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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 […]

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    Inequities in Water and Sanitation Services in Argentina

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Not too long ago an Argentine think tank, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento – CIPPEC), released a report* analyzing the provision of potable water and sanitation services within Argentina.  The CIPPEC analysis demonstrates, to my mind, […]

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    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press release […]

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    The Distribution of Cancer in Argentina

    Monday, August 13th, 2007

    When you read my post last week about colon cancer rates rising in Buenos Aires Province (PBA), did you wonder what the rates are for other types of cancer in the rest of Argentina?  I did (but then, I am curious like that).  So I went hunting for the information. It appears that most Argentine […]

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    Colon Cancer Rates Rising in Buenos Aires Province?

    Monday, August 6th, 2007

    In a recent article in La Nacion, the Cancer Registry of Argentina's most populous province, Buenos Aires (PBA), reported that colon cancer rates appear to be rising for reasons unknown.  13% of the cancer cases registered in PBA involve colon cancer, an incidence rate of about 37.4 per 1,000 inhabitants every year.  If the trend […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with ideas […]

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    LAC Cities, C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative

    Monday, June 11th, 2007

    If you track climate change news items in the mainstream media, or if like me you’re a fan of EcoIron, Green Options or The Coffee House, you probably have already heard of last month’s climate change conference in New York City hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation, the climate coalition of 40 of the […]

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    Zero Waste in Buenos Aires?

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    I know several people in the global “Zero Waste” movement who are excited by what’s happening these days in Buenos Aires. Yes, you heard correctly. Buenos Aires. The Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA), these folks tell me, is the largest city in the world so far to have adopted a “zero waste” law.

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    Overview of Consumer Authorities in LAC

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    Classifying the National Entities Putting aside for the moment the complex and unique Brazilian system (discussed below), are there distinctive ways LAC nations organize who is charge of setting consumer protection policy and defending consumer interests? I have yet to see anyone else suggest a typology for consumer entities (in LAC or elsewhere), so here’s […]

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