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    IDB Support for Colombia’s Climate Change Work / BID apoya esfuerzos de Colombia sobre el cambio climático

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports Colombia’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help reduce vulnerability to climate change and take advantage of emerging carbon markets

    Colombia will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes reducing vulnerability and strengthening climate-related institutions, as part of a financial package approved yesterday by the Inter-American [...]

    World Bank: “Climate Smart” World Possible / Banco Mundial: es posible lograr un mundo con enfoque climático inteligente / Banco Mundial: Um Mundo “Climaticamente Inteligente” É Possível

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    ‘Climate Smart’ World Within Reach, says World Bank
    Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints [...]

    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) [...]

    Mexico City’s Sustainable Housing Units Program

    Thursday, January 15th, 2009

    Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — essentially Mexico City and its environs, where a large percentage of Mexico’s population resides — has launched a Sustainable Housing Units Program.  The program will finance the installation of solar water heaters in housing, not only to reduce residential electricity and gas consumption (and thus homeowner’s utility bills by as [...]

    World Tourism Day Event in Lima Tackles Climate Change / Evento del Día Mundial del Turismo afronta el reto del cambio climático

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    From the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO):
    Tourism will Grow Smartly – World Tourism Day 2008 Think Tank
    Tourism growth must be pursued with increasing emphasis on ethics, local community involvement as well as reducing carbon emissions systematically. This is the main conclusion of this year’s World Tourism Day (WTD) Think Tank held on the theme ”Tourism Responding [...]

    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 [...]

    Estimating Climate Change’s Probable Economic Impacts on Central America

    Monday, June 2nd, 2008

    Temas Note: Check this post for a discussion of an earlier attempt at analyzing the economic impacts of global climate change for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that served as the regional input to the Stern Review.
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    From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America & the Caribbean (ECLAC):
    Study On the Economics of Climate Change [...]

    Carbon Credits for Light Bulbs

    Monday, October 1st, 2007

    Synopsis in English:  Chile is providing energy-efficient lightbulbs to the 40% of its households with low income, and is paying for the program with about US$1.4 million in carbon credits.  The carbon bonds for the Allowance Program for Lightbulb Change (PSRA) will be placed with the help of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), which plans [...]

    Groundbreaking Project of Carbon Credits for Avoided Deforestation

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Environment Ministry signed an agreement with the World Bank for the first project in Colombia, and one of the first in the world, involving the sale of carbon credits for “reduction of emissions from deforestation” (i.e., “avoided deforestation”).
    The project involves some 1,410 hectares in San Nicolás Valley in [...]

    Colombia Seeking Clinton Help in Negotiating Diesel Imports

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, has announced that he has requested Clinton Foundation help in negotiating terms for the importation of high-quality diesel. Lozano considers getting as much best-quality diesel (low sulphur) at the best possible price as soon as possible a key to improving air quality in the national [...]

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