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    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 [...]

    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 [...]

    A Regional Waste Exchange for Central America

    Monday, August 3rd, 2009

    For years I’ve advocated establishing and heavily promoting subregional (or in the case of huge and diverse market of Brazil, at least a national) waste exchanges as one way to promote more reuse and recycling and to minimize wastage.  It certainly makes more sense than national waste exchanges, particularly in the case of a collection [...]

    Eye on Ads: Latin American Idol Urges Paper, Tetra-Pak Recycling

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    An interesting ad from Panama, featuring Margarita Henriquez Vuela, the 2008 Latin American Idol winner (this is the Latin American version of the hit US television contest, American Idol) from Panama.  Paper packaging manufacturers and Tetra-Pak, the lead manufacturer of aseptic packaging, are pushing a recycling campaign with Margarita as one of their spokespersons.

    World No Tobacco Day 09: PAHO Calls for All LAC Nations to Adopt Pictorial Warnings

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Calls for Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Packaging

    Countries urged to follow the lead of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela

    Graphic images depicting the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use should be mandatory on packaging for all tobacco products, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today on [...]

    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 [...]

    Mesoamerica Shows the Way to DDT-Free Malaria Control

    Thursday, May 7th, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) has confidently announced that they can still roll back malaria worldwide while phasing out the use of the hazardous pesticide Dichloro-Diphenyl-Trichloroethane (DDT) through the use of pesticide-free Integrated Vector Management (IVM) techniques.  Why is WHO so confident it can be done?  Because they have already successfully tested the proposition through [...]

    FONTAGRO to Fund IDB Studies on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    FONTAGRO extends agreement with IDB

    The Bank will manage the Fund until 2011 and finance climate change impact studies

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO, for its initials in Spanish) have extended until 2011 their agreement whereby the IDB will continue to manage the Fund, [...]

    An Energy Loan to Panama with Environmental Components / Un préstamo al sector energético panameño con componentes ambientales

    Thursday, March 19th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Panama to consolidate energy sector reforms with support from the IDB

    US$100 million loan will underpin the country’s growth and help reduce poverty

    Panama will consolidate reforms needed to ensure the sustainability of its energy supplies, underpin economic growth and reduce poverty with financial and technical support from the Inter-American Development Bank.
    The [...]

    ACODECO “Declares War on Junk Food”

    Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

    To commemorate World Consumer Rights Day, Panama’s Authority for Consumer Protection and Defense of Competition (ACODECO) hosted a forum on “No to the Marketing of Unhealthy Foods Targeted at Girls and Boys.”
    ACODECO’s Administrator, Pedro Meilán, opened the forum by noting the Authority’s role in protecting consumers in Panama and the alarming fact that Panama is [...]

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