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    Brazil Preparing New National Wind Atlas

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    Agência Brasil reports that Eletrobrás‘ Energy Research Center (Centro de Pesquisas de Energia – Cepel) is preparing a new national wind atlas for release in late 2010.  Researchers feel that the existing wind atlas, prepared in 2001, may have greatly underestimated Brazil’s potential for electricity generation through wind.  At that time, the potential was estimated [...]

    BNDES Finances Stem Cell Research Centers / BNDES apoia a centros de pesquisa com células-tronco

    Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES approves R$ 6.6 million in financing to stem-cell research centers
    The Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES) approved financial support in the amount of R$ 6.6 million to two projects related to the Brazilian Network for Cell Therapy. The non-reimbursable funding is from the BNDES Technology Fund (BNDES Funtec) and will be [...]

    Se crean red centroamericana para impulsar la biotecnología

    Saturday, September 12th, 2009

    Desde el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID):
    BID crea red de centros de desarrollo tecnológico en Centroamérica y República Dominicana para impulsar la biotecnología
    El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo facilitará la creación de una Red de Centros de Desarrollo Tecnológico para Centroamérica como parte de una estrategia regional que busca definir políticas, atraer inversiones, y crear incentivos [...]

    ANVISA Proposes Ban on Endosulfan, Partial Ban on Acephate

    Friday, September 4th, 2009

    Following up on its review of 12 pesticides banned or severely restricted in other nations, Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) is proposing a ban on the use in that country of the active ingredient endosulfan in pesticides used in growing cotton, cocoa, coffee, sugarcane and soybeans.   The proposal, released for public comment today, also [...]

    Espirito Santo’s Wind Atlas Finally Online

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    Back in June the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo (ES) unveiled its “atlas” of maps of wind power potential in that state, and urged investors to work with the state to set up wind farms.  At the time, I promised Temas Blog readers that once the ES government set up a permanent website locale for [...]

    Brazil’s PAC for Sanitation

    Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

    When Brazil’s multifaceted Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) was announced in 2007, it included a segment earmarked for improving infrastructure in provision of drinking water and sanitation services.
    Today the head of the Civil House, Dilma Rousseff, and the Minister of Cities, Márcio Fortes, announced a list of 109 projects [...]

    Brazil Needs to Retool its Energy Efficiency Efforts in Industry

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    The focus of action of Brazilian government initiatives regarding energy efficiency in industry needs to be adjusted, and if done properly, could result in annual savings as high as R$6.8 billion per year.
    This is one of the conclusions of the report Energy Efficiency in Industry: What Has Been Done in Brazil, Opportunities to Reduce Costs [...]

    A Green IT Law for Brazil?

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Yesterday the Environment Committee and Consumer Protection (CMA) of the Brazilian Senate discussed a draft committee opinion on a green IT bill just introduced last May.  The committee rapporteur for Senate bill (PLS) 173/2009 recommended its approval. The CMA decided to hold a hearing on the bill before deciding on the draft opinion, with invitations [...]

    CO2 Emissions Increase from Brazilian Industry and Transport

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    The Environment Ministry (MMA) is considering further measures to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from industry and the energy sector. Estimates released today by Environment Minister Carlos Minc shows that industry and power generation and consumption are increasing their share of Brazil’s total GHG emissions.
    The new estimates suggest that Brazil is moving towards an emission [...]

    Brazil Bans Electronic Cigarettes

    Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

    It looks like Brazilian authorities have concluded that the World Health Organization (WHO) is right about this product and its promotion.
    The National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (ANVISA) just announced a ban on the trade within, and import into, Brazil of  electronic smoking devices, sometimes called e-cigarettes, e-ciggy and e-cigar, among other monikers.  The ban particularly targets [...]

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