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    Judges Agree: LAC Bench Needs Jurists Better Prepared for Environment Cases

    Sunday, January 25th, 2009

    The Fifth World Forum of Judges just concluded against the backdrop of the annual World Social Forum (WSF) in Belem, Brazil.  Since the site of this year’s WSF, Belem, sits at the mouth of the Amazon River, the Judges Forum prominently featured sessions on the role of the bench in protecting the Amazon. The Judges […]

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    Brazil to Release GHG Inventory for Waste & Sanitation Sectors / Brasil vai divulgar dados sobre a emissão de gases de efeito estufa do setor de resíduos sólidos e efluentes

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    While many developing nations — including most Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations — are content to submit the minimum communication required under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Brazil has not taken the easy route.  If you check the Temas listing of national greenhouse gas (GHG) inventories,  you’ll see that no less […]

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    Recycling Used Motor Oil Packaging in Brazil

    Thursday, December 25th, 2008

    In past posts I’ve discussed how recovery of used motor oil is still in its early stages in Latin American nations such as Brazil and Colombia.  But that’s only part of the waste problem generated by the lubricants we use in motor vehicles.  There’s also the packaging that the new motor oil comes in, the […]

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    Paraná Bans Smoking in Areas Intended for Children

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The governor of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná just signed a law that bans smoking inside vehicles transporting children or at any commercial establishment or event intended for children.  The new instrument is considered a complement to Paraná’s 2005 law on smoking in public places.  In all probability other Brazilian states […]

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    Paraná Ratches Up Pressure on Packaging

    Monday, November 3rd, 2008

    I’ve discussed several times here in The Temas Blog the carrot-and-stick approach the environmental authorities of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná (PR) take on different post-consumer waste streams, including electronics, glass packaging, long-neck beer bottles, Tetra Pak aseptic packaging, fluorescent lamps and pesticide packaging.  You might notice that most of these categories are packaging […]

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    Not Always Easy Buying Recycled

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    The basic idea was straightforward: stimulate recycling by requiring all state agencies, entities and offices to buy only paper products with high recycled content (50%). That was the requirement set by a new law adopted by the southern Brazilian state of Paraná in November 2007.  The Law said that it must apply to all paper […]

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    Brazilian Resistance to Beer in PET Bottles

    Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

    Brazilian brewers wanting to market their beers in PET bottles are not having a good year.  First a court ruling that such bottles pose a significant risk to the environment, and therefore require environmental impact studies and licensing.  Then a state ban on pigmented PET, and now a looming state ban on PET bottles for […]

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    Paraná Takes Aim on New Beer Packaging

    Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008

    First aseptic cartons, then long-necked beer bottles, now one-liter glass beer bottles.  Hmmm, do you think maybe Paraná environment officials are focused on packaging waste issues? Earlier this month Paraná’s Environment Secretary, Rasca Rodrigues, again used the press to get a company to the negotiating table.  He publicly attacked the new one-liter beer bottle — […]

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    Promoting Tourism in Brazil’s National Parks

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Environment Minister Carlos Minc recently announced a package of R$50 million to stimulate ecotourism in six federal conservation units (unidades de conservação federais – UCFs) with a view to investing in infrastructure (primarily visitor centers, belvederes and guided trails) and contracting concessions for visitors services (restaurants, guides, etc.).  Adventure tourism will also […]

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    Generating Power from Sewage Treatment Stations

    Tuesday, September 9th, 2008

    The idea has been around awhile among industry experts: find a way to capture the methane normally released from sewage treatment plants, and utilize it to generate power while cutting or eliminating the plant’s releases of a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) — and perhaps get carbon credits for doing so.  But the Sanitation Company of […]

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