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    Brazil a Leader in Green IT?

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    I ran across this interesting “green IT” study released last month by IBM and the Info-Tech Research Group during the course of my work on a chapter on power management issues for a forthcoming book on green IT (information technology).  Info-tech surveyed more than 1,000 IT executives at companies with 100-1,000 employees in 12 nations […]

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    Now Renewables Have Their Own International Agency

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running.  The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]

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    Trade and Climate Change

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    One aspect of the public debate over possible policy responses to global climate change that has been largely missing is the role that international trade measures — and how they are treated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) — will aid or hinder policymaking about climate change.  Small wonder, since the possible interactions between trade […]

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    LAC Meeting on Norm for Energy Management

    Thursday, August 21st, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Last February (while The Temas Blog was on hiatus) the International Standards Organization (ISO) decided to create a new project committee (PC 242 – Energy Management) to develop a new ISO management standard — already designated ISO 50001 — on energy management. The standard will aim at a certifiable approach to […]

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    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some […]

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    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America:
    CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala
    Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala
    Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more than 3,000 people […]

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    PAHO Throws Down the Gauntlet on Trans-Fats

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    Temas Note: Although the task force report mentioned in these Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) press releases was actually approved several weeks ago, it was not formally released to the general public until today (07 June). Rather than release it quietly and let it be approved without much public discussion (outside of PAHO and […]

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    PAHO Calls for a “Trans Fat Free Americas”

    Saturday, April 28th, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    Nutrition Experts Call for “Trans Fat Free Americas”
    PAHO task force cites scientific evidence that transfatty acids are “toxic” to human health
    Experts on nutrition and public health today called for eliminating transfatty acids from food supplies throughout the Western Hemisphere, at a special task force meeting convened by the Pan […]

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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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    LAC Fares Well in Climate Change Performance Index

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

    The Climate Action Network – Europe (CAN-Europe) and the German environment research organization, Germanwatch, have just released the 2007 version of their Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) at the meeting currently underway in Nairobi of the Contracting Parties (CPs) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. Germanwatch […]

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