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    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF: Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found. Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus […]

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    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) […]

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    The Ecoclubs Movement in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Friday, January 2nd, 2009

    A couple of years back, while I was working on a series of posts for the Green Team about Dominican cities attempting to come to grips with their litter problems, I ran into some local news posts about how the mayor of La Vega attributed some of his success in cleaning up that city to […]

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    Una norma andina sobre los productos de higiene doméstica / An Andean Norm on Household and Personal Hygiene Products

    Saturday, December 20th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Trade Ministers of the Andean Community (CAN) approved a new Community norm to harmonize member states’ (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) sanitary control regimes regarding household and personal hygiene products, such as soaps, detergents, fabric softeners, surface cleansers, stain removers, bleaches, air fresheners, sanitary towels, disposable diapers, tampons, towelettes, etc. […]

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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    LAC Urged to Pursue Low-Carbon, High-Growth Path

    Saturday, December 13th, 2008

    A report released this week by the World Bank, Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change, argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) “is in a position to lead middle income countries in reducing emissions from deforestation, breaking the impasse on hydropower development, improving energy efficiency, and transforming urban transport.” In […]

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    Malaria in LAC: No Time to Relax / Paludismo en ALC: No es la hora para relajar

    Thursday, December 11th, 2008

    When the World Health Organization (WHO) released the first-ever World Malaria Report (English, Spanish, French) in September, I read through it with the intention of doing a post an update to my 2007 post on malaria in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), complete with the appropriate charts and graphs from the report that you’ve […]

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    ECLAC to Analyze Economic Impacts of Climate Change for 8 LAC Nations/ CEPAL analizará en 8 paises los impactos económicos que pueda provocar el cambio climático

    Monday, October 27th, 2008

    From the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): Concern Grows Over Impact of Climate Change on Economies in the Region Participants discussed the region’s role in addressing climate change and alternatives to mitigate its effects, among other issues. The possible imposition of trade barriers on products from the region due to […]

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    The World Bank on LAC and Climate Change / El Banco Mundial sobre ALC y el cambio climático

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    The World Bank‘s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Pamela Cox, had some interesting things to say yesterday about LAC and global climate change at the European Union (EU) – Latin American Forum organized by France.* She said that LAC is producing about 6 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and just […]

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    Los Países Andinos deciden diseñar una política regional sobre acceso universal al medicamento

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Andean Health Organism – Hipólito Unanue Convention (ORAS-CONHU) — the health cooperation agency that brings together the four Andean Community (CAN) member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru) with two former CAN members, Chile and Venezuela — has decided to formulate a regional policy guaranteeing universal access to medicines.  The policy should […]

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