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Stories by Petre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

RESTORATION OF the Negril Great Morass and enhanced management for the Negril Environmental Protection Area are among the promises of a new 48-month project launched last week in the western resort town.Dubbed 'Biodiversity Mainstreaming in Coastal...

Published:Thursday | November 29, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

ONE CIVIL society organisation appears to be answering the call for Caribbean Community countries to hit reset on climate advocacy.This is in the wake of the Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change Special Report on global warming of 1.5 degrees...

Published:Thursday | November 8, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH THE special report on global warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius revealing that the world at that temperature is one that is in much better shape than at two degrees, some Caribbean stakeholders are insisting on the need for a renewed push for steep...

Published:Thursday | October 18, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

THE WARMER the planet, the more unlikely it is for in particular small island states, such as those of the Caribbean, to effectively adapt to a changing climate."Adaptation is expected to be more challenging for ecosystems, food and health systems...

Published:Thursday | September 27, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

CARIBBEAN ISLANDS are prepared to fight for the acceptance of the final draft of the Summary for Policymakers (SPM) of the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 degrees Celsius.The document will come up for approval at next week's plenary of the...

Published:Thursday | September 20, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH THEIR fears running from water security to disease prevalence, natural disasters and wars, Jamaican youth want more of a say in the national discourse on climate change and a hand in the response efforts.Youth advocate Ayesha Constable said...

Published:Thursday | August 30, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH THE unrelenting heat of summer bringing into sharp focus the reality of a changing climate, taking stock of one's clothing choices has become more about looking fashionable or adhering to conventional codes of dress, whether at work or in...

Published:Thursday | August 23, 2018 | 12:07 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

TUESDAY'S 7.3-magnitude earthquake that rocked Venezuela and which was also felt in Trinidad, Grenada and Barbados is a wake-up call for Jamaica and the Caribbean."The earthquake is another reminder of the need for Caribbean states to develop...

Published:Thursday | August 16, 2018 | 12:07 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

The climate-change threat to food security has left Jamaica and the Caribbean in search of an effective response to safeguard their ability to feed their people over the long term, and it appears they have found one.It is called crop simulation...

Published:Thursday | July 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH NO relief from the sweltering heat expected over the next few weeks and a drought watch still in place for sections of the island, Jamaicans are advised to stay indoors as much as is possible, conserve on water, and, yes, pray for rain."We did...

Published:Thursday | July 5, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

THE JAMAICA Environment Trust (JET) is to follow the legalisation of the boundary for the island's biodiversity-rich and culturally significant Cockpit Country, and have launched a project to help the public keep pace.Dubbed 'Advancing the...

Published:Thursday | June 28, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

RESPECTED INDUSTRY player Eleanor Jones recently pressed home her argument for a refocus on a re-imagined triple bottom line, championing 'purpose, people and planet' in organisation development."An accelerated rate of change requires heightened...

Published:Thursday | June 14, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH THE start of another hurricane season has come the reminder of the need for gender sensitivity in preparedness, relief and recovery planning for extreme weather events, certainly given the changing climate.Climate change presents, among other...

Published:Thursday | June 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

WITH another three days to go to the end of National Environmental Awareness Week (EAW), Jamaicans have the chance to get in on the recycling action being spearheaded by Wisynco Eco.Wisynco Eco, the corporate social responsibility arm of the Wisynco...

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

MEN AND boys on the margins of society, notably those who are poor, gay and/or disabled, must be given priority in disaster planning, as part of efforts to minimise the socio-economic fallout from, among other things, climate change impacts such as...

Published:Thursday | May 24, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

JAMAICAN AND Caribbean men at the margins of society, namely those who are poor, have disabilities or who are gay, are among those at highest risk in natural disasters.Such is the revelation of Dr Leith Dunn, senior lecturer and head of the...

Published:Thursday | May 17, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

AS JAMAICA and the Caribbean persist in efforts to become climate ready, collaboration and female inclusion and leadership are being advanced as critical to their success."Hurricanes Irma and Maria have highlighted the vulnera-bility of Caribbean...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

THE UNIVERSITY of the West Indies (UWI) and the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) are looking to improve access to climate change research that can, among other things, inform policymaking in the region.This, with a new publication called the...

Published:Thursday | May 10, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

IT HAS been said that to accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.Dr Tannecia Stephenson embodies that sentiment, as she joins the growing number of women who have made, and continue to make,...

Published:Thursday | May 3, 2018 | 12:08 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

IT'S NEVER easy to bid farewell to a job to which one has committed years of effort; Colonel Oral Khan, now retired chief technical director for the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, knows this to be true.Still, having closed that...

Published:Thursday | April 26, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

IN THE age of climate change, and given her work with the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica (EFJ, Allison Rangolan didn't think twice when the opportunity to join the Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE) Network arose last year."Renewable energy (RE)...

Published:Thursday | April 19, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

NEWS OF a national spatial plan (NSP) that takes account of climate change and which has been some time in coming has been greeted with mixed views from civil society and academia."The NSP is very important and it would be great if Jamaica could...

Published:Thursday | April 12, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

DOMINICA CONTINUES to take heat for its decision to relocate two of its birds overseas, following last year's hurricane events.Conservation biologist and director of research at the Windsor Research Centre, Dr Susan Koenig, said it was not clear to...

Published:Thursday | March 15, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

THE REGIONAL agreement on access to information, public participation and access to justice in environmental matters, otherwise known as Principle 10, will open for signatures and ratification by countries, including Jamaica, at the UN General...

Published:Thursday | March 1, 2018 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor/ Contributing editor

GOVERNMENT HAS made some initial moves to make official the designated boundary for the ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country that was announced last year."The Forestry Department has placed advertisements to reach out to the private land owners,...

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