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    A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
    A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

    A Green IT Law for Brazil?

    Thursday, August 27th, 2009

    Yesterday the Environment Committee and Consumer Protection (CMA) of the Brazilian Senate discussed a draft committee opinion on a green IT bill just introduced last May.  The committee rapporteur for Senate bill (PLS) 173/2009 recommended its approval. The CMA decided to hold a hearing on the bill before deciding on the draft opinion, with invitations [...]

    Espirito Santo Adopts Law on Products Containing Heavy Metals

    Thursday, May 21st, 2009

    Last month Paraná (PR) adopted a law on mercury-containing products, now Espírito Santo (ES) has adopted a law on products containing heavy metals.  Which Brazilian state is next, and will it adopt PR’s single-substance approach, or ES’ broader wider net?
    Points of Confusion
    Article 1 of the brief ES law requires “suppliers” and distributors of

    fluorescent lamps, piles [...]

    Paraná Adopts Take-Back Law for Mercury-Containing Products

    Saturday, April 18th, 2009

    Earlier this month the governor of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná (PR) signed a brief law that would require the take-back of fluorescent lamps, piles, cell phone batteries “and other artefacts” that contain metallic mercury.
    Who Collects?
    The law requires resellers of such products in the state to provide suitable collection bins on their premises for [...]

    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 [...]

    Rio to Require Take-Back of Fluorescent Lamps

    Thursday, February 26th, 2009

    The Environment Minister for Rio de Janeiro (RJ) State, Marilene Ramos, has sent to governor Sérgio Cabral for his signature a draft decree to implement a 2007 law requiring the take-back of end-of-life fluorescent lamps.
    The law required manufacturers, importers, distributors, resellers and vendors of fluorescent lamps to provide consumers with containers for the collection [...]

    Tienda Inglesa Helps Uruguay Eliminate Mercury Thermometers

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    Last year I posted about Health Care Without Harm‘s (Coalición Salud Sin Daño) campaign to get the health care sector in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to get mercury-containing medical instruments [primarily thermometers and sphygmomanometers (blood pressure monitors)] out of hospitals, clinics and homes.  At that time, they were primarily having success in Argentina.
    This [...]

    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 municipality of [...]

    Finally, a Chance for a Global Mercury Accord / Por fin, un chance para un acuerdo global sobre el mercurio

    Saturday, February 21st, 2009

    When the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Governing Council (GC) considered and agreed on the draft decision on chemicals management, including mercury, this past Thursday, I was in the room. It’s difficult to say which emotion filled the conference room more — joy or excitement. There was plenty of both.
    This decision had been many years in [...]

    Making Argentine Mining Sustainable

    Sunday, February 1st, 2009

    Argentina’s Secretary of Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development (SAyDS), Homero Bibiloni, recently met with the Mining Secretary, Jorge Mayoral, to discuss joint efforts to make mining in that country more environmentally sustainable.
    As well they should: in recent months the environmental reputation of the nation’s mining sector has taken a pounding.  Recently the provinces of Chubut, [...]

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