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  • 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 […]

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    Brazil a Leader in Green IT?

    Sunday, April 12th, 2009

    I ran across this interesting “green IT” study released last month by IBM and the Info-Tech Research Group during the course of my work on a chapter on power management issues for a forthcoming book on green IT (information technology).  Info-tech surveyed more than 1,000 IT executives at companies with 100-1,000 employees in 12 nations […]

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    A New Way to Fund Life-Saving Vaccines

    Friday, April 3rd, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    Funding New Vaccines To Save Millions Of Lives

    World Bank to Provide Financial Platform for Pilot Vaccine Program

    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a financial platform for a pilot vaccine program that will benefit millions of children in the developing world.
    The Advance Market Commitment (AMC) pilot will help accelerate the […]

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    Norway Provides US$110 mil. for Amazon Fund

    Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

    From the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES receives US$ 110 million from Norway for the Amazon Fund
    The President of the BNDES, the Brazilian Development Bank, Luciano Coutinho, signed the first donation agreement with the Norwegian government earmarked for the Amazon Fund. Through this agreement, the Fund managed by the BNDES will receive US$ 110 million (700 […]

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    UN to Fund Pilot REDD Programs

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    From UN-REDD:
    18 Million Dollars Approved Under UN-REDD Programme

    Funds Will Back Forestry Programmes Combating Climate Change and Boosting Local Livelihoods

    A United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests and boosting livelihoods in tropical nations has approved $18 million in support of five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
    The UN Reduced Emissions […]

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    Electric Cars for Colombia

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    First Chile, now Colombia.  Where next for electric cars in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)?
    The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that it is bringing the REVA electric car to […]

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    Electric Cars for Chile

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that as soon as the Chilean Transport Ministry (MTT) gives the formal go-ahead (expected by year-end), it will import 100% electric […]

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    Five LAC Nations Picked for Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

    In a recent post on the growing list of international carbon finance sources available to nations of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), I mentioned the new Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) recently created by the World Bank designed to combat deforestation and climate change at the same time. The Facility essentially will help […]

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    More Glass Packaging Recovery, Less Piracy?

    Sunday, October 7th, 2007

    When discussing recovery/recycling among packaging materials in Brazil, glass sometimes suffers by comparison. Brazil is a world leader in recycling PET and aluminum cans, and high among recyclers of corrugated cardboard (77%).
    Brazil’s 45% annual recycling rate for glass packaging is better than the glass packaging rate for the US (but then again, the US […]

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