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    Future Environmental Challenges for Mexico and its North American Partners

    Tuesday, June 10th, 2008

    Whether or not you perceive it as a good thing, Mexico long ago decided to link its environmental policymaking to that of its two partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Canada and the United States. The main vehicle for their collaboration is the Montreal-based North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC). […]

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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough […]

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    Software to Calculate Gains from Recycling / Software para calcular los beneficios de reciclar

    Thursday, September 20th, 2007

    Municipalities have been known to spend thousands of dollars to consultants to provide them with an assessment of the economic and environmental viability of creating and implementing a municipal recycling program.  Now several Brazilian professors have created a software package that they claim will do all that with just a few clicks of a computer […]

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    The Real Significance of the OAS Declaration of Panama on Energy

    Friday, June 22nd, 2007

    Let’s Keep It in Perspective
    If you read about it in Biopact, you could be forgiven for coming away with the impression that the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Panama Declaration on Energy for Sustainable Development (English, Spanish, Portuguese) focussed mostly on biofuels. (It didn’t.) If you read some of the region’s traditional media […]

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    More Sections Added to The Reading List

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

    As promised (albeit a couple of days later than planned!), more sections have now been added to the Temas Recommended Reading List:
    Consumer Protection
    Environmental Governance
    Environmental Law
    Hazardous Substances
    Industry
    I have also added new entries to the sections on Climate Change and Energy.
    Coming in the next couple of days will be the remaining sections: Health Policy, Mining, Transport, Urban […]

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    Announcing the Temas Reading List

    Friday, May 11th, 2007

    Foreword
    From time to time here on The Temas Blog, I have referred to books, studies, etc. having been added to the Temas Recommended Reading List. Perhaps a few of you even sought out the link for this list in the “Temas Tools” section on the righthand column, or even went looking on the main […]

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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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    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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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part I

    Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking: the Stern Review — the analysis of the economic costs/benefits of coming to grips with global climate change that was commissioned by the UK Government and coordinated by the head of the Government Economic Service (and ex-Chief Economist at the World Bank) Sir Nicholas Stern — has been out […]

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