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    More on Brazilian Attitudes About the Environment

    Thursday, July 12th, 2007

    Recently Seattle-based Global Market Insite (GMI) kindly shared with me the results for Brazil of this year’s edition of their World Environment Review poll. The 2007 edition polled 14 countries (Brazil was the only Latin American nation) using GMI’s online data collection platform and global consumer panels. GMI says that the survey has a representative […]

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    Colombia’s First Official Carbon Sequestration Through Reforestation Project

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Environment Ministry approved the first officially sanctioned reforestation project aimed at capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) as a clean development mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol. The project involves 15,000 hectares in the Chinchina River Basin in the department (similar to a state or province) of Caldas. The project […]

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    Probable Impact of Climate Change on Brazil

    Monday, May 21st, 2007

    The reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder in the global and regional press, but in Brazil it was the release of eight country-focussed studies coordinated by that country’s National Institute for Space Studies (INPE) that caught the public’s attention. Taken together, the eight studies — […]

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    IDB President: Renewable Energy Critical to LAC’s Development

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Future development and poverty reduction tied to gains in renewable energy, says IDB President Technological advances are making renewable energy economically feasible The countries of Latin America must increase their development of renewable energy sources and improve energy efficiency to ensure future development and the ability to meet the […]

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    New SG Tells CAN Climate Change Must be Top Andean Priority

    Friday, March 16th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Ecuadorian Freddy Ehlers Zurita only took the oath of office as the new Secretary-General (SG) of the Andean Community (CAN) three weeks ago, but he has wasted no time or opportunity to stress that he thinks that the Community must become high profile on the issue of global climate change. When he […]

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    LAC Attitudes About Climate Change, Revisited

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    In a recent entry I noted the surprising findings in an ACNielsen global consumer attitude survey regarding “global warming” — that Latin Americans were among the most aware and most concerned about global climate change. At that point all I had to go on were press reports. Ever wary about the media “getting it right” […]

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    You Know Environment Has Arrived as an Issue in Brazil…

    Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

    …when it becomes the theme of samba school parades during Carnaval! All joking aside, two of São Paulo’s well-known samba schools picked environmental themes for this year’s Carnaval march. Rosas de Ouro (“Golden Roses”) picked “The Planet is Blue” (A Terra é Azul) to popularize the global warming issue. Their honorary grand marshal was Marcos […]

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    LAC the Most Aware Public About Climate Change?

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    I’m seeing press briefs bouncing around the internet over the past 24 hours reporting that a recent ACNeilsen survey of 25,408 people in 46 nations* found that the US public is the least aware and least concerned about global climate change, whereas the public in the four Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) nations surveyed […]

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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part II

    Monday, January 1st, 2007

    In Part I, I looked at the implications for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) of the main body of analysis, discussion and policy recommendations in the Stern Review. Here in Part II, I look at the LAC-focused report commissioned by Stern as an input to the overall Review. Implications from the Back-up Report on […]

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    Sparking Creative Eco-Thinking

    Thursday, September 28th, 2006

    I ran across a news brief about this contest the other day over at Treehugger. if you’re not familiar yet with Treehugger, you should check it out. A great site on ecological issues and thought, particularly eco-design and environmentally friendly products and services. [And no, they did not pay me to say that!] General Electric […]

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