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    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as […]

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    Climate Change Adaptation Costs May Be Very Underestimated

    Friday, August 28th, 2009

    From the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED):
    Costs of adapting to climate change significantly under-estimated

    UN climate negotiations should aim for substantially more funding

    Scientists led by a former co-chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change will warn today that the UN negotiations aimed at tackling climate change are based on substantial underestimates of […]

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    Ecological Cities as Economic Cities

    Saturday, June 27th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    New Urban Development Program to Promote Ecologically Sustainable and Economically Viable Cities
    The World Bank today launched a new urban development program that supports cities in developing countries in their move towards greater ecological and economic sustainability.
    Called Eco² Cities – Ecological Cities as Economic Cities, the program recognizes that successful cities create […]

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    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and […]

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    Jamaica Opts for Biofuels

    Thursday, March 12th, 2009

    From the Ministry of Energy:
    JAMAICA MOVES TO DEVELOP BIOFUELS INDUSTRY
    Coming on the heels of the successful implementation of E10, the Ministry of Energy is moving to introduce a blend of motorgrade diesel fuel from locally grown plants such as castor beans and jatropha. This is the word from Energy Minister, Clive Mullings who was speaking […]

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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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    A Unique Environmental Institution

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

    Right now, until 05 February, environmental groups across Brazil are electing their representatives on the National Environment Council (Conselho Nacional do Meio Ambiente – CONAMA).
    The more than 500 environment nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the Environment Ministry’s (MMA) National Registry of Environmental Entities (Cadastro Nacional de Entidades Ambientalistas – CNEA) are voting for which individuals will […]

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    WHO Approves Work Plan on Climate Change and Health

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Executive Board (EB) at its session in Geneva last week approved the WHO Secretariat’s proposed work plan on climate change and health.  The basic elements of the work plan are:
    Awareness Raising

    Develop tools, guidance, information and training packages to support awareness and advocacy campaigns to protect health from climate change at […]

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    Brazil’s Energy Plans: Any More Sustainable Than Before?

    Friday, January 23rd, 2009

    Brazil’s Ministry of Energy and Mines (MME) has put out for public comment the draft plans for energy through 2017.  You can download its components here.  Comments can be sent to the Ministry at pde2017@mme.gov.br until 28 February.  I’ve quickly looked the documents over, and my initial reaction is that there has not been a […]

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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rio de Janeiro State

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    In its recent report on activities and issues it confronted in 2008, the environment secretariat (SEA) of Rio de Janeiro state (RJ) included a summary graphic from the so-to-be-released state greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that I though I’d share with you here:

    By sources, the biggest GHG emitter in RJ is industry at 33.8%, followed by […]

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