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  • Mexico Launches Massive Refrigerator, Air Conditioner Exchange Program

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Mexico is joining Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old appliances for newer, more efficient models.  President Calderón and Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) have announced a 750 million peso expansion of its Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) pilot program which it has run […]

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    Mexico Takes Stock of its Wetlands

    Saturday, May 31st, 2008

    Mangroves matter.
    Why? Among other reasons:

    Their dense root systems keep sediment from rivers and off the land from going out to sea. This helps stabilize the coastline and provides some protection from hurricanes and tropical storms. [Studies have shown storm damage is usually greater in coastal areas where mangroves have been cleared.] […]

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    Morelos Gets a Comprehensive Waste Law

    Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

    The central Mexican state of Morelos (home of Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata) just adopted its own comprehensive state solid waste law.
    Since Mexico adopted its federal General Law for the Prevention and Integrated Management of Wastes in 2003, the Federal District (DF) and many states have adopted their own general waste laws, or else amended their […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green
    It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or […]

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    New Grant for Mexico’s National Protected Areas

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Mexico: World Bank Approves US$7.35 Million GEF Grant for National Protected Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a supplemental US$7.35 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for Mexico to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the consolidation of the National Protected Areas System.
    The new […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with […]

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    Mapping LAC’s Solar and Wind Power Potential

    Monday, September 18th, 2006

    In a recent discussion with a friend about whether Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) should invest heavily in nuclear power as part of its contribution to minimizing global climate change (the subject for a Temas blog some other day), he rejected the option of renewable energy sources — solar, wind, geothermal, wave, etc. […]

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