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    Grappling with Greenhouse Gas Emissions from Ships

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    How best to control greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from ships?
    That is the tricky issue the London-based International Maritime Organization (IMO) is currently grappling with. The IMO is the United Nations specialized agency created in 1959 to facilitate cooperation among governments in all technical matters involving shipping engaged in international trade, including prevention and control […]

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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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    Two More World Bank Carbon Facilities

    Friday, October 12th, 2007

    From the World Bank:

    Two New World Bank Carbon Facilities Will Help Fight Climate Change And DeforestationThe World Bank is working to increase significantly the world’s ability to tackle global climate change and deforestation with two new carbon finance facilities to benefit developing countries.
    An innovative Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) would prevent deforestation by compensating developing […]

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    Wood Pellets, “Green” Energy and Carbon Credits / Pellets de madera, energía “verde” y créditos de carbono

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    From the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO):

    Converting wood waste into pellets to reduce greenhouse gases
    Costa Rica pioneers “green” project for poor countries
    Costa Rica’s pilot project to convert polluting wood residues into a profitable “green” energy source, presents new prospects for timber industries in developing countries, FAO said today.
    The project converts large stockpiles of […]

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    O futuro é hoje!

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    It is a pleasure to welcome a second guest post by Brazilian Federal Deputy Arnaldo Jardim — for a full introduction please see his "Cidadania Ambiental."  As I mentioned in that post, for those of you who cannot read Portuguese, you can always use the handy translation button in the righthand column of this blog.
    É […]

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    Corfo Helps 53 Renewable Energy Projects in Chile / Corfo apoya 53 proyectos de energía renovable en Chile

    Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Chilean Economic Development Agency (Corporación de Fomento de la Producción – CORFO) this year is co-financing 53 new renewable energy projects, 13 more than it did in 2006.  Of these, 29 are wind energy projects, 14 hydraulic power, five geothermal, two biomass and three biogas.  In terms of location, 10 involve […]

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    “Climate Change Fact Sheets” for LAC Nations

    Thursday, August 9th, 2007

    Not too long ago the European energy consulting firm Ecofys issued an update of its report commissioned by the UK’s Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) entitled Factors Underpinning Future Action.
    The report seeks to “to provide an analytical basis to underpin discussions on future commitments to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at the […]

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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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    Mesoamerican Front Against Climate Change / Frente Mesoamericano Contra el Cambio Climático

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The top environment authorities of Mexico and the countries of Central America (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Panama), meeting recently in Mexico City, have decided to form a special alliance on climate change that they call the Mesoamerican Common Front Against Climate Change. The Front will be overseen […]

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    Power Plants Run on Grass

    Wednesday, July 25th, 2007

    Last week a firm based in São Paulo state, Dedini, announced the signing of an agreement with Bahia-based Sykue Bionergya Electricidade to build Brazil’s first thermoelectric plant run entirely (see below to understand why I use this qualifier) on elephant grass. [Some press blurbs erroneously reported that it will be the world’s first such […]

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