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    World Bank: “Climate Smart” World Possible / Banco Mundial: es posible lograr un mundo con enfoque climático inteligente / Banco Mundial: Um Mundo “Climaticamente Inteligente” É Possível

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    ‘Climate Smart’ World Within Reach, says World Bank
    Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints […]

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    Brazil Launches HCFC Elimination Program

    Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

    Brazil has just launched the Brazilian Program for the Elimination of HCFCs (PBH) to end that nation’s use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Montreal Protocol (on substitutes that deplete the ozone layer) used a refrigerants in such products as freezers and […]

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    Minas Seeks to Lead in Environmental Policy / Minas Pretende Ser Lider na Política Ambiental

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Minas Gerais is seeking to take the lead among Brazilian states in environmental protection, and they want everyone to know it!  [Look out, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and São Paulo!]  At year-end the state environment secretary José Carlos Carvalho released a report card on mineiro environment policy achievements and plans for 2009.  He […]

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    Brasil vai elaborar cenário nacional de emissões de gases de efeito estufa em 2030 / Brazil to Prepare National Scenario for Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2030

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The World Bank is funding the preparation of a national scenario for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for Brazil for the year 2030, which Brazil hopes to have ready to forward in 2009 to the secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).  The Brazilian team includes the Science and Technology […]

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    Study Suggests High Climate Change Vulnerability for Brazil’s Northern States / Relatório indica vulnerabilidade climática alta para o Norte do Brasil

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) and its largest mining company (and second largest in the world), CVRD (now just calling itself “Vale“), last week released the first of three reports on the impact of climate change on the vegetation, agriculture, biodiversity and energy generating capacity of the states […]

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    Generating Power from Sewage Treatment Stations

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    The idea has been around awhile among industry experts: find a way to capture the methane normally released from sewage treatment plants, and utilize it to generate power while cutting or eliminating the plant’s releases of a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) — and perhaps get carbon credits for doing so.  But the Sanitation Company of […]

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    Film Contest on the Social Dimensions of Climate Change

    Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

    World Bank’s Video Call for Submissions

    For more details about the contest, click here.
    From the World Bank:
    Vulnerability Exposed: Social Dimensions of Climate Change
    Micro-documentary Film Contest
    World Bank’s Social Development Department announced today the launch of a world-wide documentary competition that will highlight the social aspects of climate change as experienced and/or observed by the film-maker(s).
    Caroline Kende-Robb, Acting […]

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    Argentina and Brazil Propose HCFC Phaseout

    Tuesday, March 20th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Argentina and Brazil have submitted a joint proposal to the secretariat of the Montreal Protocol (on substances that deplete the ozone layer – ODS) calling for negotiations on phasing out use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Protocol in […]

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    LAC Attitudes About Climate Change, Revisited

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    In a recent entry I noted the surprising findings in an ACNielsen global consumer attitude survey regarding “global warming” — that Latin Americans were among the most aware and most concerned about global climate change.
    At that point all I had to go on were press reports. Ever wary about the media “getting it right” […]

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    You Know Environment Has Arrived as an Issue in Brazil…

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    …when it becomes the theme of samba school parades during Carnaval!
    All joking aside, two of São Paulo’s well-known samba schools picked environmental themes for this year’s Carnaval march. Rosas de Ouro (“Golden Roses”) picked “The Planet is Blue” (A Terra é Azul) to popularize the global warming issue.
    Their honorary grand marshal was Marcos […]

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