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    Estimating the Cost of Climate Risks for Developing Countries

    Monday, September 14th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Climate Change Risks could cost Developing countries up to 19% of GDP by 2030

    Report says action on climate adaptation may significantly reduce losses and increase economic sustainability.

    A report from the Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group released today indicates that climate risks could cost nations up to 19% of their […]

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    Brazilian Banks Assume Environmental Commitment

    Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

    Brazilian businesses depending on bank financing for their economic activities will have to prove from now on that they are committed to developing socio-environmental policies, such as those regarding respect for human and workers’ rights, conservation of biodiversity, valuing the diversity of local cultures, reduction of poverty and income distribution inequality. This is the […]

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    World Bank: Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    Monday, April 6th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services Severely Undervalued

    New World Bank Review Calls for Action to Protect the Marine Environment

    Properly valuing coastal and marine ecosystem services is critical to sustainable development, according to the World Bank publication “Environment Matters 2008” launched today.
    Titled: “Valuing Coastal and Marine Ecosystem Services”, the review argues that while we […]

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    IDB and Korea Partner on Green Growth / IDB y Corea apoyarán crecimiento verde

    Monday, March 30th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Korea and IDB strengthen partnership on Green Growth
    During the 50th Annual Meeting of the IDB’s Board of Governors the IDB and the Korean government, one of the Bank’s 48 member-countries, will also sign a cooperation agreement on Green Growth to develop and promote the use of renewable energy, efficient energy […]

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    Paraná Looks at Generating Employment from Waste

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    I wish all states did this.
    The Environment Secretariat (SEMA) of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná met on Tuesday and Wednesday (17-18 March) with the environment authorities of 70 municipalities in the North and North Pioneer regions of the state, and today and tomorrow will meet with municipal officials from the rest of the state.  […]

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    Not Always Easy Exporting Ethanol

    Saturday, February 21st, 2009

    To hear some biofuel critics tell it, ethanol from sugarcane is being produced in Brazil without regard to its environmental impacts, and certification requirements in export markets such as Europe do not influence such behavior.
    Hearing of cases such as the one below gives me doubts about such charges.
    The sugar and alcohol producers in the tiny […]

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    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF:
    Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without
    Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found.
    Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus Institute of the […]

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    IFC: Financial Institutions Still Not Integrating Environment Issues Into the Investment Process

    Friday, January 30th, 2009

    From the International Finance Corporation (IFC):
    New Report Urges Financial Industry to Integrate Sustainable Investing Practices
    A new report by IFC, the United Nations Global Compact, and the Swiss government finds that although the financial industry understands the necessity of developing methodologies and tools that examine environmental issues in the investment process, it is still not standard […]

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    Trade in Used Cars in the Americas: Good for the Environment?

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    A recent working paper by two US economists looks at the environmental consequences of international trade in durable goods through data regarding trade in used cars between the United States and Mexico under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  [A tip of the hat to Rob over at Globalisation and the Environment for alerting […]

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    Paper Made from Recycled Plastic

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    According to a report from São Paulo’s Research Support Foundation (Fapesp), a synthetic “paper” made from discarded post-consumer plastics has been developed at Brazil’s Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and tested in a pilot plant of Vitopel, a manufacturer of flexible films with a factory in Votorantim, São Paulo.
    Produced as a film, the material […]

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