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    IEA Proposes Ways to Decarbonize Power & Cut Energy Intensity in Industry

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
    IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power
    “In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...]

    A New Twist to Recyclables for Electricity Programs

    Monday, September 21st, 2009

    I’ve posted in the past about innovative Brazilian programs in the states of Ceará (CE), Mato Grosso (MT) and Rio de Janeiro (RJ) to get people to turn in recyclables in exchange for getting a reduction in their monthly electric power bill.  One of the programs I liked was Consciência EcoAmpla, run by Endesa‘s subsidiary [...]

    Chile to Ratify the London Dumping Protocol

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    President Bachelet has sent the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention on Dumping to the Chilean Congress for ratification, and initial indications are that both houses view ratification favorably.  If they do so, it will change Chilean law on disposing of wastes at sea and make Chile only the sixth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) [...]

    Brazil: Government & Industry Discuss Changes in Processed Foods

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Health Minister, José Gomes Temporão, has launched an open and public dialog with Brazil’s food industry about lowering the salt, sugar and trans-fat levels of the processed foods that they offer to the Brazilian market. Temporão revealed that a Ministry study suggests that up to 260,000 Brazilian deaths every [...]

    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, [...]

    Assessing Children’s Vulnerability to Chemical Exposures

    Saturday, July 28th, 2007

    The report discussed in the press release below is actually from the International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), for which the World Health Organization (WHO) serves as secretariat, but is also cosponsored by the International Labor Organization (ILO) and UN Environment Programme (UNEP). It represents an emerging international (not just North American or European) [...]

    IDB Solicits Proposals for “Regional Public Goods” to Fund / BID solicita para propuestas promover “bienes públicos regionales”

    Friday, July 27th, 2007

    The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has issued its call for proposals for its fourth round of funding what it calls “regional public goods.” Every year the IDB provides up to US$10 million to finance selected proposals to support collective solutions for common or cross-border challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) that can [...]

    The Metals Industry Stance on Recycling and Recycled Content

    Wednesday, March 28th, 2007

    At the end of November a coalition of entities representing major segments of the mining and metals industries* issued a joint “Declaration on Recycling Principles.” As you may have discerned by now, everything having to do with waste and recycling interests me. I downloaded the Declaration, jotted notes and questions in a draft [...]

    Is Meeting the MDGs for Water & Sanitation Good Enough?

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    This month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a progress report on meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they apply to access to “improved” water and sanitation, using data collected by the WHO/UNICEF joint Monitoring Programme (JMP).
    As the WHO report I recently reviewed on the linkage between environmental conditions and health underlined, [...]