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    IEA Proposes Ways to Decarbonize Power & Cut Energy Intensity in Industry

    Thursday, October 1st, 2009

    From the International Energy Agency (IEA):
    IEA proposes approaches to curb greenhouse gas emissions in the key sectors, industry and power
    “In the global fight against climate change, the industry and power sectors both play a key role,” said Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA) today in Paris. “Industry is one of the [...]

    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    Chile to Ratify the London Dumping Protocol

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    President Bachelet has sent the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention on Dumping to the Chilean Congress for ratification, and initial indications are that both houses view ratification favorably.  If they do so, it will change Chilean law on disposing of wastes at sea and make Chile only the sixth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) [...]

    More IDB Support for Mexico’s Climate Change Agenda

    Thursday, September 17th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB supports second stage of Mexico’s climate change agenda

    Reforms linked to new loan will help mitigate the impacts and reduce vulnerability to climate change in energy, transportation, agriculture, tourism and water resources

    Mexico will implement an ambitious climate change program that includes mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and strengthening climate-related institutions, as [...]

    Se crean red centroamericana para impulsar la biotecnología

    Saturday, September 12th, 2009

    Desde el Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo (BID):
    BID crea red de centros de desarrollo tecnológico en Centroamérica y República Dominicana para impulsar la biotecnología
    El Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo facilitará la creación de una Red de Centros de Desarrollo Tecnológico para Centroamérica como parte de una estrategia regional que busca definir políticas, atraer inversiones, y crear incentivos [...]

    An Interesting Way to Educate Mexicans About Endangered Species

    Sunday, August 16th, 2009

    I’ve been in Mexico City this past week for a UN Development Programme (UNDP) consultation on biodiversity and ecosystem services (more on that in a future post).  Every time I visit Mexico City I like to stroll the Paseo de la Reforma, the City’s beautiful answer to Paris’ Champs-Élysées.  One of the reasons (besides people [...]

    Green IT Rating System Expanded to Brazil and Mexico

    Monday, August 10th, 2009

    From EPEAT:
    The Green Electronics Council Announces Major Expansion of EPEAT

    International Green IT purchasing system enables electronics manufacturers to register computers and monitors in 40 countries

    The Green Electronics Council today announced the availability of an international EPEAT purchasing registry, a major development that enables the world’s leading electronics manufacturers to list ‘green’ computers and monitors in [...]

    Mexico’s DF Promotes Organics

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

    Over the last couple of years, there have been several signs that the government of Mexico’s Federal District (DF) — the zone encompassing Mexico City and its environs — is growing more serious about cleaning up its act and going green.  The GDF finally issued the implementing regulation for its breakthrough waste law.  It published [...]

    Mexico’s Federal District Seeks to Avoid Water Crisis

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    [Temas Note: Yes, yes, I know, I'm supposed to be ignoring the computer while on vacation in the DR.  But it's raining cats and dogs today in Santo Domingo, which severely limits the fun and relaxation options, and I have access to a friend's computer and internet connection, so I thought I'd do a few [...]

    Update on Mexico’s Appliance Exchange Program

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    In January I posted about how Mexico has joined Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old refrigerators and/or air conditioners for newer, more efficient models.  Now the Energy Secretariat (SENER) reports that as of 23 July nearly 71,000 appliances had been replaced under the program.  The states with [...]

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