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    World Bank: Climate Change Adaptation Could Cost $75-100 bn/yr / Banco Mundial: la adaptación al cambio climático costará US$75.000-100.000 millones al año

    Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

    From the  World Bank:
    Adapting to Climate Change to Cost US$75-100 Billion a year

    New global estimate for cost of adaptation to climate change in developing countries

    The costs of adaptation to climate change in developing countries will be in the order of US$75-100 billion per year for the period 2010 to 2050 according to preliminary findings in [...]

    Latin America’s First Hydrogen Bus

    Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

    Brazil is known for many “green” experiments and firsts in transportation.  Think of Curitiba’s groundbreaking work on bus rapid transit, Brazil’s pioneering work on sugarcane ethanol and use of flex-fuel vehicles, the country’s aggressive biodiesel program, Vale’s trains run on biodiesel, Itaipu’s development of electric cars that can be charged from biodigestors, and the use [...]

    LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
    What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded [...]

    Could Ecosystem Service Payments Save the Amazon?

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From WWF:
    Amazon could prosper thanks to emission payments, be lost without
    Global payments for ecological services rendered by the Amazon such as the carbon retaining in its forests could go a long way to preserving them, a new study has found.
    Keeping the Amazon forests standing: a matter of values, carried by the Copernicus Institute of the [...]

    Brazilian Export of Organic Produce

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry (MAPA) reports that between August 2006 and September 2008 Brazil exported 37,000 metric tons of organic produce worth about US$26.7 million, 32% of it to The Netherlands, 15% to Switzerland, 12% to the US and 7% to the UK.  Over half (56%) of the exports were organic soy.  Organic exports in 2007 [...]

    More LAC Nations Covered by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Temas Note: When the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was first officially announced by the World Bank a few months ago, only five Latin American nations (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama) were to participate. Because of strong interest in the Facility, it has been decided recently to expand its developing country participants, and as [...]

    WHO: Electronic Cigarettes Not Legit Therapy / OMS: cigarrilos electrónicos no son tratamiento legítimo

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    From the World Health Organization (WHO):
    Marketers of electronic cigarettes should halt unproved therapy claims
    Contrary to what some marketers of the electronic cigarette imply in their advertisements, the World Health Organization (WHO) does not consider it to be a legitimate therapy for smokers trying to quit.
    “The electronic cigarette is not a proven nicotine replacement therapy,” said [...]

    LAC Meeting on Norm for Energy Management

    Thursday, August 21st, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Last February (while The Temas Blog was on hiatus) the International Standards Organization (ISO) decided to create a new project committee (PC 242 – Energy Management) to develop a new ISO management standard — already designated ISO 50001 — on energy management. The standard will aim at a certifiable approach to [...]

    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some [...]

    An Innovative Watershed Management Model in Guatemala / Modelo innovador para la gestión de cuencas en Guatemala

    Saturday, September 15th, 2007

    From WWF-Central America:
    CARE and WWF launch an innovative business model for conserving water and promoting poverty reduction in Guatemala
    Communities and the municipality unite to execute a pilot project for the equitable compensation of hydrological services in the Sierra de las Minas zone of Guatemala
    Five communities of the municipality of Teculután with more than 3,000 people [...]

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