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  • Colombia’s Surprising New Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    Colombia has just passed a law on tobacco that is, well, surpising, given the language of the original bill and how strongly the industry lobby fought against against any amendments to toughen it.
    Among other things, the new law:

    bans sales to minors of any tobacco product, and requires vendors to check for proof of age;
    bans placement […]

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    Brazil and Uruguay Take the Lead in Implementing GHS

    Saturday, July 4th, 2009

    Yesterday Uruguay became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to implement the Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) (known in Spanish as the Sistema Globalmente Armonizado – SGA) through binding legislation.  President Tabaré Vázquez and his Council of Ministers signed Decree 307/009 on safety measures for chemical industry […]

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    Linkages Between Trade and Climate Change / Vinculos entre el comercio y el cambio climático

    Friday, June 26th, 2009

    From the World Trade Organization (WTO):
    WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change

    The world cannot continue with “business as usual” and there is a profound need for a successful conclusion to the current negotiations on both climate change and trade opening.

    The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Guatemala Celebrates Entry-into-Force of New Regulation

    Sunday, May 31st, 2009

    Guatemala’s Ministry of Public Health and Social Assistance (MSPAS), with the help of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Guatemalan nongovernmental organization Una Voz Contra el Cáncer (“A Voice Against Cancer”), observed World No Tobacco Day by celebrating the entry into force of the new implementing regulation for […]

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    ¿Un Perú Libre de Transgénicos?

    Friday, September 19th, 2008

    Desde el Ministerio de Ambiente (Minam):
    “SE DEBE EVALUAR QUE EL PERÚ SEA UN PAÍS LIBRE DE TRANSGÉNICOS”
    El Ministro de Ambiente, Antonio Brack Egg recomendó evaluar objetivamente la posibilidad de declarar al Perú como un país libre de transgénicos, a fin de garantizar la conservación de los recursos genéticos nativos y la mayor competitividad que se […]

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    Certifying Efficient Public Lighting

    Friday, August 17th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s certification entity, the National Institute for Meteorology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (Instituto Nacional de Metrologia, Normalização e Qualidade Industrial – INMETRO) recently announced that, starting in 2008, it and the mixed capital (but majority state-owned) electricity distribution company (the largest in Latin America) Eletrobrás a certification and labeling program for the […]

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    Honduras busca buenos hábitos de consumo de energía / Honduras Seeks to Changes Its Energy Consumption Habits

    Monday, July 30th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The President, together with the Secretariat of Natural Resources and the Environment (SERNA), the Secretariat of Education (SE) and National Electrical Energy Company (ENEE), of Honduras have launched a national campaign called “Learning Rational use of Electrical Energy” (AURE) to promote energy conservation and energy efficiency.
    Beyond educational efforts to change the […]

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