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  • What the Other Guy Blogs About: EPR for WEEE in LAC

    Tuesday, September 1st, 2009

    There’s an interesting post worth reading in the blog of the University of Chile’s Environmental Law Center (CDA) arguing that the principle of extended producer responsibility (EPR) may be applicable to electronics waste (e-waste, e-scrap or WEEE) in Latin America.  The author, the CDA’s Kreuza Alarcón, is part of the team producing a report on […]

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    Update: Colombian Government Finally Gets Its Eco-Teeth

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

    Nearly a year ago I posted about the environmental sanctions law approved by Colombia’s congress.  What I didn’t know at the time of posting was that a week later the Executive Branch would raise formal objections to the law — essentially an attempt at a line-item veto. The Senate and Chamber of Deputies refused in […]

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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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    Judges Agree: LAC Bench Needs Jurists Better Prepared for Environment Cases

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    The Fifth World Forum of Judges just concluded against the backdrop of the annual World Social Forum (WSF) in Belem, Brazil.  Since the site of this year’s WSF, Belem, sits at the mouth of the Amazon River, the Judges Forum prominently featured sessions on the role of the bench in protecting the Amazon.
    The Judges Forum […]

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    Update: Colombian Eco-Authorities Now Have Sharp Teeth?

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Last year I did a post about Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, calling upon that country’s Senate to finally give environmental authorities “teeth” — a true, tough environmental sanctions regime. Proposals for such a law had been before the national legislature for years (Lozano says it’s been decades).
    A few weeks ago the […]

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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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    Welcome to the Temas Blog / Bienvenido al Blog de Temas / Bem-vindo ao Blog de Temas

    Saturday, August 26th, 2006

    Welcome to the Temas Blog!
    My name is Keith Ripley. I am launching this blog for the same basic reason I originally launched my website, temasactuales.com — because I couldn’t find anything like it on the web.
    This blog will be devoted to a discussion of evolving law and policy on consumer protection, environmental protection and public […]

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