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    Protecting Andean High Plateaus from Mining

    Friday, March 13th, 2009

    Should mining be banned from, or severely restricted in, the Andean high plateaus?
    Most national environment agencies, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), scientists and academic experts in the Andean Community (CAN) nations (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) seem to think so.  They argue that without strong restrictions and supervision, mining in the highlands may seriously harm the role the plateaus play in […]

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    Recovering Used Oil in Colombia

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, lauded an industry initiative in that country to collect and environmentally manage used motor oil and lubricants known as the Used Oil Fund (Fondo de Aceites Usados – FAU).  “This process is progressing successfully, ” declared Lozano, “because the trend now is, without a doubt, business strengthening that […]

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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    ¿Se recupera el aire bogotano? / Is Bogotá’s Air Recovering?

    Friday, November 28th, 2008

    Bogotá’s environment authority, SDA, just issued a release declaring that the city’s air is getting better.  Their evidence that is so?  First, that the sulfur content in diesel fuel sold in the capital has fallen from 500 parts per million (ppm) this past July to 231 ppm in October.  They attribute the drop to the […]

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    Diabetes: La OPS insta a luchar contra la obesidad y la malnutrición

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: 14 November was World Diabetes Day.  The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) used the occasion to renew its call on the nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to step up the fight against obesity and malnutrition, with particular attention on infants and children.  The key is a healthier diet (less […]

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    OPS prevé aumento de 150% en casos de diabetes en las Américas / Diabetes cases may increase 150% in the Americas

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: 14 November is World Diabetes Day, and the news coming out of the annual meeting of the Pan American Health Organization’s (PAHO) top body suggests that every country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) should observe it seriously and soberly.  PAHO says that obesity and diabetes in the Americas is reaching […]

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    Update: Colombian Eco-Authorities Now Have Sharp Teeth?

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Last year I did a post about Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, calling upon that country’s Senate to finally give environmental authorities “teeth” — a true, tough environmental sanctions regime. Proposals for such a law had been before the national legislature for years (Lozano says it’s been decades).
    A few weeks ago the […]

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    Finding Eco-Diagnoses for LAC

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    In a prior post on the Temas library of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) legal texts for download, I promised to highlight other changes and additions to the updated site.
    The biggest addition to the site has been the Temas Tools Section, a collection of references and tools that help in understanding, shaping and managing policy […]

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    Time to Turn in Your Old Refrigerators, Bogotá

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: One of the downsides of being so long away from regular blogging is the tremendous backlog of things I wish to cover. This is one — the good news that at the end of April, Colombia launched the pilot phase in Bogotá of a program to encourage consumers to voluntarily turn in […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day 2008 in LAC: PAHO Honors Those Making a Difference

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    World No Tobacco Day 2008 Observed with Awards in the Americas
    World No Tobacco Day is being observed May 31 with a focus on tobacco marketing, and awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to tobacco control.
    The World Health Organization (WHO) is urging governments to protect the world’s 1.8 billion young […]

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