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    HP’s Cartridge Recovery Program in LAC

    Tuesday, August 7th, 2007

    Recently I highlighted Lexmark's printer cartridge recovery program in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), lauded by Colombia's Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez.  Well, Minister Lozano also has applauded a competitor, Hewlett Packard (HP), for its cartridge collection program, and since HP's program covers more than just Colombia just as Lexmark's does, in the interest […]

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    Colombia Seeking Clinton Help in Negotiating Diesel Imports

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, has announced that he has requested Clinton Foundation help in negotiating terms for the importation of high-quality diesel. Lozano considers getting as much best-quality diesel (low sulphur) at the best possible price as soon as possible a key to improving air quality in the national […]

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    Printer Cartridges for Movie Tickets

    Sunday, July 29th, 2007

    Colombia's Environment Ministry (MAVDT) recently heralded a new program launched in that country by Lexmark International, the global company that makes printers and toner and ink cartridges, to give people a free ticket for any movie showing at the Cine Colombia chain in exchange for turning in a used printer cartridge. 
    Lexmark also extended to […]

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    A Deal to Improve Bogotá’s Air

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Environment Ministry and the City of Bogotá signed an agreement aimed at improving air quality in the nation’s capital. Under the accord the two will collaborate to (1) design an Air Quality Information System (SISAIRE); (2) characterize (identify types, levels, concentrations, sources, etc.) of airborne particulate matter in the city; […]

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    Colombia’s First Official Carbon Sequestration Through Reforestation Project

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week the Environment Ministry approved the first officially sanctioned reforestation project aimed at capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) as a clean development mechanism (CDM) project under the Kyoto Protocol. The project involves 15,000 hectares in the Chinchina River Basin in the department (similar to a state or province) of Caldas. […]

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    Bottled Water and the Macizo Colombiano

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    Are water bottlers seeking to become the champions of conservation and protecting freshwater sources?
    You have to wonder. At about the same time earlier this month that WWF was publicizing its freshwater protection partnership with Coca-Cola, owner of the Dasani brand of bottled water, Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, was announcing an […]

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    Eco-Authorities Need Teeth, Says Environment Minister

    Thursday, May 17th, 2007

    Earlier this week Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, told the audience at that country’s National Environment Forum that he supported the bill now before the Senate (where the Forum was held) on an environmental sanctions regime. The Ministry, he said, has this dream of “getting the teeth we don’t have” so that Colombia […]

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    Colombia Imposes Post-Consumer Producer Responsibility on Pesticide Packaging

    Tuesday, April 24th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Colombian Environment Minister Jaime Lozano celebrated Earth Day by adopting a regulation that imposes a post-consumer producer responsibility regime on that country’s pesticide packaging. Manufacturers and importers of pesticides — not just those intended for agricultural use, but also those used in industry, in homes, and for public health and veterinary […]

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    Colombia Gets Cell Phone Battery Agreement

    Friday, April 20th, 2007

    According to a Colombia daily, El Tiempo, the Ministry of Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) has signed an agreement (“convenio”) with the cellular telephone industry to collect and export spent cell phone batteries. The agreement was signed by the major providers of cell phone service in the country, including Avantel, the industry associations […]

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    Colombia Insists: We’re Serious About Climate Change

    Monday, March 19th, 2007

    Just before the release of the IPPC report, the Minister for Environment, Housing and Territorial Development (MAVDT) held a press conference to assure everyone that global climate change is a priority issue for the Uribe Administration. The fact that Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez felt the need to do so says something.
    Lozano Ramírez outlined the […]

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