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    Tire Mountains as a Border Issue

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    If you you’re not a waste specialist (“garbologist”) or waste nut (like me), then you might have missed this one or not understood its significance even if you did hear of it. End-of-life (EOL) tires — called “scrap tires” by industry but often referred to as “waste tires” by regulators — have bedeviled environmental authorities […]

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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 reason […]

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    No Twig Left Behind

    Saturday, June 7th, 2008

    The Municipality of São Paulo (pop. 11 million) has adopted a law that creates the Program for the Use of Wood from Tree Pruning (Programa de Aproveitamento de Madeiras de Podas de Árvores – PAMPA).  According to the Law’s author, Councilman Gilberto Natalini (Brazilian Social Democratic Party – PSDB), once fully operational PAMPA will divert […]

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    Mato Grosso’s E-Waste Law / A Lei de Mato Grosso Sobre E-lixo

    Sunday, June 1st, 2008

    Last month, while The Temas Blog was still on hiatus, the central Brazilian state of Mato Grosso (MT) became the first Latin American jurisdiction to pass a specific law on waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), or “technological trash” (lixo tecnológico) as Brazilians tend to call it.*  The new law creates a take-back regime and […]

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    Digitizing Environmental Enforcement

    Saturday, August 4th, 2007

    Minas Gerais is moving to accomplish something no other Brazilian state — or probably any Latin American/ Caribbean (LAC) nation, for that matter — has yet done: digitize its environmental inspection and enforcement. Currently Minas is winding up a pilot project in which its 21 waste and sanitation inspectors do much of their work utilizing […]

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    Environment-Friendly Mexican Diapers?

    Monday, July 2nd, 2007

    In May a Mexican multinational, Grupo PI Mabe (better known as “Mabesa”) announced the launch of a new, “environment friendly” premium disposable diaper brand to be known as “Bio Baby.” They plan to focus first on the Mexican baby market, but hope to soon offer it in the other 35 countries they operate in, including […]

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    Anatomy of a Landfill Controversy

    Thursday, March 15th, 2007

    Working on waste issues in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), you see a lot of controversies involving disposal sites. Many times it is some neighborhood that does not want a landfill anywhere near them, either because they fear it will affect their health or property values, they dislike the smell a badly managed site […]

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    A Sustainable Energy Plan for Barbados?

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    In an earlier article, I looked at the sustainability of Brazil’s long-range energy plans. Today I examine Barbados’ recently announced 20-year plans. The government of Prime Minister Owen Arthur recently presented to Parliament a ambitious draft national energy plan that has numerous environmental elements in it. While some have applauded its stated intentions — reduction […]

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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part I

    Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking: the Stern Review — the analysis of the economic costs/benefits of coming to grips with global climate change that was commissioned by the UK Government and coordinated by the head of the Government Economic Service (and ex-Chief Economist at the World Bank) Sir Nicholas Stern — has been out […]

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    Toxics in Electronics Redux: Greenpeace Responds

    Monday, October 30th, 2006

    As I noted here previously on the Temas Blog, a few weeks back Treehugger invited me to guest blog about my reservations concerning Greenpeace’s handling of its report on the testing of laptops for certain substances. My entry drew quite a few comments, including a long, detailed reply reputedly penned by the scientist who did […]

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