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    World Bank: Climate Change Adaptation Could Cost $75-100 bn/yr / Banco Mundial: la adaptación al cambio climático costará US$75.000-100.000 millones al año

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    From the  World Bank:
    Adapting to Climate Change to Cost US$75-100 Billion a year

    New global estimate for cost of adaptation to climate change in developing countries

    The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in [...]

    Improving State-Level Environmental Governance in Brazil / Melhorar Gestão Ambiental Estadual no Brasil

    Friday, September 25th, 2009

    Temas Observation: Note how this loan/project is being marketed. The headline trumpets “green growth” when in reality the program is more about strengthening environmental governance/institutions, arguably not as sexy a topic. The Bank argues that this is about ensuring economic growth is as green as possible through good regulation by competent, properly-equipped environmental [...]

    A New Twist to Recyclables for Electricity Programs

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    I’ve posted in the past about innovative Brazilian programs in the states of Ceará (CE), Mato Grosso (MT) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ) to get people to turn in recyclables in exchange for getting a reduction in their monthly electric power bill.  One of the programs I liked was Consciência EcoAmpla, run by Endesa‘s subsidiary [...]

    Oxfam Argues for New Global Climate Adaptation Fund / Oxfam aboga por un nuevo fondo mundial para adaptación al cambio climático

    Sunday, September 20th, 2009

    From Oxfam International:
    Rich countries must not raid aid to pay climate debt

    A new Oxfam report has today warned that at least 4.5 million children could die unless world leaders deliver additional funds to help poor countries fight the growing impact of climate change, rather than diverting it from existing aid promises.

    The warning comes as world [...]

    Uruguay Closer to Plastic Bag Law

    Saturday, September 19th, 2009

    This week Uruguay came one step closer to restricting the use of plastic carry bags in the nation’s retail establishments.
    On the 17th the Chamber of Deputies approved a law that would require all supermarkets, hypermarkets, shopping centers, markets and stores in general to only use carry bags for their merchandise that is either degradable, biodegradable [...]

    Rio Adopts Law on Used Oil and Motor Oil Filters

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    The governor of Rio de Janeiro (RJ) state today signed a law regarding the final disposition of used lubricating oils and their filters.  The new law, rather short and simple, does four things:

    limits the sale of lubricating oils to those establishments equipped with “an adequate area” and “necessary specific equipment” for the collection of used [...]

    Chile to Ratify the London Dumping Protocol

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    President Bachelet has sent the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention on Dumping to the Chilean Congress for ratification, and initial indications are that both houses view ratification favorably.  If they do so, it will change Chilean law on disposing of wastes at sea and make Chile only the sixth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) [...]

    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 [...]

    World Bank: “Climate Smart” World Possible / Banco Mundial: es posible lograr un mundo con enfoque climático inteligente / Banco Mundial: Um Mundo “Climaticamente Inteligente” É Possível

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    ‘Climate Smart’ World Within Reach, says World Bank
    Developing countries can shift to lower-carbon paths while promoting development and reducing poverty, but this depends on financial and technical assistance from high-income countries, says a new World Bank report released today. High-income countries also need to act quickly to reduce their carbon footprints [...]

    Estimating the Cost of Climate Risks for Developing Countries

    Monday, September 14th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Climate Change Risks could cost Developing countries up to 19% of GDP by 2030

    Report says action on climate adaptation may significantly reduce losses and increase economic sustainability.

    A report from the Economics of Climate Adaptation Working Group released today indicates that climate risks could cost nations up to 19% of their [...]

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