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  • Stay at Marriott, Save the Brazilian Rainforest?

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2009

    From Marriott International:
    Green Your Marriott Hotel Stay for $1/Day: Help Preserve The Rainforest and Combat Climate Change
    In a bold move to help improve the climate, Marriott International, Inc. is launching a new way for guests to “green” their hotel stays. Now, when you book a room on www.Marriott.com or visit http://www.marriott.com/green-brazilian-rainforest.mi, you can offset […]

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    A Unique GEO for MEROSUR

    Tuesday, December 30th, 2008

    Last month a GEO for the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR or MERCOSUL) was finally unveiled with much fanfare by representatives of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) at the meeting of MERCOSUR Environment Ministers.
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment […]

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    The World Bank on LAC and Climate Change / El Banco Mundial sobre ALC y el cambio climático

    Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

    The World Bank‘s Vice President for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Pamela Cox, had some interesting things to say yesterday about LAC and global climate change at the European Union (EU) – Latin American Forum organized by France.* She said that LAC is
    producing about 6 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions and just over […]

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    IDB: Camisea May Save Peru’s Rainforest

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Well, I guess everyone should stop fretting.
    The IDB now says the Camisea natural gas project not only will not cause significant harm to Peru’s environment and isolated indigenous communities, but may actually be the catalyst for saving the Peruvian rainforest!
    Read all about it in the IDB’s magazine, IDBAmerica, and let me know if you […]

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    IDB Tries to Quiet Fears About Camisea Project

    Thursday, May 24th, 2007

    Last Thursday (17 May) the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released the results of an environmental and social audit (executive summary in Spanish; “fact sheet” in English and Spanish) and of an “integrity review” (executive summary in English; “fact sheet” in English and Spanish) of a natural gas pipeline project in Peru known as Camisea. […]

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    The World’s Largest Rainforest Park

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The North Amazon Mosiac of Protected Areas – Map by WWF

    Synopsis in English: On 28 February a French decree effectively created the world’s largest rainforest protected area in the northern Amazon. The decree created a 2-million hectare Parc Amazonien de Guyane (“Guyana Amazonian Park”) along the southern border of French Guiana, France’s “overseas department” […]

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    UNEP Honors Brazil’s Environment Minister as “Earth Champion”

    Friday, February 2nd, 2007

    The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) just announced its seven “Earth Champions” to honor in 2007, just ahead of its Governing Council (GC) meeting Nairobi. While I am sure most blogs and news reports will focus on Al Gore and/or the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this is The Temas Blog, so we’ll spotlight the […]

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    LAC News Bits and Pieces – Deforestation

    Wednesday, January 17th, 2007

    In recent weeks there have been several positive stories on the deforestation front in South America. Rather than recast the news, permit me to simply point to reliable sources on the items raised here. I am not at all reluctant to link and to give credit where I think it’s due.
    Brazil Gets Bold About […]

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    Human Pressure on the Amazonian Rainforest

    Tuesday, January 16th, 2007

    I’d like to recommend reading this month’s edition of National Geographic. It contains an interesting and well-done piece on human pressures on the Amazonian rainforest. An excerpt is available free online, but to read the entire article you have to buy the print edition. Also available online are some terrific photos, and […]

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