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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence. If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, […]

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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 […]

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    Combatting Deforestation II: Agriculture and Forests

    Wednesday, August 1st, 2007

    When I launched my series on deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) many months ago, I said I’d try to address different facets of the question in separate posts. My first tackled the question of just how serious is deforestation across LAC. Today, a look at the interface between agriculture, poverty and deforestation. […]

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    Protecting the Mesoamerican Reef

    Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

    Another one from the backlog queue! A few hurried notes to myself from the beginning of December, then lost in the holiday shuffle. But the recent posts on the WWF-Coca-Cola freshwater partnership and WWF’s agreements with agricultural producers in Honduras reminded me of this one still lurking in the queue. Hopefully better late than never. […]

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    Impact of Sea Level Rise on LAC

    Monday, May 14th, 2007

    While the reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder, the World Bank quietly released an important working paper examining how the expected rise in sea level (SLR) caused by global climate change might affect the 84 coastal developing countries among its membership. Twenty-five of these are […]

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    ECLAC/FAO: Bioenergy Poses Both Risks and Opportunities / CEPAL/FAO: Bioenergía Ofrece Oportunidades y Riesgos

    Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

    The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC, known in Spanish as CEPAL) have just released a joint “study” (actually more of a short analysis with recommendations) on the potential impacts of bioenergy production on food security for consideration by the FAO’s Committee […]

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    IDB Targets $3bn for Biofuels / BID apoyará proyectos de biocombustibles con US$3.000 millones / BID apóia projetos de biocombustíveis com US$3 bilhões

    Monday, April 2nd, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB targets $3 billion in Private Sector Biofuel Projects President Moreno announces planned investments in ethanol and biodiesel production, technical assistance for Central American countries, and a $300 million Green Energy Program Calling biofuels a “transformative opportunity” for Latin America and the Caribbean, IDB President Luis Alberto Moreno detailed […]

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    MERCOSUR Agrees to Cooperate on Biofuels

    Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

    Another one from the backlog queue. First tapped out some notes on this back in December! Only now remembered to dig it out (can I somehow blame it on the holidays?), because of the piece I just posted about the IDB and ethanol. Sorry for the delay. In mid-December the top policymaking body of the […]

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    A Friend’s Wise Observations on Sustainable Tourism

    Friday, September 1st, 2006

    The following discussion of what the Dominican Republic needs to do on the road to sustainable tourism was written last year by my friend and fellow Green Team member Jaime Moreno, was included as part of the UN Development Programme's (UNDP) National Human Development Report 2005 for the Dominican Republic and was reprinted earlier this […]

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