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    IDB Backs Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative / BID respalda Iniciativa para la Transparencia en las Industrias Extractivas / BID endossa Iniciativa pela Transparência nas Indústrias Extrativistas

    Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB Backs Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative
    The Inter-American Development Bank has endorsed the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), which encourages governments and companies to disclose revenues and payments generated by oil, gas, and mining industries.
    The endorsement was approved today by the IDB’s Board of Executive Directors.
    EITI is a global initiative to […]

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    Vale Invests Heavily in Biodiesel from Palm Oil

    Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

    Desde Vale:
    Vale vai investir na produção de biodiesel

    Consórcio será o maior produtor de óleo de palma das Américas

    A Vale acaba de dar mais um passo em busca de uma matriz energética mais sustentável. A empresa anuncia hoje (24/06) o consórcio com a Biopalma da Amazônia S.A para produzir óleo de palma, matéria-prima para obtenção de […]

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    Trash Photos XVI: Furniture Made with PET Bottles

    Sunday, April 26th, 2009

    Back in January I posted about making furniture made from scrap tires that serves not only to “upcycle” (as my friend Leila insists I call it!) waste but also to help unemployed or low-income Brazilians earn income.  At the time I intended to post a week or two later about similar projects involving furniture made […]

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    Fuel Efficiency Labels Hit Brazilian Market

    Friday, April 17th, 2009

    Brazil today presented the first vehicles that will bear the new fuel efficiency labels developed by the National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO). Brazil was the first to develop a fuel efficiency label for cars, although Chile is also headed in that direction. At the ceremony five manufacturers — Fiat, GM (Chevrolet), […]

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    Brazil Creates 22 New National Research Institutes

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq) just announced the creation of 22 new National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs), bringing the number of such national institutes to 123, with total financial resources for R&D of R$581 million.  Nine of the new INCTs will go to São Paulo (SP), four […]

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    BNDES to Help Solve COMPERJ’s Waste Issues / BNDES ajuda definir destino de resíduos gerados pelo COMPERJ

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    From the National Development Bank (BNDES):
    BNDES entered a technical cooperation with Rio de Janeiro to set the destination of the waste produced by COMPERJ
    This morning, the 17th, BNDES Social Inclusion director, Elvio Gaspar, signed two technical cooperation agreements with the State of Rio de Janeiro, jointly with Rio de Janeiro governor, Sérgio Cabral. In the […]

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    Recovering Used Oil in Colombia

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, lauded an industry initiative in that country to collect and environmentally manage used motor oil and lubricants known as the Used Oil Fund (Fondo de Aceites Usados – FAU).  “This process is progressing successfully, ” declared Lozano, “because the trend now is, without a doubt, business strengthening that […]

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    Brazil to Start Second Generation Biofuel Production by 2015

    Saturday, October 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The industrial director of Petrobras Biofuels recently declared that his company will enter into commercial production of second-generation biofuels by 2015.  The company is conducting priority research in cooperation with Petrobras Research (CENPRES) into developing cellulosic ethanol utilizing wastes such as sugarcane bagasse.  “This process will permit increasing production 60% using the […]

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    Brazil Now Third Largest Biodiesel Producer

    Sunday, August 24th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: The Brazilian Presidency proudly proclaims that Brazil is now the third largest producer of biodeisel behind Germany and the US.
    Brazil now has 41 biodiesel production plants in commercial operation and 52 plants in the process of getting authorization from the National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuel Agency (Agência Nacional de Petróleo, Gás […]

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    Gas Flaring, LAC & Climate Change

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Take a look at the two images to the right. The first is of an offshore platform flaring gas. The second (click to enlarge) is a computer-enhanced satellite photo of gas flaring off the coast of Trinidad and Tobago. Yes, if you use the right technique, you now can document flaring from […]

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