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    The Largest Basin Clean-up Loan in Latin America

    Thursday, June 11th, 2009

    From the World Bank: World Bank: Approves Largest Sanitation Operation in Latin America for US$840 Million to Clean the Matanza-Riachuelo River Basin in Argentina The Board of Directors of the World Bank today approved a loan for US$840 million in support of the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin Sustainable Development project. The loan will support the government’s Integrated […]

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    An Online Database of Marine Protected Areas / Un base de datos online sobre las áreas marinas protegidas

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP): UNEP launches new online system to view and study the world’s marine protected areas UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK At a time when the world’s oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human impacts in the marine environment, a new decision-making tool is being launched to provide […]

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    An E-Waste Bill for Colombia

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    After months of rumbling on the issue (here and here), Colombia finally has its first formal proposal to regulate waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”) — in this case, in the form of a bill introduced in the Colombian Senate.  Whether or not the bill manages to pass before the 2010 […]

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    Wal-Mart Mexico to Promote “Green” Products / Wal-Mart de México promoverá productos “verdes”

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    Walmart stores across Mexico and their suppliers* have launched for “Earth Month” (April 16 to May 3) an aggressive environmental awareness campaign in the press, radio and television promoting sustainable products and showing that purchasing them does not hurt the customers’ budgets. “At Wal-Mart de México we work hand-in-hand with our suppliers to encourage them […]

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    An Energy Loan to Panama with Environmental Components / Un préstamo al sector energético panameño con componentes ambientales

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Panama to consolidate energy sector reforms with support from the IDB US$100 million loan will underpin the country’s growth and help reduce poverty Panama will consolidate reforms needed to ensure the sustainability of its energy supplies, underpin economic growth and reduce poverty with financial and technical support from the […]

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    Uruguay Launches Campaign Against Plastic Bags

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    It’s beginning to look like Uruguay will be the next Latin American jurisdiction to take aim at plastic bags.  Uruguay’s Minister of Housing, Zoning and Environment Carlos Colacce, with the British Ambassador at his side, announced today the launch of a media campaign on the responsible use of plastic bags to be known as “Sacá […]

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    30 Million Pesos to Clean Up the Matanza-Riachuelo / 30 millones de pesos para sanear la Cuenca Matanza-Riachuelo

    Monday, March 2nd, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environment and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Bibiloni Homer, just signed agreements with the mayors of municipalities located in the Matanza-Riachuelo Basin, through which federal authorities will provide around 30 million pesos for the establishment of cooperative efforts to clean up trash dumps around the Basin as well as the Basin’s feed-in streams. The […]

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    Cleaning Up the Medellín River / Limpieza del río Medellín

    Friday, February 27th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): Medellín will complete historic river clean-up with IDB financing $450 million loan will help turn Colombia’s second largest city into one of Latin America’s cleanest urban areas The City of Medellín will complete an ambitious program to rehabilitate a vital river and improve the quality of life of local […]

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    EPA Forces San Juan to Educate Other Cities on Proper Management of Used Oil and Fluorescents

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): An Agreement between EPA and the Municipality of San Juan Prompts Effort to Improve Waste Handling Island-Wide The general public, municipal employees and others will get the opportunity to learn to properly handle used oil, oil filters and mercury-containing bulbs and lamps, thanks to a settlement between the […]

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    Colombia: Mining, Yes, But Not in National Parks

    Sunday, February 22nd, 2009

    “Mining in Colombia, yes, but not in national parks,” insists Colombia’s Environment Minister Juan Lozano Ramírez. “Mining in Colombia, yes, but environmentally responsible. Mining in Colombia, yes, but not that they rob everything of value and leave us with deserts and zones of erosion.” He announced a total prohibition on all granting of mining licenses […]

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