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    Support for an Agreement on REDD

    Thursday, September 24th, 2009

    It’s interesting to see the high-level support expressed at the Summit on Climate Change by the Latin American nations of Colombia, Ecuador and Guyana for an internationally-agreed mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD) in the post-2012 climate change accord to be negotiated later this year in Copenhagen.  However, conspicuous by their […]

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    UN to Fund Pilot REDD Programs

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    From UN-REDD:
    18 Million Dollars Approved Under UN-REDD Programme

    Funds Will Back Forestry Programmes Combating Climate Change and Boosting Local Livelihoods

    A United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests and boosting livelihoods in tropical nations has approved $18 million in support of five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
    The UN Reduced Emissions […]

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    Satellite Monitoring of Climate Change Impacts for 3 LAC Nations

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Mostly lost in all the media coverage of the recent climate change negotiations in Poznan, Poland was this announcement from the UN Development Programme (UNDP).  I’m glad to hear that this initiative includes Colombia, Peru and Uruguay, particularly since the latter two cannot afford on their own this sort of satellite monitoring.  Why, I wonder, […]

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    Trade and Climate Change

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    One aspect of the public debate over possible policy responses to global climate change that has been largely missing is the role that international trade measures — and how they are treated by the World Trade Organization (WTO) — will aid or hinder policymaking about climate change.  Small wonder, since the possible interactions between trade […]

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    Cell Phone Recycling in Brazil Weak?

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

    Last month Nokia publicized the results of a survey it commissioned of 6,500 consumers in 13 nations, among them Brazil (the only LAC nation included). By now you know the drill — this is The Temas Blog, so we care mostly about the LAC nation involved and very little about the other […]

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    Gas Flaring, LAC & Climate Change

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Take a look at the two images to the right. The first is of an offshore platform flaring gas. The second (click to enlarge) is a computer-enhanced satellite photo of gas flaring off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Yes, if you use the right technique, you now can document flaring from […]

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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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    Flu Vaccine Technology to Be Transfered to Brazil, Mexico

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO facilitates vaccine technology transfer to developing countries
    As part of a concerted effort to ensure more equitable access to a potential pandemic influenza vaccine, six developing countries are being awarded grants to establish in-country manufacturing capacity for influenza vaccine. The countries are Brazil, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Thailand and Viet Nam.
    Up […]

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    Another Poll Suggests LAC Takes Climate Change Seriously

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    The recent ACNielsen poll suggested that Latin American nations may take the global climate change issue more seriously than most.  A new poll just published on the WorldPublicOpinion.org website appears to confirm it.
    The 17-nation* poll was organized by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs (formerly the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations).  The countries picked represent […]

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    LAC the Most Aware Public About Climate Change?

    Wednesday, January 31st, 2007

    I’m seeing press briefs bouncing around the internet over the past 24 hours reporting that a recent ACNeilsen survey of 25,408 people in 46 nations* found that the US public is the least aware and least concerned about global climate change, whereas the public in the four Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) nations surveyed […]

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