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      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 [...]

      Brazil to Build Tobacco Testing Lab for Latin America / Brasil vai construir laboratório

      Monday, September 21st, 2009

      Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) announced today that in 2010 it will construct a Control Laboratory for Tobacco-Derived Products on Ilha do Fundão, the artifical island home to “University City” and the Federal University of RJ (UFRJ) in the metropolis of Rio de Janeiro.
      The R$8 million Laboratory will be the reference center for Latin [...]

      IDB to Join Fight on Neglected Infectious Diseases / El BID combatirá las enfermedades tropicales desatendidas / O BID vai combater as doenças infecciosas negligenciadas

      Friday, September 4th, 2009

      From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
      IDB plans major effort to fight neglected infectious diseases in Latin America and the Caribbean

      Bank to create grant facility to support health measures to control and eliminate diseases such as dengue and Chagas

      The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB)—together with the Pan American Health Organization and the Global Network for Neglected Tropical [...]

      What the Other Guy Blogs About: EPR for WEEE in LAC

      Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

      There’s an interesting post worth reading in the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (CDA) arguing that the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) may be applicable to electronics waste (e-waste, e-scrap or WEEE) in Latin America.  The author, the CDA’s Kreuza Alarcón, is part of the team producing a report on [...]

      Trends in Clean Energy Investment

      Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

      From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
      Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

      However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
      Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

      $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and [...]

      Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in LAC

      Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

      I am in New York attending the Seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17). This Session is focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As is the case with the opening day of most such international fora, today all too many opening [...]

      OMS: tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol son principales amenazas para la salud humana

      Saturday, February 28th, 2009

      Desde la Organización Panamericana de la Salud (OPS):
      Tabaco, mala alimentación, inactividad y uso de alcohol: principales amenazas para la salud humana

      Expertos enfatizan necesidad de una mejor coordinación para maximizar los alcances en salud

      La modificación de cuatro principales factores conductuales de riesgo -consumo de tabaco, dieta malsana, inactividad física y consumo nocivo de alcohol- podría prevenir [...]

      Gates Foundation to Fund Fight Against “Neglected” Diseases / Fundación Gates dona millones para combatir enfermedades “olvidadas”

      Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

      From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
      Gates Foundation Grant Will Boost Fight against “Neglected” Diseases

      New Funds Announced at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland

      Efforts to prevent, control and eliminate “forgotten” tropical and other infectious diseases in the Americas received a new stimulus with the announcement of a $34 million grant by the Bill & [...]

      The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

      Friday, January 2nd, 2009

      A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to [...]

      LAC Urged to Pursue Low-Carbon, High-Growth Path

      Saturday, December 13th, 2008

      A report released this week by the World Bank, Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change, argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) “is in a position to lead middle income countries in reducing emissions from deforestation, breaking the impasse on hydropower development, improving energy efficiency, and transforming urban transport.”
      In presenting [...]

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