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    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 […]

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    Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambiente

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
    The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]

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    US$330 to Improve Environmental Management in Peru / US$330 para mejorar gestion ambiental en el Peru

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$330 Million to Support the Environment

    Program components include environmental management, mining, biodiversity, urban transport and fisheries

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$330 loan million to Peru to strengthen the new Ministry of the Environment and improve environmental management in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, including mining, urban […]

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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    ¿Se recupera el aire bogotano? / Is Bogotá’s Air Recovering?

    Friday, November 28th, 2008

    Bogotá’s environment authority, SDA, just issued a release declaring that the city’s air is getting better.  Their evidence that is so?  First, that the sulfur content in diesel fuel sold in the capital has fallen from 500 parts per million (ppm) this past July to 231 ppm in October.  They attribute the drop to the […]

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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Valley of Mexico

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Earlier this year the City of Mexico released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2006 in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico (Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México – ZMVM) to accompany its new plan of action on climate change (something I’ll cover separately in a forthcoming blog entry).   I found […]

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    LAC Could Save US$36 bn Via Energy Efficiency / ALC podrían ahorrar US$36mil millones con eficiencia energética

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Latin America and the Caribbean could save US$36 billion through energy efficiency investments by 2018
    New IDB report compares energy consumption, fuel and electricity prices; claims efficiency could be region’s largest untapped source of energy
    Latin American and Caribbean countries could save an estimated US$36 billion over the next decade by adopting […]

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    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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    Building a National Network to Prepare for Chemical Accidents

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: After the bad accident at Cataguases that polluted 16 municipalities in three states, the Brazilian government finally got serious about getting the country better prepared for emergencies involving accidental releases of hazardous substances. The President adopted a decree in 2004 that led to the creation of the National Plan for the […]

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    PAC’ing Brazil III: Energy, Petrochemicals and Biofuels

    Saturday, March 3rd, 2007

    In Part I, I provided an overview of what the Program for Accelerated Growth (Programa de Aceleração do Crescimento – PAC) proposed by President Lula is and why it matters to the issues I discuss in The Temas Blog. I also discussed its most direct impact on environment policy, the proposed changes in environmental […]

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