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  • IDB Finances Venezuelan Hydroelectric Project

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves financing for hydropower project in Venezuela

    Credit will enable completion of facility that will supply up to eight percent of the country’s electricity in a sustainable manner

    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved an $800 million supplementary loan to Venezuela for the completion of the Manuel Pilar (also known as […]

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    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and […]

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    The Status of Global Renewables

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]

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    Peru Opens Public Consultations on Draft National Environment Policy / Peru pone en consulta pública borrador de política nacional del ambiente

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    Peru’s Environment Ministry (Minam) is circulating for public comment its proposal for a National Environment Policy. Interested parties can submit comments and suggestions through a web-based form. Minam will also be holding consultative workshops on the draft Policy in Lima and four regions.
    The draft Policy is clear and concise, with a set of overarching objectives […]

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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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    Outlook for “Green Jobs” / Prognóstico para “empleos verdes”

    Monday, December 15th, 2008

    While the idea of creating a “green economy” with “green jobs” has been around quite a while, it really started to gain serious consideration as the climate change debate heated up,  and recently moved front-and-center during the US presidential elections and the debates about how best to respond to the global financial crisis (here, here, […]

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    LAC Urged to Pursue Low-Carbon, High-Growth Path

    Saturday, December 13th, 2008

    A report released this week by the World Bank, Low Carbon, High Growth: Latin American Responses to Climate Change, argues that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) “is in a position to lead middle income countries in reducing emissions from deforestation, breaking the impasse on hydropower development, improving energy efficiency, and transforming urban transport.”
    In presenting […]

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    LAC Environmental Trivia, Revisited

    Thursday, June 19th, 2008

    The United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently published the latest edition (covering up to 2007) of its annual statistical yearbook for the region. As in recent years, one section covers natural resources and the environment.
    If you are seeking a basic set of comparative environmental data for the region, […]

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    Aluminum Recycling Reconsidered

    Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

    A Sixth Year as Aluminum Can Recycling Champion
    The Brazilian Aluminum Association (ABAL) recently announced that Brazil recycled 139,100 metric tons (Mt) of aluminum cans (about 10.3 billion cans) in 2006 for a recycling rate of 94.4%, assuring the first-place position for Brazil for the sixth year in a row, ahead of Argentina, Japan, Switzerland, Europe […]

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