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    Linking the Pharmacopeias of Argentina and Brazil

    Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Sanitary Vigilance Agency (Anvisa) today issued a regulation (Resolution RDC 37) permitting reference chemical substances certified by either the Argentine Pharmacopeia or the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Pharmacopeia to be used for evaluating the quality of pharmaceutical raw materials (active ingredients and excipients) and medicines produced in Brazil.
    Anvisa already allowed that, where […]

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    Latin America’s First Hydrogen Bus

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

    Brazil is known for many “green” experiments and firsts in transportation.  Think of Curitiba’s groundbreaking work on bus rapid transit, Brazil’s pioneering work on sugarcane ethanol and use of flex-fuel vehicles, the country’s aggressive biodiesel program, Vale’s trains run on biodiesel, Itaipu’s development of electric cars that can be charged from biodigestors, and the use […]

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    Caixa Creates Label for Sustainable Housing

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    Caixa Econômica Federal (CEF, popularly known among Brazilians as simply “Caixa”), Latin America’s largest public bank, is already involved in promoting green building though its insistence on construction using certified wood and its concessionary financing for the installation of the solar panels and water heaters in Brazil’s recently announced “My House My Life” Program […]

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    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded […]

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    Brazil a Leader in Green IT?

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    I ran across this interesting “green IT” study released last month by IBM and the Info-Tech Research Group during the course of my work on a chapter on power management issues for a forthcoming book on green IT (information technology).  Info-tech surveyed more than 1,000 IT executives at companies with 100-1,000 employees in 12 nations […]

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    Brazil Raises Steel Can Recycling to 49%

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    From the World Steel Association:
    Global steel can recycling rate reaches highest recorded level
    The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announced today that 7.2 million metric tons (mmt) of steel cans were recycled across the 37 countries reporting in 2007. This avoided approximately 13 mmt of CO2 emissions.
    The global recycling rate for steel cans was 68% in […]

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    Now Renewables Have Their Own International Agency

    Saturday, January 31st, 2009

    The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) was created at a founding conference in Bonn, Germany, this week, followed the next day by a short working session of the preparatory commission charged with getting it up-and-running.  The brainchild of renewable advocate Germany, with strong backing from Denmark and Spain, IRENA is intended to raise the profile […]

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    Finding More Funds for Global Health During Tough Economic Times

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    World Leaders Call for More Investment in Global Health
    A new high-level taskforce* set up to find new ways to finance better health results in poor countries has held its inaugural meeting in Doha at the UN Financing For Development Summit in Qatar.
    “This is a unique moment for us all. These are extraordinary, […]

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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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    US$6.1 Billion Pledged for the Climate Investment Funds

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Donor Nations Pledge Over $6.1 Billion to Climate Investment Funds
    Funds boost global fight against climate change
    Leading industrialized nations today pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the Climate Investment Funds, a pair of international investment instruments designed to provide interim, scaled-up funding to help developing countries in their efforts to mitigate increases in […]

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