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    US & Mexico Increase Cooperation on Climate Change & Clean Energy

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    From the White House:
    U.S.-MEXICO ANNOUNCE BILATERAL FRAMEWORK ON CLEAN ENERGY AND CLIMATE CHANGE
    President Obama and President Calderon today announced plans to strengthen and deepen bilateral cooperation by establishing the US-Mexico Bilateral Framework on Clean Energy and Climate Change. During their first conversation in January 2009, then President-elect Obama and President Calderon discussed the need […]

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    Economic Growth Model is Rapidly Transforming/Degrading the Amazon

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model

    However, responses by the governments of Amazonian countries indicate that efforts are under way on concrete action to deal with their environmental challenges.
    The population is increasing, reaching a level of 33.5 million inhabitants in 2007.
    Cities grew at an […]

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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Rio de Janeiro State

    Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

    In its recent report on activities and issues it confronted in 2008, the environment secretariat (SEA) of Rio de Janeiro state (RJ) included a summary graphic from the so-to-be-released state greenhouse gas (GHG) inventory that I though I’d share with you here:

    By sources, the biggest GHG emitter in RJ is industry at 33.8%, followed by […]

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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    The CEC’s “Annotated Bibliography” on Environmental Impacts of Biofuels

    Sunday, October 5th, 2008

    Normally I would not stick an annotated bibliography in the Temas Recommended Reading List, much less do a review of the “bibliography.”  But the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) recently released an “Annotated Bibliography on the Environmental Effects of Biofuels” that I find a bit unusual and noteworthy.
    It’s more like a review of […]

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    São Paulo Launches Ambitious Research Program on Climate Change / São Paulo Lança Programa de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    The São Paulo State Research Foundation (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo – FAPESP) has launched its own R$100 million, 10-year research program on climate change.  The new Research Program on Global Climate Change (Programa FAPESP de Pesquisa sobre Mudanças Climáticas Globais – PFPMCG) will have three main components:

    an “observational component” […]

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    Uruguay Gets Its GEO

    Friday, July 25th, 2008

    Earlier this month Uruguay’s GEO was finally unveiled with much fanfare by top Uruguayan environment officials and the local representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment Outlook” first prepared by the […]

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    São Paulo’s New Bioenergy Research Program

    Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The state Research Foundation of São Paulo (Fapesp) has just launched a special program Research on Bioenergy (Bioen) that aims at marshalling the state’s considerable public and private R&D resources to adavance and apply all knowledge linked to ethanol production. São Paulo leads Brazil in ethanol production, and Brazil rivals the […]

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    Improving Paraguay’s Environmental Management

    Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves US$8 million for National Environmental System in Paraguay
    Resources will improve land use planning and promote citizen participation
    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved two loans worth US$8 million for Paraguay to support its national environmental system.
    This is the second stage of a program that began in 2001 with a […]

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    Protecting Health from Climate Change

    Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

    As they promised last year, in April the World Health Organization (WHO) and its regional counterpart, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), celebrated World Health Day in April by trying to educate us all about the possible health impacts of global climate change on health. Most assessments and discussions of climate change to […]

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