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    IDB Funds Coal-Fired Power Plants in Brazil / O BID vai financiar usinas termelétricas a carvão no Brasil

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil expands energy supply in Northeastern region with IDB financing

    Innovative agreement will partially offset CO2 emissions by promoting renewable energy projects and greenhouse gas reduction research

    Brazil will add 1,080 megawatts (MW) of electric power in the Northeastern states of Ceará and Maranhão with the construction of two coal-fired power plants […]

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    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 […]

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    Brazil’s Poor Advance Less in Health MDGs / Pobres avançam menos em ODM de saúde

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    In a prior post I discussed how a new web portal (Portal ODM) has been created in Brazil, with help from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and UNICEF, that would allow anyone who wishes to track (and perhaps influence) Brazil’s progress at the municipal level toward achieving the the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).*
    I […]

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    IBAMA Sets Record for Environmental Licensing

    Saturday, January 3rd, 2009

    Brazil’s environment agency, IBAMA, has announced that it set a new record for issuing environmental licenses during 2008. IBAMA is not in charge of all environmental licensing in Brazil: much of that is done by state and local environment bodies.
    IBAMA issued 467 licenses in 2008, almost a 27% increase over licenses granted in 2007 […]

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    Targeting Key States in Brazil’s Battle vs. Amazon Deforestation

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    The Norwegian government is funding, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) is administering, a US$4.3 million pilot project by Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) and the governments of three states — Acre (AC), Mato Grosso (MT) and Pará (PA) — to combat deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon.  As I’ve noted here in the past, MT and […]

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    Will Lula Protect Brazil’s Reefs?

    Thursday, November 20th, 2008

    In September Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, caused quite a stir in conservation circles.  He announced that he was sending a decree to the Planalto Palace for President Lula to sign that would significantly enhance Brazil’s protection of its coral reefs, something conservationists and marine biologists have been pushing for since at least the late […]

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    Brazilian States Publicize Consumer Complaints

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    In September the 21 Brazilian state consumer agencies (known in Brazil as “Procons”) belonging to the National System of Consumer Defense Information (Sistema Nacional de Informações de Defesa do Consumidor – SINDEC) opened (mostly on the internet) their registries of consumer complaints, including their rankings of which firms were the subject of the greatest number […]

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    Study Suggests High Climate Change Vulnerability for Brazil’s Northern States / Relatório indica vulnerabilidade climática alta para o Norte do Brasil

    Monday, September 15th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Space Research Institute (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais – INPE) and its largest mining company (and second largest in the world), CVRD (now just calling itself “Vale“), last week released the first of three reports on the impact of climate change on the vegetation, agriculture, biodiversity and energy generating capacity of the states […]

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    CNPq vai investir R$ 22 milhões em biodiesel / CNPq to Invest R$22 Million in Biodiesel Production Research

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Brazil’s National Council on Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) has announced that it will invest R$22 million to stimulate research into improving biodiesel production.  The offering involves four different calls for proposals, and involves funds from the National Fund for Scientific and Technological Development (Fundo Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico – FNDCT), CNPq’s Agro-business […]

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    Update: Mapping Brazil’s Basins to Prepare Against Oil Spills

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Over a year ago I had a post here about the efforts of Brazil’s Environment Ministry (MMA) to prepare comprehensive atlases of the Brazilian sedimentary basins where oil and gas exploration, drilling and related activities are permitted. [80% of Brazil’s oil and gas exploration/exploitation occurs offshore.]
    The atlas covering the very important Santos Basin was released […]

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