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  • The 7th Round of REEEP Projects and LAC

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) recently announced that in its seventh funding round it will fund 49 new clean energy projects in 25 countries, including 12 involving nations in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    REEEP is “an active, global public-private partnership that structures policy and regulatory initiatives for clean energy, and facilitates financing for energy […]

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    Electricity from Chicken Poop

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Usually you hear of biodigestors being employed in farms raising cows or pigs. But one farm in Brazil is working to adapt the technology for poultry farming.
    Raimundo Alves Ferreira runs a poultry farm in Tocantins state about 477 kilometers from the state capital, Palmas, that handles 42,000 birds every 60 days.  Raimundo first became […]

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    Paraná Promotes Energy from Biodigestors

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    If you’ve been reading The Temas Blog for awhile, you might recall a prior post about an idea promoted by the hydropower firm Itaipu Binacional (IB) to create a network of farm-based biodigestors across MERCOSUR (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay) that would generate electricity to power electric vehicles (built at facilities by the Itapu Dam) used […]

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    Mexico Plans to Cut 12 Mil. mT of Methane Emissions Per Year

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    During the just-concluded 2009 meeting of the international partners of the US’ “Methane to Markets” Partnership Program (MSM) in Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico’s Environment Minister, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, declared that his country has identified 42 methane mitigation projects that should reduce Mexico’s CH4 emissions by 12 million metric tons (mT) carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) […]

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    Farm Animal Production and Climate Change

    Monday, June 23rd, 2008

    The May issue of Environmental Health Perspectives, the peer-reviewed monthly research journal of the US National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), featured an article* on the contribution of farm animal production to climate change. Although the article does not focus just on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), given the importance of farm […]

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    Amazonas “Visionary” on Climate Change?

    Friday, September 7th, 2007

    In June Amazonas became the first Brazilian state to adopt a state law on climate change, together with one creating a State System of Conservation Units (UCs). The laws were widely praised by nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working on environment and conservation issues. A Greenpeace spokesman even declared them to be “almost visionary, but […]

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    A MERCOSUR Car Run on Biogas and Electricity?

    Wednesday, July 11th, 2007

    I’ve been holding this one back since I wrote it soon after the car was shown at a rural producers’ expo in southern Brazil in February. I thought it’d make a good “filler” whenever LAC health/environment got slow. But that day never seems to come, so I’ve decided to release it from the […]

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