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    A Computer Waste Bill for Rio Grande do Sul

    Friday, October 2nd, 2009

    A bill on information technology (IT) waste has been introduced in the state legislative of the southern Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul (RS) that is similar to a law adopted in 2008 by its neighbor, Paraná.
    The bill would require producers, distributors and vendors of “informatic equipment” to create and maintain programs for [...]

    IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets

    Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...]

    IEA Proposes Ways to Decarbonize Power & Cut Energy Intensity in Industry

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
    IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power
    “In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...]

    World Bank: Climate Change Adaptation Could Cost $75-100 bn/yr / Banco Mundial: la adaptación al cambio climático costará US$75.000-100.000 millones al año

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    From the  World Bank:
    Adapting to Climate Change to Cost US$75-100 Billion a year

    New global estimate for cost of adaptation to climate change in developing countries

    The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in [...]

    A WEEE Bill for Amazonas

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    This week Amazonas (AM) became the latest state in which a bill on  “technological trash” (lixo tecnologico or e-lixo) – the Brazilians nickname for what is known elsewhere as WEEE or e-waste — has been introduced. Unlike bills recently introduced in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, which are based primarily on a Law on [...]

    A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
    A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    Support for an Agreement on REDD

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    It’s interesting to see the high-level support expressed at the Summit on Climate Change by the Latin American nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana for an internationally-agreed mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the post-2012 climate change accord to be negotiated later this year in Copenhagen.  However, conspicuous by their [...]

    New Facility to Insure Renewable Energy Projects in Developing Countries

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Innovative Renewable Energy Insurance Facility Introduced to Cover Risks in Developing Countries
    RSA Insurance Group (RSA), and CarbonRe, with support from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), have launched an innovative mechanism for insuring renewable energy projects in developing countries. The global renewable energy insurance [...]

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