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    Brazil Producing Generic Version of Tamiflu

    Sunday, August 2nd, 2009

    Synopsis in English: Brazil’s Pharmaceutical Technology Institute (commonly known by its old name, Farmanguinhos), a subsidiary of the state-run public health entity Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (“Fiocruz“), has started producing capsules of oseltamivir phosphate, the generic version of the marketed by pharma multinational Roche as Tamiflu, for distribution by the Health Ministry (MS) to reference hospitals […]

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    Recycling Ozone-Depleting Substances

    Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

    This week the Regeneration and Recycling Center of the Northeast (Centro de Regeneração e Reciclagem do Nordeste – CRN) will be inaugurated  in the capital of Pernambuco state, Recife. The principal purpose of the CRN is to collect, purify and recycle chlorofluorocarbon 12 (CFC-12), primarily taken from old refrigerators.  The Center can also regenerate other […]

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    Computer Take-Back in Rio de Janeiro / A Lei Sobre E-lixo do Municipio de Rio de Janeiro

    Monday, June 22nd, 2009

    Last week the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro (MRJ) (population 6 million) became the first major Brazilian city to adopt an e-waste law.  The law is rather short and simple.  It requires manufacturers and suppliers of computers to receive in their offices, branches or headquarters in the City “obsolete” computers discarded by consumers.  The Law defines […]

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    São Paulo’s Car Emissions Inspection Regime Unconstitutional?

    Sunday, June 14th, 2009

    Stuck in a hotel lobby in the City of São Paulo, waiting since dawn to be allowed to check in my room, I have been catching up on my reading on Latin America environment, health and consumer affairs, in both electronic and print formats.  One of the electronic tidbits I found involves this very city: […]

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    Brazil Invests in International Research Cooperation on Second Generation Biofuels

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    Brazil will invest R$11.6 million (about US$ million at current exchange rates) in international research cooperation regarding second-generation biofuels with the 27 member states and the many associate states of the European Union (EU).  A request for proposals from the National Council for Scientific and Technological Development (CNPq) calls for projects that develop new production […]

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    World No Tobacco Day 09: Brazilian Research Shows Pictorial Warnings Work

    Thursday, May 28th, 2009

    The World Health Organization (WHO) chose the theme for the 2009 celebration of World No-Tobacco Day on 31 May as “Show the Truth. Picture Warnings Save Lives.”  How is Brazil celebrating the day?  The National Cancer Institute (INCA) released the preliminary results of a study they say shows that picture warnings on cigarette packs are […]

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    New Movement on Recycling Used Motor Oil Packaging in Brazil?

    Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

    Last year I posted about (slow-building) momentum in Brazil to collect and recycle the packaging that the new motor oil comes in, starting originally in 2003 in Rio de Janeiro (RJ) as a preemptive move by an industry group* and then expanded to Rio Grande do Sul (RS) in 2005, Paraná (PR) in 2007 and […]

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    Trash Photos XVI: Furniture Made with PET Bottles

    Sunday, April 26th, 2009

    Back in January I posted about making furniture made from scrap tires that serves not only to “upcycle” (as my friend Leila insists I call it!) waste but also to help unemployed or low-income Brazilians earn income.  At the time I intended to post a week or two later about similar projects involving furniture made […]

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    Rio Adopts Environmental Registry and Inspection Tax

    Sunday, April 19th, 2009

    Rio de Janeiro just became the latest Brazilian state to adopt a state-level version of the Federal Technical Registry (CTF) and Environmental Control and Inspection Tax (TCFA). The CTF was created by law in 2000 as a federal registry of industries and activities that the national environment authority, IBAMA, deems likely to produce pollution, and […]

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    Pesticide Residue Levels in Brazilian Food

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    Which fresh food sold in Brazil has been found most likely to present “irregular” pesticide residues — levels higher than those permitted by regulation, or even residues of pesticides banned or not authorized for use on the foodstuff it is found on? Peppers.  In 2008 more than 64% of the pepper samples analyzed by the […]

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