Monthly Archives: October 2016


Holness: ‘Get It Right’ On Energy

Prime Minister Andrew Holness addresses the opening ceremony of the Organisation of Caribbean Utility Regulators Conference in Montego Bay, St James, yesterday. Asserting that "we must get it right", Prime Minister Andrew Holness has urged utility regulators to take seriously their role in helping the Caribbean ease its dependence on oil and embrace technologies and [...]

By | 2016-10-27T15:53:02+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

US Vote Could Impact Caribbean’s Climate Future

Republican Walter ‘Mike’ Hill makes a point during The Gleaner’s Editors’ Forum on Tuesday. Next to him is Democrat Moises ‘Moe’ Vela, and Judith Weddeburn of the 51% Coalition. Jamaica and the Caribbean's bid for a secure climate future is likely to be impacted by the outcome of the November 8 United States (US) presidential [...]

By | 2016-10-27T15:47:04+00:00 October 27th, 2016|

Caribbean Islands Urged To Ratify Paris Agreement

CARICOM Secretary General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque (left) with Dr James Fletcher, who led CARICOM negotiators, in discussion with regional heads of government and ministers at the Paris Climate Talks last year. With the Marrakech climate change talks now only weeks away, the few CARICOM member states that have not yet ratified the Paris Agreement - [...]

By | 2016-10-21T15:17:57+00:00 October 21st, 2016|

Millions More! – Parliament To Be Asked To Approve New Oil Hedge

Governor of the Bank of Jamaica (BOJ) Brian Wynter and Financial Secretary Everton McFarlane have come out defending the costly 'insurance' Jamaica has taken out against oil prices as the expiration date nears and a new one is being prepared for Parliament's approval. Hedging is an investment position used to reduce substantial losses that could [...]

By | 2016-10-21T15:12:04+00:00 October 21st, 2016|

Nations agree landmark deal to cut HFCs, potent greenhouse gases

Representatives from nearly 200 member countries of the Montreal Protocol agreed on a deal to reduce emissions of powerful greenhouse gases at a summit Saturday in Kigali, Rwanda. The landmark deal will reduce the use of hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, the world's fastest-growing greenhouse gases, the UN Environment Program said in a statement. HFCs are potent [...]

By | 2016-10-17T02:08:12+00:00 October 17th, 2016|

David Jessop | Climate Change A Test Of The Region’s Staying Power

A man walks along a construction site on Constant Spring Road, St Andrew on Friday, October 7. The roadway in the vicinity of the Marketplace commercial complex is being repaired following its collapse from rains associated with Hurricane Matthew. After a period of uncertainty, it has been confirmed that the Paris Agreement on Climate Change [...]

By | 2016-10-10T15:54:00+00:00 October 10th, 2016|

Jamaica sets year-end deadline to ratify Paris Agreement

Project Administrator at the Climate Change Division in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Clifford Mahlung, addresses a consultation on ‘climate change and human health in Jamaica and its implications for other sectors’ at the Climate Change Division located at Half-Way Tree Road in Kingston. (Photo: JIS) JAMAICA is expected to deposit its [...]

By | 2016-10-05T16:22:50+00:00 October 5th, 2016|

Canada just did something (else) awesome that the US should copy

Carbon tax: A cheap, proven fix to climate change Nearly everyone who studies climate change policy agrees on one thing: To fix this monster of a problem, governments need to put a price on dangerous carbon pollution. Carbon pricing can take a few forms, and it's not a cure-all, to be sure. But it is generally [...]

By | 2016-10-05T13:07:11+00:00 October 5th, 2016|