Riverton Smoke Signals: Riverton Smoke 101

Yesterday Jamaica’s Ministry of Health released a statement about tests on last week’s Riverton Smoke.  The most important bit is: “there were high levels of hazardous substances including benzene.”  OK.  But what does that mean? What are the other hazardous substances? What does “high levels” mean? Wait, wait, wait: WHAT is in this smoke? The Government … Continue reading

Riverton Smoke Signals: A Distress Call

One of the oldest methods of long distance communication is the smoke signal.  Since last Wednesday, March 11, 2015 Jamaica has been sending an urgent and persistent smoke signal for all who care to see: H-E-L-P. The Riverton Dump, the main dumping site for all manner of waste produced by Jamaicans, is on fire.  It … Continue reading