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  • Brazil Invests in International Research Cooperation on Second Generation Biofuels

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    Brazil will invest R$11.6 million (about US$ million at current exchange rates) in international research cooperation regarding second-generation biofuels with the 27 member states and the many associate states of the European Union (EU).  A request for proposals from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) calls for projects that develop new production […]

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    Paper Made from Recycled Plastic

    Friday, January 16th, 2009

    According to a report from São Paulo’s Research Support Foundation (Fapesp), a synthetic “paper” made from discarded post-consumer plastics has been developed at Brazil’s Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCar) and tested in a pilot plant of Vitopel, a manufacturer of flexible films with a factory in Votorantim, São Paulo.
    Produced as a film, the material […]

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    São Paulo Launches Ambitious Research Program on Climate Change / São Paulo Lança Programa de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    The São Paulo State Research Foundation (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP) has launched its own R$100 million, 10-year research program on climate change.  The new Research Program on Global Climate Change (Programa FAPESP de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas Globais – PFPMCG) will have three main components:

    an “observational component” […]

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    São Paulo’s New Bioenergy Research Program

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The state Research Foundation of São Paulo (Fapesp) has just launched a special program Research on Bioenergy (Bioen) that aims at marshalling the state’s considerable public and private R&D resources to adavance and apply all knowledge linked to ethanol production. São Paulo leads Brazil in ethanol production, and Brazil rivals the […]

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    “Eco-Sustainable” Packaging Made from Yucca

    Sunday, October 21st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s National Economic and Social Development Bank (BNDES) has announced that it will back a local firm that produces biodegradable packaging and products made from yucca (otherwise known as manioc or cassava, depending on where you are). BNDES will provide R$2.3 million in the form of fixed-income financing (bond) in CBPAK […]

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    In Ethanol, as São Paulo Goes, So Goes Brazil?

    Thursday, May 10th, 2007

    The Governor of São Paulo State (SP), José Serra, recently announced the creation of a high-profile “Special Bioenergy Commission” to map out where the State goes in the production of “clean and renewable energy” in coming years. Within six months (i.e., before the end of October) the Commission is provide the Governor with an […]

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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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