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  • US$330 to Improve Environmental Management in Peru / US$330 para mejorar gestion ambiental en el Peru

    Tuesday, February 17th, 2009

    From the World Bank:
    US$330 Million to Support the Environment

    Program components include environmental management, mining, biodiversity, urban transport and fisheries

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$330 loan million to Peru to strengthen the new Ministry of the Environment and improve environmental management in key sectors of the Peruvian economy, including mining, urban […]

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    Minas Moves to Improve Air Quality

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The State Environment Foundation (FEAM) of Minas Gerais (MG) is upgrading its monitoring of air quality in this key Brazilian state.  All its automated measurements will be conducted around the clock 365 days a year, with results accessible via the internet soon to be more frequent than daily.
    This includes new monitoring […]

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    ¿Se recupera el aire bogotano? / Is Bogotá’s Air Recovering?

    Friday, November 28th, 2008

    Bogotá’s environment authority, SDA, just issued a release declaring that the city’s air is getting better.  Their evidence that is so?  First, that the sulfur content in diesel fuel sold in the capital has fallen from 500 parts per million (ppm) this past July to 231 ppm in October.  They attribute the drop to the […]

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    Country Profiles of Environmental Burden of Disease for LAC

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

    Several weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) released what it billed as "the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health."  It phrased it that way ("country-by-country") because it released a more global analysis of the issue last year — in fact, that report was the subject of one of […]

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    A Deal to Improve Bogotá’s Air

    Thursday, July 26th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Environment Ministry and the City of Bogotá signed an agreement aimed at improving air quality in the nation’s capital. Under the accord the two will collaborate to (1) design an Air Quality Information System (SISAIRE); (2) characterize (identify types, levels, concentrations, sources, etc.) of airborne particulate matter in the city; […]

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    Temas Reading List: Air Quality

    Friday, March 16th, 2007

    Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/OPS). Evaluación de los Efectos de la Contaminación del Aire en la Salud de América Latina y el Caribe. 2005. Spanish. 72pp
    This is the first region-wide technical assessment of air pollution in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, and its impact on the health of its inhabitants. […]

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    WHO to Policymakers: Clear the Air

    Thursday, October 12th, 2006

    Last week the World Health Organization (WHO) challenged governments worldwide: save millions of lives by tightening your air quality standards.
    WHO issued the challenge while releasing the first major overhaul of its widely-observed Air Quality Guidelines (AQGs) since 1997. WHO first released AQGs in 1987 in response to requests from governments for some guidance on […]

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    Quantifying the Health Impact of Poor Environmental Management

    Wednesday, September 6th, 2006

    The Geneva-based World Health Organization (WHO) recently released an interesting report on the linkages between environmental conditions and public health. It should be required reading for health, environment and aid officials and policymakers in all nations, but particularly in developing nations such as those in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). It certainly […]

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