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    Walmart Goes Solar in Puerto Rico

    Monday, July 27th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Walmart and SunEdison Announce Solar Energy Pilot in Puerto Rico Largest Solar Energy Project to Help Puerto Rico Reach its Solar Potential
    Walmart Puerto Rico and SunEdison, North America’s largest solar energy services provider, today announced plans to deploy rooftop solar systems on five Walmart PR stores with the potential for 23 stores over […]

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    A New Green Globe Regime for Central America and the Caribbean

    Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

    From Green Globe International, Inc.:
    Green Globe International, Inc. Announces Partnership with Responsible Business Alliance (RBA) for Central American and Caribbean Markets
    Green Globe International, Inc., the worldwide owner of the Green Globe brand, has entered into an agreement with Responsible Business Alliance, a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) advisory partnership, for specified markets in Central America and […]

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    EPA Forces San Juan to Educate Other Cities on Proper Management of Used Oil and Fluorescents

    Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    An Agreement between EPA and the Municipality of San Juan Prompts Effort to Improve Waste Handling Island-Wide
    The general public, municipal employees and others will get the opportunity to learn to properly handle used oil, oil filters and mercury-containing bulbs and lamps, thanks to a settlement between the municipality of […]

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    EPA to Study Puerto Rico Waters

    Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    EPA to Study Puerto Rico Waters and Marine Habitat
    For nearly two weeks, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will study water, reefs and marine habitats in the Caribbean Sea around Puerto Rico.
    Starting today, EPA’s ocean survey vessel, the OSV BOLD, will conduct a series of scientific studies aimed at […]

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    Wal-Mart to Reduce Phosphates in Detergents, Promote Sustainable Packaging in Americas / Compromiso de Wal-Mart reducir fosfatos en detergente, promover envase más sustentables en las Américas

    Monday, January 26th, 2009

    From Wal-Mart:
    Wal-Mart Americas Aims to Reduce Detergent Phosphates 70%

    Company makes commitment to more sustainable packaging in the region

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. committed today to reduce phosphates in laundry and dish detergents in the Americas region by 70 percent by 2011. Wal-Mart also announced plans to accelerate its drive toward more sustainable packaging in the Americas region […]

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    Shell Chemical to Clean Up Its Plant in Puerto Rico

    Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

    From the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA):
    Shell to Pay $1 Million Penalty, Enhance Pollution Controls for Clean Water Act Violations in Puerto Rico
    Shell Chemical Yabucoa, Inc. of Puerto Rico has agreed to pay a $1,025,000 penalty and spend at least $273,800 enhancing its pollution controls and monitoring to remedy Clean Water Act violations. The agreement, […]

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    UNEP/CARICOM: Drastic Climate Change Consequences for Insular Caribbean / PNUMA/CARICOM: drásticas consecuencias por cambio climático en el Caribe Insular

    Saturday, December 27th, 2008

    Although this report (English only) was finished in October, it was formally unveiled at the global climate change talks in Poland in November, but did not get much media play because of all the other actions, initiatives, reports and declarations made in Poznan at the same time.  But it deserves much more attention and hopefully […]

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    LAC Consumer Protection Agencies Agree to Increase Cooperation

    Friday, December 26th, 2008

    When I wrote my Overview of Consumer Law in LAC and Overview of Consumer Authorities in LAC, I somehow overlooked any mention of regional efforts to get the consumer protection authorities (where they exist) to work together.  Let me rectify that first with this post here, and then with appropriate amendments to those two standalone […]

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    Progress Towards the Health MDGs in LAC / Progreso hacia los ODM relacionado con la salud en ALC

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently 14 United Nations (UN) agencies* released a report (English, Spanish) reviewing the status of efforts of Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) nations toward meeting the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
    The report addresses the following health-specific MDGs:

    reducing the under-five mortality rate by 2/3 between 1990 and 2015;
    reducing the maternal mortality ratio by 3/4 between 1990 […]

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    Puerto Rico Proposes Amending Its Waste Reduction/Recycling Regulation

    Monday, November 17th, 2008

    Puerto Rico’s Solid Waste Authority (Autoridad de Desperdicios Sólidos – ADS) has published for 30-day public comment its proposals to amend its Regulation for the Reduction, Re-use and Recycling of Solid Wastes in Puerto Rico.  The Regulation implemented a 1992 law, Law 70, which among other things required all business entities to practice recycling and to […]

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