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    IDB Updates Its Biofuels Scorecard

    Friday, September 11th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB releases new version of Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard

    Update incorporates feedback from five regional consultations and addresses concerns regarding food security, indigenous peoples and biodiversity preservation

    The Inter-American Development Bank has released a new version of its Biofuels Sustainability Scorecard, which will enable users to better anticipate the impacts of potential biofuel […]

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    FAO: Agriculture Should be in New Climate Agreement / El nuevo acuerdo sobre el cambio climático debe incluir la agricultura

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Climate change talks should include farmers

    Agriculture in developing countries could play crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions

    FAO has urged policy makers to include agriculture in negotiations for a new climate change treaty to replace the 1997 Kyoto protocol.
    “Agricultural land is able to store and sequester carbon. Farmers […]

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    Brazil Defends Sugarcane Ethanol / Brasil defende etanol de cana-de-açúcar

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    From Brazil’s Nation Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES publishes book with unprecedented mapping of the ethanol sector
    Brazil is one of the most advanced countries in technology and productivity in all stages of the sugarcane ethanol production chain. The Brazilian experience shows that sugarcane bioethanol has become one of the most important responses to the growing need to […]

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    Research Agenda Agreed on Climate Change and Health

    Thursday, October 9th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO agreed on a research agenda on climate change and public health
    A meeting of experts convened by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Madrid agreed today to a research agenda to develop an evidence-based framework for action on the human health implications of climate change. The plan builds on a […]

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    FAO Calls for Review of the Risks & Opportunities of Biofuels / La FAO pide nueva revista de los riesgos y oportunidades de los biocombustibles

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    From the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Annual report weighs opportunities and risks of biofuels
    Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, FAO said today in a new edition of its annual flagship publication […]

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    Climate Change May Hit Andean Nations Hard

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    In early May the Andean Community (CAN) released its report on the probable impact of global climate change on its four member states (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru).
    One of the key conclusions of El Carmbio Climático no tiene fronteras (“Climate Change Does Not Have Borders”) is that by 2025 the impacts of global climate change will […]

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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence.
    If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, increase […]

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    A New System to Deal with International Public Health Threats / Un nuevo sistema para responder a las amenazas a la salud pública mundial

    Friday, June 15th, 2007

    Today is the day that the new International Health Regulations (IHR) take effect.
    If you are not closely involved with public health, you may not know what the IHR are and their importance. [Even some inexperienced public officials might know what they are, but consider them a “big yawn.’] But if you ever are […]

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    ECLAC/FAO: Bioenergy Poses Both Risks and Opportunities / CEPAL/FAO: Bioenergía Ofrece Oportunidades y Riesgos

    Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, known in Spanish as CEPAL) have just released a joint “study” (actually more of a short analysis with recommendations) on the potential impacts of bioenergy production on food security for consideration by the FAO’s Committee […]

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    A Sustainable Biofuels Policy for Chile?

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    I scribbled some notes on this story when the report was first released in late January. But when I could not get back to finishing and publishing it right away, I thought about just dropping it because I half-expected President Bachelet to act on it quickly. Instead she appears to be holding off, […]

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