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    Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

    Monday, August 10th, 2009

    From EPEAT:
    The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT

    International Green IT purchasing system enables electronics manufacturers to register computers and monitors in 40 countries

    The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in […]

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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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    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 Plans to Ban or Restrict 12 Pesticides

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    Brazilian health officials are concerned.  In 2008 Brazil became the largest consumer of pesticides in the world, surpassing the US with a market of more than US$7 billion.  Yet many of the pesticides now manufactured in, or imported into, Brazil and widely used there have been banned or severely restricted for health and environmental reasons […]

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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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    Brazil Seeks to Lead in Stem-Cell Research

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    Brazil’s Health Ministry is sponsoring Brazilian research that has led to the production of the first line of induced pluripotent stem cells.  Pluripotent stem cells are able to transform into any cell type.  They are similar to embryonic stem cells but do not need to be obtained from embryos.  Brazil becomes the fifth (and […]

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    First Mandatory Standby Power Label for TVs in LAC

    Monday, August 11th, 2008

    Quiz: Which is the first Latin American nation — and one of the few in the world at this point — that requires all new television sets with cathode ray tubes (CRTs) — whether locally made or imported — to bear a labeling disclosing to the consumer the standby power rating for the set?
    Answer: Brazil, […]

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    Five LAC Nations Picked for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post on the growing list of international carbon finance sources available to nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I mentioned the new Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently created by the World Bank designed to combat deforestation and climate change at the same time. The Facility essentially will help […]

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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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    Quiz: Who is 5-Time World Champion Recycler of Aluminum Cans?

    Saturday, January 13th, 2007

    Brazil is five times champion of what? Well, yeah, football (futbol, or soccer as my American friends insist on calling it).
    But something else too: Brazil has led the world in recycling aluminum cans five years in a row (so it is not a anomaly or “blip”!). In 2005 Brazil recycled 96.2%, higher than […]

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