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    A WEEE Bill for Amazonas

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    This week Amazonas (AM) became the latest state in which a bill on  “technological trash” (lixo tecnologico or e-lixo) – the Brazilians nickname for what is known elsewhere as WEEE or e-waste — has been introduced. Unlike bills recently introduced in the northeastern states of Bahia and Pernambuco, which are based primarily on a Law on [...]

    Coke Donates R$20 mil. to Sustainable Amazon Foundation

    Friday, February 6th, 2009

    Coca-Cola Brasil has just donated R$20 million to the Sustainable Amazonas Foundation (Fundação Amazonas Sustentável – FAS) to promote forest conservation in Brazil’s Amazonas state and improve the quality of life for around 2,000 families living in those forests.  The Coke donation matches funds from the state government, Bradesco bank and Banco do Planeta for [...]

    Developing Environmental Health Indicators for the Brazilian Amazon

    Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: In the wake of the recent decision to prepare a comprehensive assessment of the environmental and health challenges facing the capital of Amazonas state, Manuas, the National School of Public Health (ENSP) has decided to perform a complementary exercise for the broader Brazilian region known as “the Legal Amazon” (“Amazônia Legal”).  “Amazônia [...]

    IDB Help for Sanitation & Waste Management in Manaus / Apoio do BID para Saneamento e Gestão dos Resíduos em Manaus

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Temas Observations: Two small points about this loan: (1) this loan comes close on the heels of Fiocruz’s announcement of a major program to assess the environment and health challenges facing Manaus; (2) the loan was made to Amazonas state, not the municipality or the federal government.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil’s Amazonas gets IDB [...]

    Improving the Environment and Health of Manaus

    Friday, July 11th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Researchers at the Amazonian branch of Brazil’s much respected health R&D institution, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (popularly known as “Fiocruz“), and the National School of Public Health (ENSP) overseen by Fiocruz, will study the major environmental and health problems of Manaus, the capital of Amazonas state (and some would say of the [...]

    Dia Sem Carro

    Friday, September 21st, 2007

    Tomorrow, Saturday 22 September, is World Carfree Day.
    The annual event begun in France in 1998 and now worldwide, is intended as a day when everyone leaves their car at home and utilizes public transport, walks or rides a bicycle.
    The resulting quiet, lack of traffic congestion and cleaner air is intended to make people reflect on [...]

    It’s Clean Up the World Weekend — Get Involved!

    Friday, September 14th, 2007

    This weekend across the world, including much of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), people will be joining NGOs and community groups in events designed to clean up beaches, coastal waters, rivers, lakes, parks, reserves and their surroundings as part of the annual Clean Up the World Weekend. Copied below is the official press [...]

    Ecological Bricks Update

    Thursday, August 30th, 2007

    One of the most popular posts here on The Temas Blog, judging by stats, is one from many months ago entitled “Ecological Bricks.” It still receives a hit (sometimes several) every day.
    A rather unique version of “ecological bricks” discussed in that post involved entombing whole empty PET bottles filled with air. This brick was [...]

    Probable Impact of Climate Change on Brazil

    Monday, May 21st, 2007

    The reports issued by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) have stolen the headlines and thunder in the global and regional press, but in Brazil it was the release of eight country-focussed studies coordinated by that country’s National Institute for Space Studies (INPE) that caught the public’s attention. Taken together, the eight studies [...]

    “Ecological Bricks”

    Sunday, December 24th, 2006

    It’s been interesting to see how much the articles on the Brazilian and Honduran buildings made using PET bottles have captured the imagination of so many readers. Since then I have been alerted to several other examples of recycled trash being used as building materials. Most of these concern what people call “ecological [...]