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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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    Serra’s 21 Strategic Environmental Projects for São Paulo

    Monday, April 9th, 2007

    On 02 April the new Governor of São Paulo, José Serra [Brazilian Social Democratic Party (Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira – PSDB)], announced a series of 21 “strategic environmental projects” he said will guide his Administration and help one of Latin America’s biggest economies — and still the industrial and agricultural powerhouse of Brazil (accounting […]

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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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    Will Lima Breathe Easier?

    Saturday, October 14th, 2006

    Lima Is Not for Asthmatics
    A recent post in Ecoperu warned that walking through Lima’s city center could prove hazardous to your health due to contaminants in the air that exceed international standards.
    I was a bit taken aback by this statement. It’s been over three years since I last walked Lima’s center, so maybe my […]

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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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