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  • Recycling Used Motor Oil Packaging in Brazil

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    In past posts I’ve discussed how recovery of used motor oil is still in its early stages in Latin American nations such as Brazil and Colombia.  But that’s only part of the waste problem generated by the lubricants we use in motor vehicles.  There’s also the packaging that the new motor oil comes in, the […]

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    New Cigarette Health Warnings/Images in Chile

    Wednesday, October 1st, 2008

    A couple of weeks back Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) announced a new warning that, according to a new decree just published in the official gazette, all cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must bear starting on 16 November.
    Chile, it appears, has decided to forgo the shock treatment approach that Brazil and Uruguay have adopted.  […]

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    New Tough Pack Images for Cigarettes in Uruguay

    Saturday, September 20th, 2008

    At the end of August the Public Health Ministry (MSP) of Uruguay ordered five new images and accompanying text which must be placed on packaging of cigarettes.  The image must occupy 50% of one of the two main faces of the pack, the accompanying text, 50% of the other main face.  Manufacturers of cigarettes must […]

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    The Disease Burden Associated with Water, Sanitation and Hygiene

    Tuesday, July 22nd, 2008

    Last month the World Health Organization (WHO) released, without much fanfare, Safer Water, Better Health, its estimate of how many deaths or how much “disease burden” can be attributed to deficiencies in water, sanitation and hygiene (WSH).
    Access to safe drinking water and proper sanitation is key to improving health conditions in developing countries. Water-related diseases […]

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    Another Historic Court Judgment Against Officials Not Doing Their Job

    Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

    Yesterday (31 May), it seems, was a banner day for court judgments taking LAC executive branch officials to task for not doing their job in enforcing environment laws. First the Brazilian case finding that federal environment officials must share in the environmental damage reparation costs and compensation for coal mining pollution they did not […]

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    Is Meeting the MDGs for Water & Sanitation Good Enough?

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    This month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a progress report on meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they apply to access to “improved” water and sanitation, using data collected by the WHO/UNICEF joint Monitoring Programme (JMP).
    As the WHO report I recently reviewed on the linkage between environmental conditions and health underlined, […]

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