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    A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
    Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
    A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

    Linkages Between Trade and Climate Change / Vinculos entre el comercio y el cambio climático

    Friday, June 26th, 2009

    From the World Trade Organization (WTO):
    WTO and UNEP launch a report explaining for the first time the connections between trade and climate change

    The world cannot continue with “business as usual” and there is a profound need for a successful conclusion to the current negotiations on both climate change and trade opening.

    The WTO/UNEP report on “Trade [...]

    An Online Database of Marine Protected Areas / Un base de datos online sobre las áreas marinas protegidas

    Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    UNEP launches new online system to view and study the world’s marine protected areas

    UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre in Cambridge, UK

    At a time when the world’s oceans are facing unprecedented pressures from human impacts in the marine environment, a new decision-making tool is being launched to provide the most current [...]

    Trends in Clean Energy Investment

    Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    Economic Crisis Hits EU and US Clean Energy As Emerging Economy Investments Rise 27% to $36 billion

    However Renewables Draw More Investment than Fossil-Fueled Energy Technologies in ’08
    Geothermal Sees Fastest Growth – Wind Power Tops Overall Investment, Solar Posts Largest Gains

    $155 billion was invested in 2008 in clean energy companies and [...]

    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 [...]

    FAO: Bioenergy Can Benefit Rural Poor / La bioenergía puede beneficiar a los pobres rurales

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study showing that bioenergy projects can benefit the rural poor. The study looks at 15 case studies in 12 nations in six regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to examine the impacts that different types of local level Bioenergy initiatives can have on [...]

    UN to Fund Pilot REDD Programs

    Wednesday, March 18th, 2009

    From UN-REDD:
    18 Million Dollars Approved Under UN-REDD Programme

    Funds Will Back Forestry Programmes Combating Climate Change and Boosting Local Livelihoods

    A United Nations programme aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from forests and boosting livelihoods in tropical nations has approved $18 million in support of five pilot countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America.
    The UN Reduced Emissions [...]

    Preparing for Accidents with Hazardous Substances

    Monday, March 16th, 2009

    Recently I posted about about how Brazilian states are slowly taking up their responsibility under a 2004 federal decree to create state-level committees or commissions on the Prevention of, Preparation for and Response to Environmental Emergencies Involving Hazardous Chemicals Products (“P2R2″).
    I think perhaps I might have left the mistaken impressions that (1) Brazil had [...]

    Swiss to Help Minas Prepare E-waste Diagnosis

    Monday, March 9th, 2009

    The government of Brazil’s Minas Gerais state wants to regulate waste electronic and electrical equipment (WEEE, or “e-waste” or “e-scrap”), and with their new state waste policy law, they have ample authority to do so. There’s just one problem: they are not sure of the full extent and nature of the e-waste problem in [...]

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