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Jamaica Environment 1190
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Among the government agencies charged with environmental responsibilities are the Ministry of Health and Environmental Control, the Ministry of Agriculture, and the Natural Resources Conservation Authority. The major environmental problems involve water quality and waste disposal. Jamaica has 9.4 cu km of renewable water resources with 77% used for agriculture and 7% used for industrial purposes. About 85% of the people living in rural areas and 98% of the city dwellers have access to pure drinking water. Coastal waters have been polluted by sewage, oil spills, and industrial wastes. Another major source of water pollution has been the mining of bauxite, which has contaminated the ground water with red-mud waste. Another environmental problem for Jamaica is land erosion and deforestation. Forest and woodland decreased 7% annually between 1990 and 1995. Jamaica's coral reefs have also been damaged. The nation's cities produce over 0.3 million tons of solid waste per year. Kingston has the waste disposal and vehicular pollution problems typical of a densely populated urban area.

In 2001, four of Jamaica's mammal species were endangered, as were seven bird species and eight reptile species. About 680 plant species are also threatened. Endangered species in Jamaica

LOCATION: 17°43′ to 18°32′ N; 76°11′ to 78°21′ W. TOTAL COASTLINE: 1,022 kilometers (634 miles). TERRITORIAL SEA LIMIT: 12 miles.
LOCATION: 17°43′ to 18°32′ N ; 76°11′ to 78°21′ W. TOTAL COASTLINE: 1,022 kilometers (634 miles). TERRITORIAL SEA LIMIT: 12 miles.

include the tundra peregrine falcon, homerus swallowtail butterfly, green sea turtle, hawksbill turtle, and American crocodile. The Caribbean monk seal, Osborn's key mouse, and the Jamaica giant galliwasp have become extinct.

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Tamara
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Oct 21, 2008 @ 6:18 pm
hey,
im doing an assignment on jamaica at school and i was searching about tehre enviroments and i couldnt help my self but to leave a comment i love jamaica
kye
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Oct 19, 2009 @ 10:22 pm
this was very useful for my geography notes, thanks!
Jackie
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Jan 26, 2010 @ 7:07 am
The article proved very informative. It was amazing to find out about other endangered species like the Green Sea Turtle.
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Mar 19, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
im doing an essay about poverty in jamaica and this really helped a lot put more info up and that will be great thanks
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Mar 28, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
I have to say this article has been a very enlightening one for me. I am Jamaican born and raise until the age of 19. I now attend college in the USA. At this current time I am in Salzburg, Austria- Europe and i'm working on a research about counties that are experiencing environmental issues and I chose Jamaica. I could not believe the things that I read in this article.

I just want to say thanks to the author!
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Apr 14, 2010 @ 6:18 pm
I don't know jamaica is a beautiful place yet the authorities are not doing much to help stem pollution, i'm not going to behave like an ostrich the problem exist and it needs to be fixed before it's too late
kim dias
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Jul 24, 2010 @ 10:10 am
im glad i found this.. all the info i need for my report on jamaica!
skizter
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Sep 22, 2010 @ 1:13 pm
gotta love jamaica. doin an assignment on it just makes me want to go more :p
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Sep 23, 2010 @ 4:16 pm
My dad is Jamaican & we go there every summer he always askes me things about Jamaica & i'm just like IDK but this helped me learn more about where i'm from. thanks
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Nov 26, 2010 @ 9:09 am
i am doing a project on the eviorment of jamaica
and this is great!!! thx sooo much!!
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Sep 22, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
WOW this is really good information... as well im doing a project on Jamaica! thank you
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Sep 29, 2011 @ 10:10 am
thanks for the help i really needed this for my project! :)
Mrs. Evans
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Oct 9, 2011 @ 9:21 pm
thank you very much
i got a 10 in my project thanks to YOU
Cristiano Ronaldo
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Feb 12, 2013 @ 6:18 pm
Was going to Jamaica and going to meet usain bolt thought maybe i could learn about jamaca
Matilda Saint-Lot
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May 24, 2014 @ 1:13 pm
this was a good source of hepl for me if only they could have a page on air pollution as well.

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