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Stories by Petre Williams-Raynor

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

The National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) is moving to reclassify recreational water bodies to ensure the most important areas are protected from the negative impacts of pollution.This is in accordance with its obligations under the...

Published:Monday | October 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) has accused the authorities of giving up on clean air for the communities around Spanish Town Road in the vicinity of the Riverton City Landfill and for persons travelling along the Mandela Highway.More than six...

Published:Sunday | October 8, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Having uncovered anomalies in the data collected on Jamaica's water quality, local environmentalists have called for a temporary closure and review of the island's monitoring system, administered by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA...

Published:Thursday | October 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE RECENT rash of hurricanes to affect the Caribbean has lent urgency to efforts to shore up the climate change preparedness of Jamaica's multi-million-dollar tourism industry."The Caribbean is one of the most tourism-dependent regions in the world...

Published:Thursday | September 28, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH THE devastation caused by hurricanes Harvey and others as the fuel, Jamaica is to continue its push for financing and other support to treat with loss and damage due to climate change events, at the annual climate talks set this year for Bonn,...

Published:Thursday | September 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

IN THE aftermath of the punishing blows dealt by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and now Maria, local pundits believe the United States (US) could be forced to rethink its stance on climate change.They, however, stopped short of predicting what that could...

Published:Thursday | September 14, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

THE BLUDGEONING delivered by hurricanes Irma and Harvey has brought into sharp focus the financing needs of developing countries, and, in particular, those of small-island developing states (SIDS) for adaptation and loss and damage from climate...

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AFTER YEARS of lobby for a Cockpit Country boundary, advocates for the environment are cautiously optimistic their wait for Government's decision on the matter may soon end.This is thanks to recent utterances from Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett, who...

Published:Thursday | August 31, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH ITS ruggedly beautiful landscape, rich biological diversity, storied past and warm people, Jamaica's Ministry of Tourism has eyes on Cockpit Country as it moves to expand community tourism."We are in fact just beginning to explore the many key...

Published:Thursday | August 24, 2017 | 12:03 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

The long-term sustainability of the biodiversity-rich Cockpit Country trumps any short-term financial gains to be derived from the extractive industry, according to Tourism Minister Ed Bartlett."The matter of trying to balance the extractive...

Published:Thursday | August 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

Jamaica has reportedly signalled its intent to propose an alternate use of the funds that were allocated for component one of its Adaptation Fund (AF) project, which, up to last year, was subject to public scrutiny amid opposition from Negril...

Published:Thursday | August 10, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA HAS taken some initial steps towards a recalculation of its nationally determined contribu-tions (NDCs) to the worldwide effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that fuel global warming."We are in the very, very early stages as it relates...

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE clock continues to tick on a boundary for the ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country, the word is that a final decision may come down to freshwater security considerations.Environmentalist and head of the Jamaica Environment Trust (JET) Diana...

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

JAMAICA IS preparing to take advantage of what is seen as the next big thing in climate financing - the Green Climate Fund (GCF) - even as rising sea levels, warmer temperatures and extreme weather events remain a clear and present danger.Head of...

Published:Thursday | July 20, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

STAKEHOLDERS who live and work inside the ecologically significant Cockpit Country are concerned over the continued wait for a finalised boundary decision for the area that should usher in its protection under law."It was a pleasure to hear, when it...

Published:Thursday | July 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

A REMINDER has come for the Government to put a new pep in its step in reaching and disclosing the decision on a boundary for the biodiversity-rich and ecologically sensitive Cockpit Country, this time from a respected local scientist. He is...

Published:Thursday | July 6, 2017 | 12:04 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

LOCAL NON-PROFITS are doing their bit to preserve and increase Jamaica's forest cover while providing a shot in the arm for honeybees over which there was some concern in recent years.Thirteen of their number are able to do this, thanks to funding...

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

IN THE weeks since the United States (US) revealed its decision to exit the Paris Agreement, Jamaican stakeholders appear to have come to terms with it, some going as far as to suggest it augurs well for those sticking with the deal."I am glad that...

Published:Thursday | June 22, 2017 | 12:02 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

WITH THE ocean's goods and services valued at up to US$21 trillion globally, a focus its health is more than the next big thing in development and requires the effective enforcement of legislation if it is to be preserved.This appears to be the...

Published:Thursday | June 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS THE world turns its collective attention to the declining health of oceans, Jamaica has signalled its intent to step up its own recovery efforts. "Even as we look to our partners for their support ... we acknowledge our own responsibility for...

Published:Friday | June 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

In a move intended to help advance female training and empowerment, the Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the China Women's University (CWU)."CMI and CWU are desirous of establishing a...

Published:Thursday | June 8, 2017 | 12:05 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

AS IT looks to shore up its climate finance options, Jamaica is to join its Caribbean counterparts at the Green Climate Fund's (GCF's) structured dialogue set for Belize later this month."Apart from achieving the full objectives of the agenda, we...

Published:Thursday | June 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

JAMAICA'S CLIMATE Change Division (CCD) is working on strengthening coordination and overall efficiency within the island's focal point network, tasked to ensure climate change considerations are included in the planning and operations of each...

Published:Thursday | May 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMPetre Williams-Raynor

With some 34 departments - 24 of them operational, 10 administrative and most, if not all, data-driven - China's Shanghai Meteorological Service is a study in the use of information science for cutting-edge weather forecasting and climate-change...

Published:Thursday | May 18, 2017 | 12:39 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...

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