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Stories by Petre Williams-Raynor

Published:Thursday | January 24, 2019 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

  THE TIME for procrastination on accelerated climate change adaptation and mitigation actions is past, evidenced by the recently published eye-opening special report on 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming and the devastating 2017 hurricane...

Published:Wednesday | September 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

IN ONLY a few weeks' time, Professor Dale Webber, principal of the University of the West Indies, respected marine scientist and a man who has long given his time to public service, is to be honoured...

Published:Wednesday | June 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

"The ocean is the most powerful force on the planet," says marine scientist, conservationist and explorer Fabien Cousteau.Indeed, it is so powerful that life depends upon it.In Jamaica and globally, the living coral is an endangered species,...

Published:Wednesday | June 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS MEMBERS of industry participate in the organisation development transfor-mation conference, hosted by the Caribbean Centre for Organisation Development Excellence, this week, entrepreneur Eleanor Jones has said it is critical that environmental...

Published:Wednesday | May 23, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

FIVE LOCAL companies will participate in an upcoming Recycle Challenge to collect a minimum of 100,000 plastic bottles over seven weeks.The challenge will be launched next Monday by Wisynco ECO, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Wisynco...

Published:Wednesday | May 16, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THERE IS a strong call for Jamaicans to pay more attention to the safety of children with disabilities and to be more proactive in protecting them from threats, such as fires and natural disasters."Children with disabilities are most vulnerable to...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE DEBATE rages on over migration as a survival option for native animal and plant species, as for humans, in the face of a changing climate, following Dominica's recent decision to do just that for two of its birds."To where would vulnerable...

Published:Wednesday | April 11, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE NATURE Conservancy, together with the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), is looking to make nature work for islands, in the race to stave off the ill effects of climate change.To make it happen, they...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE FORESTRY Department is looking to provide a detailed description of the announced boundary for the Cockpit Country within two years.The revelation was made by chief executive officer and conservator of forests Marilyn Headley, who noted the...

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

TRIBUTES HAVE continued to pour in for Mike Schwartz, a decades-long champion of Jamaica's ecologically sensitive and culturally significant Cockpit Country who died last month.The Englishman and engineer spent some 30 years working to safeguard the...

Published:Wednesday | January 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICAN YOUTH can expect to have more of a say in environmental policy issues this year, as government looks to grow its Youth Environment and Advocacy Programme (YEAP).Colonel Oral Khan, chief technical director (CTD) in the Ministry of Economic...

Published:Wednesday | January 3, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

PLAYERS FROM civil society and the private sector have given their stamp of approval to efforts to have the Blue Lagoon declared a national monument, while stressing the need for a long-term sustainability plan for the attraction located in Portland...

Published:Wednesday | December 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICANS are giving the environment a hand with the increased demand for, and purchase of, potted Christmas trees this season."The potted Christmas trees have sold out; they are taking on. We had persons from as far as Trelawny coming for trees,"...

Published:Wednesday | December 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AMID THE hubbub of the season, Jamaicans have been encouraged to take the time to gift themselves something that can help to safeguard their climate future."People like to spend money at Christmas. I would say spend the money on things that are much...

Published:Wednesday | October 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA IS to assist its neigbours whose tourism sectors took a hit with the passage of the recent hurricanes, each of which developed into category four and five events at what seemed to some the snap of a finger."We are all a part of the regional...

Published:Wednesday | September 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH HIS long-standing love affair with science and now years of research and teaching under his belt, a recent nomination to the team of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is like Chantilly cream on an already delicious cake for...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

ANOTHER JAMAICAN, Dr Donovan Campbell, has made the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) team, this time to work on a special report focused on climate change and land.The report, titled 'Climate Change and Land: an IPCC...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THERE IS now a first draft of the highly anticipated Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on a 1.5 degrees Celsius increase in global temperatures, seen as vital for, in particular, Caribbean and other small-island...

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is targeting 15,000 signatures by the end of this month for its Cockpit Country petition, calling for, among other things, the closure of the area to mining,...

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

FROM THE dangers of a changing climate to the pressing need for advanced and adequately financed preparation, Hurricane Irma and before that, Hurricane Harvey, are chock-full of lessons for Jamaica."Irma is unusual in that it developed so quickly...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE 23rd global climate talks near, Caribbean and other small-island developing states (SIDS) are advised to boost their lobby for adaptation funding and enhanced commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.The recommendation has come from Dr...

Published:Wednesday | August 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE world continues the waltz towards a secure climate future, the 23rd global climate talks set for November in Bonn, Germany, is to be led by a small-island developing state (SIDS) - Fiji.For some, this is a timely development and one that...

Published:Wednesday | August 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE SOUTHERN Trelawny Environmental Agency (STEA) is poised to take greater advantage of the magic that is Jamaica's Cockpit Country, from its rugged terrain and scenic beauty to the flora and fauna for which it provides a home, as well as its...

Published:Wednesday | August 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA ALREADY has its sights set on a second readiness grant from the Green Climate Fund (GCF), even as it prepares to ink the agreement on the first, intended to boost the island's ability to access financing for climate-change adaptation and...

Published:Wednesday | July 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

MORE THAN 30 Jamaican budget and planning officers have been given an education in the integration of climate change into national and ministerial budgets.It was delivered by the Climate Change Division (CCD), with the assistance of the country...

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