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Environment http://wiredja.com Tue, 23 May 2017 08:41:46 -0400 en-gb COMMONWEALTH | Global Businesses using Climate Change for Investments http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/commonwealth-global-businesses-using-climate-change-for-investments http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/commonwealth-global-businesses-using-climate-change-for-investments Commonwealth Secretary-General Baroness Patricia Scotland.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, May 19, CMC – Some multinational companies are beginning to benchmark national commitment to climate change resilience as part of decision-making when it comes to locations for new investments.
Environment Fri, 19 May 2017 18:41:02 -0400
CARIBBEAN | Climate change, flooding, threaten 4.2 million people in Caribbean and Pacific islands http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-climate-change-flooding-threaten-4-2-million-people-in-caribbean-and-pacific-islands http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-climate-change-flooding-threaten-4-2-million-people-in-caribbean-and-pacific-islands Image  courtesy of  Jamaica Observer
BELIZE CITY, Belize, May 19, CMC – A new study by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) estimates that 4.2 million people in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean and in the Pacific are living in areas that are prone to flooding due to rising sea levels.
Environment Fri, 19 May 2017 17:35:04 -0400
TRINIDAD | Venezuelan companies accuse Trinidad of oil spill – demanding compensation http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/trinidad-venezuelan-companies-accuse-trinidad-of-oil-spill-demanding-compensation http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/trinidad-venezuelan-companies-accuse-trinidad-of-oil-spill-demanding-compensation Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister Franklin Khan says an investigation will be launched into the oil spill.
PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, May 16, CMC -Sixty one non governmental organization’s (NGO) in Venezuela have have blamed the state owned oil company Petrotrin for the presence of crude oil residue found on the shores of the tourist island, Margarita.
Environment Tue, 16 May 2017 23:53:43 -0400
GUYANA | Brazilian Army to begin drilling wells on Brazil/Guyana border http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-brazilian-army-to-begin-drilling-wells-on-brazil-guyana-border http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-brazilian-army-to-begin-drilling-wells-on-brazil-guyana-border Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, George Talbot
GEORGETOWN, Guyana,May 13, CMC -Guyana’s Ambassador to Brazil, George Talbot says the Brazilian Army will be drilling several wells in the South Rupununi and the scoping of the area has already taken place.
Environment Sat, 13 May 2017 23:28:53 -0400
CAYMAN ISLANDS | Conservation group urged to ban importation of invasive lion fish http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/cayman-islands-conservation-group-urged-to-ban-importation-of-invasive-lion-fish http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/cayman-islands-conservation-group-urged-to-ban-importation-of-invasive-lion-fish The invasive lion fish
GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 7, CMC – The Cayman United Lionfish League (CULL), has urged the National Conservation Council to implement a ban on importing the invasive lion fish.
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    Environment Mon, 08 May 2017 19:41:06 -0400
    CARIBBEAN | Cruise line ordered to pay millions for illegal dumping, falsifying records http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-cruise-line-ordered-to-pay-millions-for-illegal-dumping-falsifying-records http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-cruise-line-ordered-to-pay-millions-for-illegal-dumping-falsifying-records CARIBBEAN | Cruise line ordered to pay millions for illegal dumping, falsifying records
    MIAMI, Apr. 23, CMC – The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) says a Caribbean cruise line has been ordered to pay a US$40 million penalty – the largest-ever for crimes involving deliberate vessel pollution – related to illegal dumping overboard of oil contaminated waste and falsification of official logs in order to conceal the discharges.
    Environment Mon, 24 Apr 2017 06:07:28 -0400
    GUYANA | Fact finding team to investigate river pollution from gold mining http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-fact-finding-team-to-investigate-river-degradation-from-gold-mining http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-fact-finding-team-to-investigate-river-degradation-from-gold-mining Guyanese Government to investigate  gold-mining effluent in the Cuyuni river
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr. 19, CMC – A fact finding team has been deployed to investigate reports of environmental degradation due to gold mining activities in the communities of Puruni and Mazaruni , to the southwest of here.
    Environment Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:40:07 -0400
    BVI | Bill passed for visitors to pay US$10 in environmental levy http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/bvi-bill-passed-for-visitors-to-pay-us-10-in-environmental-levy http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/bvi-bill-passed-for-visitors-to-pay-us-10-in-environmental-levy Premier and Minister of Finance, Dr. the Hon. Daniel Orlando Smith, OBE, MHA piloted the environmental tax.
    TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands, Apr. 19, CMC – All visitors to the British overseas territory, the Virgin Islands, will soon be required to pay US$10 in an environmental tax.
    Environment Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:34:49 -0400
    JAMAICA | Gov't to Benefit from Japan-Funded Energy Project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-gov-t-to-benefit-from-japan-funded-energy-project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-gov-t-to-benefit-from-japan-funded-energy-project Finance and the Public Service Minister Audley Shaw (left), and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Resident Representative in Jamaica, Kenji Tobita (2nd right), sign the Record of Discussions documents that will facilitate implementation of the J$348.9-million (¥300-million/US$2.7-million) grant-funded three-year ‘Project to Promote Energy Efficiency in Caribbean Countries’. The signing took place at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Wednesday, April 12. Looking on (from second left) are Japan’s Ambassador to Jamaica, His Excellency, Ambassador Masanori Nakano; and Group Managing Director for the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica, which will implement the project, Winston Watson.
    KINGSTON, April 13, 2017 - Jamaica is among four Caribbean countries that will benefit from the Japan International Cooperation Agency’s (JICA) implementation of a J$348.9-million (¥300-million/US$2.7-million) grant-funded energy efficiency project in the region.
    Environment Fri, 14 Apr 2017 13:54:00 -0400
    GUYANA | Gov't seeking to sign EU forest agreement http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-gov-t-seeking-to-sign-eu-forest-agreement http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-gov-t-seeking-to-sign-eu-forest-agreement Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 12, CMC – Guyana Wednesday said it would be sending a delegation to Belgium to finalise negotiations on the European Union-Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade (EU-FLEGT) Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA).
    Environment Wed, 12 Apr 2017 20:49:28 -0400
    JAMAICA | Jamaica Moves 74 Places up on the Global Energy Index http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-jamaica-moves-74-places-up-on-the-global-energy-index http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-jamaica-moves-74-places-up-on-the-global-energy-index Prime Minister Andrew Holness, emphasizes a point while addressing the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a US$330 million 190 megawatt (mw) power plant at Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine, on April 7. The engagement, dubbed the Renaissance Project, will entail the replacement of 292 mw of obsolete power generation equipment at the old Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) power plant, with new efficient natural gas-fired generating capacity.
    KINGSTON, April 9, 2017 - Jamaica has moved 74 places up on the World Economic Forum’s Global Energy Architecture Performance Index.
    Environment Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:52:00 -0400
    JAMAICA | Prime Minister Lauds Local Investor Support for Renaissance Project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-prime-minister-lauds-local-investor-support-for-renaissance-project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/jamaica-prime-minister-lauds-local-investor-support-for-renaissance-project Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), participates in the symbolic groundbreaking exercise for the construction of a US$330 million 190 megawatt (mw) power plant at Old Harbour Bay in St. Catherine, during a ceremony on April 7. Also participating (from left) are: Opposition Spokesman for Industry, Investment and Commerce, Anthony Hylton; Chief Executive Officer (CEO) East-West Power Company, Yong Jin Kim; President and CEO of Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS), Kelly Tomblin; Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Dr. the Hon. Andrew Wheatley; Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz; and Senior Officer, Power Business Division, Marubeni Corporation, Tatsuya Ozono. The plant’s construction, dubbed the Renaissance Project, will result in the replacement of 292 mw of obsolete power generation equipment at the old JPS power plant, with new efficient natural gas-fired generating capacity.
    KINGSTON, Jamaica, April 9, 2017 – Prime Minister Andrew Holness, has lauded local investors and other stakeholders for supporting the US$330 million Renaissance Project which entails the construction of a 190 megawatt power plant at Old Harbour Bay in the central parish of St. Catherine.
    Environment Sun, 09 Apr 2017 22:36:49 -0400
    HAITI | Civil society groups against mining in Haiti http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/haiti-civil-society-groups-against-mining-in-haiti http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/haiti-civil-society-groups-against-mining-in-haiti HAITI | Civil society groups against mining in Haiti
    PORT AU PRINCE, Haiti, Apr 4, CMC – Civil society organisations here have called on the new Haitian government to abandon plans for allowing for the exploitation of metal mining in the French-speaking Caribbean Community (CARICOM) country.
    Environment Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:41:58 -0400
    GUYANA | Commission to undertake project to map Guyana http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-commission-to-undertake-project-to-map-guyana http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-commission-to-undertake-project-to-map-guyana Minister within the Ministry of Natural Resources Simona Broomes says the information will reduce wanton destruction of the environment while fitting perfectly into the government’s green economy agenda.
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Apr 1, CMC – The Geological Service Division of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) says it will be undertaking several initiatives across the country aimed at mapping Guyana’s mineral deposit.
    Environment Sat, 01 Apr 2017 18:36:37 -0400
    GUYANA | Gov't committed to development of oil and gas sector http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-gov-t-committed-to-development-of-oil-and-gas-sector http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-gov-t-committed-to-development-of-oil-and-gas-sector President David Granger
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar. 30, CMC – President David Granger has reiterated his government’s commitment to the development of the country’s oil and gas sector, promising that there will be an atmosphere of transparency and trust.
    Environment Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:41:43 -0400
    ST. LUCIA | Project on seaweed to be showcased at US institute http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/st-lucia-project-on-seaweed-to-be-showcased-at-us-institute http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/st-lucia-project-on-seaweed-to-be-showcased-at-us-institute Sargassum, which gets its name from the Portuguese word for grape, is a floating brownish algae that generally blooms in the Sargasso Sea and now inundates many beaches in the Caribbean.
    CASTRIES, St Lucia , Mar 30, CMC -A project on the transformation of sargassum seaweed into organic compost will be showcased during the Earth Optimism Summit at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC next month.
    Environment Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:54:40 -0400
    CARIBBEAN | Jamaica to host launch of regional project to develop energy efficiency building code http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-jamaica-to-host-launch-of-regional-project-to-develop-energy-efficiency-building-code http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/caribbean-jamaica-to-host-launch-of-regional-project-to-develop-energy-efficiency-building-code CARICOM Secretariat Headquarters at Turkeyen, East Demerara, Gorgetown, Guyana
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 22, CMC – A regional project team (RPT), established to develop a Regional Energy Efficiency Building Code (REEBC), will be launched in Jamaica, next week.
    Environment Wed, 22 Mar 2017 21:18:02 -0400
    GRENADA | CDB to fund Grenada's geothermal energy project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/grenada-cdb-to-fund-grenada-s-geothermal-energy-project http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/grenada-cdb-to-fund-grenada-s-geothermal-energy-project Head of the Renewable Energy / Energy Efficiency Unit at the CDB, Tessa Williams-Robertson,
    BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Mar 22, CMC – The Barbados-based Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) is providing Grenada with a US$231,630 grant to help the island build its capacity for planning and implementation of its geothermal energy development roadmap.
    Environment Wed, 22 Mar 2017 18:17:04 -0400
    GUYANA | Mexico,Guyana sign agreement to develop oil and energy sector http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-mexico-guyana-sign-agreement-to-develop-oil-and-energy-sector http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/guyana-mexico-guyana-sign-agreement-to-develop-oil-and-energy-sector Minister and Director General of the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP), Dr Ernesto Ríos Patrón and Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman sign MOUs *GINA Photo)
    GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Mar 17, CMC – Guyana has signed three Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) with Mexico to build capacity within the country’s emerging oil and gas sector
    Environment Fri, 17 Mar 2017 13:03:06 -0400
    TRINIDAD | T&T hoping for new gas agreement with Venezuela in July http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/trinidad-t-t-hoping-for-new-gas-agreement-with-venezuela-in-july http://wiredja.com/sci-tech-health/environment/trinidad-t-t-hoping-for-new-gas-agreement-with-venezuela-in-july Prime Minister,  Dr. Keith Rowley
    PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, Mar 16, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago government Thursday said it hoped a new gas agreement signed with Venezuela earlier this week would come on stream as early as July to avert further closure of energy plants at Point Lisas in Central Trinidad.
    Environment Thu, 16 Mar 2017 22:44:27 -0400