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    The World Bank on LAC and Climate Change / El Banco Mundial sobre ALC y el cambio climático

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    The World Bank‘s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Pamela Cox, had some interesting things to say yesterday about LAC and global climate change at the European Union (EU) – Latin American Forum organized by France.* She said that LAC is
    producing about 6 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and just over […]

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    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
    Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank
    Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme ”Tourism Responding […]

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    The Green Protocol

    Saturday, September 6th, 2008

    A few weeks ago a press release from Brazil’s National Development Bank (BNDES) came across my desk trumpeting its signing with the Environment Minister of an agreement on supporting sustainable development dubbed “The Green Protocol.”  I confess that I didn’t even scan it properly.  Instead I filed it away to examine later, guessing (wrongly) that […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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    Locomotives Run on Biodiesel

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    Last May the Doce River Valley Company (Companhia Vale do Rio Doce – CVRD) announced plans to use biofuels in its locomotives.  I knew that was economically significant news, since in addition to being the world's second largest mining company, CVRD is Brazil's largest logistics operator, owning three railroads — Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), […]

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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence.
    If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, increase […]

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    IDB Solicits Proposals for “Regional Public Goods” to Fund / BID solicita para propuestas promover “bienes públicos regionales”

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued its call for proposals for its fourth round of funding what it calls “regional public goods.” Every year the IDB provides up to US$10 million to finance selected proposals to support collective solutions for common or cross-border challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that can […]

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    The Odd Couple: Greenpeace and McDonald’s

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Interesting article in yesterday’s Washington Post. It describes how Greenpeace started out attacking McDonald’s for “complicity” in deforestation of the Brazilian Amazon, but ended out teaming with McD’s to pressure Cargill and Brazilian soy traders into adopting a moratorium on soy from newly deforested lands. Just the accompanying picture of Greenpeace activists and […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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    A Free Online Library of Environmental Education Videos / Filmes para Educação Ambiental Grátis na Internet

    Saturday, March 24th, 2007

    This week the Brazilian Environment Ministry (MMA) announced the creation of an online “videoteca” (video library) of environmental education videos that have been made over the years with funding from the National Environment Fund (FNMA). The videos are free for download and use for non-commercial purposes. The first tranche of 80 videos and […]

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