:Friday | October 9, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the emergence of what he calls 'a new climate regime', physicist Dr Michael Taylor has painted a picture of a Jamaica and Caribbean region that supports the case for an ambitious deal at the international climate talks set for Paris in December...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

From Kingston to Montego Bay, Jamaica's climate change negotiators have been courting public support for their efforts while educating people about the troubling phenomenon.Their actions come ahead of the global climate talks/Conference of the...

Published:Thursday | October 1, 2015 | 1:35 PMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the climate threat to Jamaica’s freshwater resources exacerbated by pollution, there is an urgent call to action for improved wastewater management on the island. And this, not only in the interest of water security but also public...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Community-based representatives on Wednesday took the fight against bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country to Kingston, even as Cabinet mulls a decision on a boundary for the area.A group of about 60 representatives, including maroons, journeyed to...

Published:Tuesday | September 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With climate threats to the water sector a clear and present danger - including reduced rainfall levels that have dried up freshwater sources in recent months - Jamaica is accelerating work on its new draft water policy and implementation plan."We...

Published:Wednesday | August 26, 2015 | 11:11 PMPetre Williams-Raynor

As Jamaica moves to answer the climate change threat to its freshwater security, wastewater has been advanced as a possible response - but only provided there can be a change in the outlook on the resource, together with appropriate management."It...

Published:Friday | August 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With bauxite mining a potential threat to water, the Government is being cautioned to tread carefully in its consideration of a boundary for Jamaica's Cockpit Country, the source of roughly 40 per cent of the precious resource on the island."We need...

Published:Wednesday | August 19, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The current water crisis affecting Jamaica could strengthen the Caribbean's hand and, by extension, that of small-island developing states in the upcoming climate talks in Paris, France - but only provided the other negotiating parties are willing...

Published:Thursday | August 13, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica has advanced work on its adaptation strategy and action plans for the agriculture, fisheries and forestry sectors, inline with efforts to prepare the island for climate-change impacts.This is according to head of the Climate Change Division (...

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change is shortly to have a revamped climate change advisory body up and running after more than a year's hiatus."The minister [Robert Pickersgill] is reviewing the role of that entity, including...

Published:Thursday | July 30, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PANOS Caribbean, together with Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES), will today launch a two-day climate change workshop geared at helping to advance the interests of Caribbean small-island developing states.The workshop, which is to see the participation...

Published:Friday | July 17, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The ecological significance of the Cockpit Country to bird conservation is another incentive for a decision on a boundary for the area and one that appropriately reflects the value of the biodiversity it supports.This is according to BirdsCaribbean...

Published:Thursday | July 16, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With the help of environmental interests, a group of St Ann communities are to launch an initial assault against bauxite mining in the Cockpit Country.Come next Tuesday, members of the communities of Gibraltar, Madras and Barnstaple will come...

Published:Friday | July 3, 2015 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Following a series of recent meetings, government stakeholders - including the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment, and Climate Change - are said to be closer to a boundary recommendation for the biodiversity-rich Cockpit Country.The recommendation...

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