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  • More LAC Nations Covered by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Temas Note: When the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was first officially announced by the World Bank a few months ago, only five Latin American nations (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama) were to participate. Because of strong interest in the Facility, it has been decided recently to expand its developing country participants, and as […]

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    Five LAC Nations Picked for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post on the growing list of international carbon finance sources available to nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I mentioned the new Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently created by the World Bank designed to combat deforestation and climate change at the same time. The Facility essentially will help […]

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    Cancer Agency: Smoke-Free Policies Work

    Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008

    From the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC):
    SMOKE-FREE POLICIES EFFECTIVE, SAYS INTERNATIONAL AGENCY FOR RESEARCH ON CANCER
    Smoke-free policies reduce the exposure of both adults and children, reduce the prevalence of smoking in adults and reduce the risk of heart disease related to smoke exposure. A resulting reduction in the lung cancer burden may well […]

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    Motorola Launches Cell Phone Take-Back Program in Latin America

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Motorola has announced that it is extending its take-back program to Latin America. Under the program, all Authorized Motorola Service locations in each country will have bins in which cell phones, two-way radios and accessories (chargers, wires, earphones) and batteries. Motorola began taking back cell phone batteries in Brazil 1999, […]

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    PAHO Throws Down the Gauntlet on Trans-Fats

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    Temas Note: Although the task force report mentioned in these Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) press releases was actually approved several weeks ago, it was not formally released to the general public until today (07 June). Rather than release it quietly and let it be approved without much public discussion (outside of PAHO and […]

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    Making Post-Consumer Recovery of Pesticide Packaging Work

    Monday, May 28th, 2007

    The recent decision by Colombia to impose extended producer responsibility (EPR) for post-consumer pesticide packaging reminded me of a draft sitting in the infamous backlog queue since January. It looks at the Brazilian system for dealing with such packaging, which seems to be operating very well, in spite of predictions to the contrary by […]

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    Global Bioenergy Partnership Launches Its Website

    Thursday, May 10th, 2007

    Temas Observation: It is curious that Mexico is one of the GBEP Partners, but Brazil is not. I wonder what Brasilia has to say about that?
    From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):
    Global Bioenergy Partnership web site launched today
    Promotes information sharing on bioenergy
    The Global Bioenergy Partnership (GBEP) today unveiled its web site, which […]

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    The World’s Largest Rainforest Park

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The North Amazon Mosiac of Protected Areas – Map by WWF

    Synopsis in English: On 28 February a French decree effectively created the world’s largest rainforest protected area in the northern Amazon. The decree created a 2-million hectare Parc Amazonien de Guyane (“Guyana Amazonian Park”) along the southern border of French Guiana, France’s “overseas department” […]

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    LAC Fares Well in Climate Change Performance Index

    Tuesday, November 14th, 2006

    The Climate Action Network – Europe (CAN-Europe) and the German environment research organization, Germanwatch, have just released the 2007 version of their Climate Change Performance Index (CCPI) at the meeting currently underway in Nairobi of the Contracting Parties (CPs) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol. Germanwatch […]

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