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  • A New Way to Fund Life-Saving Vaccines

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Funding New Vaccines To Save Millions Of Lives

    World Bank to Provide Financial Platform for Pilot Vaccine Program

    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a financial platform for a pilot vaccine program that will benefit millions of children in the developing world.
    The Advance Market Commitment (AMC) pilot will help accelerate the […]

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    Electric Cars for Colombia

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    First Chile, now Colombia.  Where next for electric cars in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?
    The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that it is bringing the REVA electric car to […]

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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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    Electric Cars for Chile

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that as soon as the Chilean Transport Ministry (MTT) gives the formal go-ahead (expected by year-end), it will import 100% electric […]

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    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some […]

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    More Glass Packaging Recovery, Less Piracy?

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    When discussing recovery/recycling among packaging materials in Brazil, glass sometimes suffers by comparison. Brazil is a world leader in recycling PET and aluminum cans, and high among recyclers of corrugated cardboard (77%).
    Brazil’s 45% annual recycling rate for glass packaging is better than the glass packaging rate for the US (but then again, the US […]

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