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    LAC Urban Renewal Projects that Fight Obesity and Chronic Disease

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

    From the World Resources Institute (WRI):
    Latin American Cities Get Physical in Fight Against Obesity and Chronic Disease
    Mexico City, Mexico; Londrina, Brazil; and Tulancingo, Mexico won top awards in a contest here today for urban renewal projects designed to promote physical activity and cut down on local obesity rates and other diseases related to inactive lifestyles.
    “We […]

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    Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Valley of Mexico

    Monday, September 22nd, 2008

    Earlier this year the City of Mexico released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2006 in the Metropolitan Area of the Valley of Mexico (Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México – ZMVM) to accompany its new plan of action on climate change (something I’ll cover separately in a forthcoming blog entry).   I found […]

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    WHO and World Bank Join Forces on Global Health / La OMS y el Banco Mundial aúnan esfuerzos en salud mundial

    Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    WHO and World Bank join forces for better results from global health investments
    As delegates gather at the International AIDS Conference (3-8 August), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank today address the pressing global debate around health systems and initiatives in specific aspects of health, nutrition and population. […]

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    Getting Mercury Out of Healthcare

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    In July the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) proudly announced that all public hospitals within city limits had eliminated their inventory of old fashioned mercury thermometers and replaced them with digital ones.
    Why is that significant?
    A 2006 study done by CABA’s Environmental Health office found that the City’s public hospitals emitted about 40 kg of […]

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    Finding Eco-Diagnoses for LAC

    Friday, June 20th, 2008

    In a prior post on the Temas library of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) legal texts for download, I promised to highlight other changes and additions to the updated site.
    The biggest addition to the site has been the Temas Tools Section, a collection of references and tools that help in understanding, shaping and managing policy […]

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    Toward a Green Building Rating System for Mexico

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Quiz time, folks.
    Did you know that Mexico has one of the two Latin American buildings that are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified? That nine other Mexican projects await LEED certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC)?
    That Mexico has had its own green building council since 2005? That the Council […]

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    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 […]

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    LAC Cities, C40 and the Clinton Climate Initiative

    Monday, June 11th, 2007

    If you track climate change news items in the mainstream media, or if like me you’re a fan of EcoIron, Green Options or The Coffee House, you probably have already heard of last month’s climate change conference in New York City hosted by the William J. Clinton Foundation, the climate coalition of 40 of the […]

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    WHO to Policymakers: Clear the Air

    Thursday, October 12th, 2006

    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) challenged governments worldwide: save millions of lives by tightening your air quality standards.
    WHO issued the challenge while releasing the first major overhaul of its widely-observed Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) since 1997. WHO first released AQGs in 1987 in response to requests from governments for some guidance on […]

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    Trash Photos V: Municipal Banners & Hard Realities

    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

    Municipal governments often try to influence their citizenry through slick banners hung from lamp posts that carry inspirational or educational messages. They look good and make nice photos. But they do not always reflect the reality “on the ground.”
    A case in point: the picture at right was taken in August 2005 along the […]

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