Monthly Archives: March 2016


Developing nations became top investors in renewables in 2015 — UN

PARIS, France (AFP) — Investment in renewable energy hit a record US$286 billion (256 billion euros) in 2015, more than half of which came from developing countries for the first time, according to a UN report released Thursday. All told, new money put into solar, wind, biofuels and other cleaner energy technologies has exceeded US$2.3 [...]

By | 2016-03-29T17:09:34+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

Has oil bottomed out?

ANGRA DOS REIS, Brazil — In this September 22, 2010 file photo, workers stand by the construction of Petrobras oil platforms in the BrasFels shipyard in Angra dos Reis, Brazil. Brazil’s State-run oil company reported on Monday a record quarterly loss due to a large reduction in some of its assets amid lower oil prices. Energy [...]

By | 2016-03-29T17:01:42+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

JPS Gets Green Light To Build 190MW Plant

The oil-fired JPS power plant in Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine is to be replaced with a gas-fired plant. Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA) has approved the construction of the 190-megawatt gas-fired power plant at Old Harbour Bay, St Catherine. The Office of Utilities Regulation and the [...]

By | 2016-03-29T16:50:47+00:00 March 29th, 2016|

Sound Info Can Prepare Ja For Impact Of Climate Change

The increased availability of timely climate and weather information will position Jamaica to become more resilient to climate change impacts and improve development across key sectors such as health, agriculture and tourism. This was the consensus of experts at a forum and exhibition which was held in recognition of the 2016 World Meteorological Day, under [...]

By | 2016-03-28T16:42:34+00:00 March 28th, 2016|

Climate Change Dust Bowl – Portmore Residents Angry As Proposed Park Is Left Hanging And Dangerously Dry

Claudette Sinclair-Mullings vents to our news team over the stalled Climate Change Park. Instead of the tranquillity that was expected from a highly publicised Climate Change Park that was to be created in Portmore, St Catherine, residents are facing a major nuisance from what is now nothing more than a 'dust bowl'. Last week, residents of [...]

By | 2016-03-28T16:38:37+00:00 March 28th, 2016|

Trinidad Confronting Major Shock From Fall In Oil Prices — IMF

Trinidad & Tobago is confronting a major shock with the sharp fall in energy prices that accelerated early this year. In a statement following the conclusion of a mission from the International Monetary Fund earlier this year, head of the IMF mission Elie Canetti said that based on available information, including that of job losses [...]

By | 2016-03-21T01:31:41+00:00 March 21st, 2016|

Environmental migration a real possibility for island states

German artist Hermann Josef Hack’s World Climate Refugee Camp in Hannover displaying 600 miniature climate refugee tents. The model camp is a public art intervention that depicts the social impacts of climate change. Scientists predict that if there is an increase in global temperature of up to 4° Celsius — which the current trajectory has [...]

By | 2016-03-16T17:43:57+00:00 March 16th, 2016|

PIOJ spearheading $829.3-m climate change data management project

Planning Institute of Jamaica Deputy Director General in charge of Sustainable Development and Social Planning Claire Bernard (left) in discussion with Evan Thompson, head of the Meteorological Service’s Weather Branch, during the launch of the Improving Climate Data and Information Management Project at the Terra Nova All-Suite Hotel in St Andrew. JAMAICA’S efforts to strengthen [...]

By | 2016-03-16T17:39:07+00:00 March 16th, 2016|

CCIC leading region’s response to changing climate

SINCE its inception in 2014, the Caribbean Climate Innovation Centre (CCIC) programme has been leading the way in developing a regionally integrated approach to solving the Caribbean’s climate, energy, and resource challenges. The CCIC programme aims to assist Caribbean island states to adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change by empowering each territory [...]

By | 2016-03-15T22:17:01+00:00 March 15th, 2016|

Oil Price Appears To Have ‘Bottomed Out’, Says Energy Agency

The organisation that represents major oil-consuming nations said Friday that signs of a market that has "bottomed out" are emerging. US crude prices jumped to a high for the year. Brent crude, used as a global benchmark, hit a high for the year Tuesday and rose one per cent Friday. Energy companies have been shutting [...]

By | 2016-03-15T22:09:44+00:00 March 15th, 2016|