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  • LAC Farmlands Have More Tree Cover Than Most Suppose

    Monday, August 24th, 2009

    From the World Agroforestry Centre (WAC):
    While Farmers Frequently Blamed for Forest Loss, New Study Shows about Half of Farmlands Worldwide Have Significant Tree Cover

    Scientists Use Detailed Satellite Images to Reveal the Vital Role of Trees on One Billion Hectares of Agricultural Lands in Africa, Asia, the Americas and Europe

    Although agriculture, particularly in the developing world, […]

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    From Used Balloons and Gloves to New Rubber Products

    Sunday, July 5th, 2009

    Researchers from the Forest Products Laboratory (LPF) of Brazil’s Forestry Service (SFB) have demonstrated that they can recycle used latex gloves and party balloons by combining them with sawdust, in the process turning them into floor tiles, shoe soles, floor mats and other rubber artifacts.
    The cost of producing a floor sheet from these wastes is […]

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    Recovering Used Oil in Colombia

    Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

    Recently Colombia’s Environment Minister, Juan Lozano Ramírez, lauded an industry initiative in that country to collect and environmentally manage used motor oil and lubricants known as the Used Oil Fund (Fondo de Aceites Usados – FAU).  “This process is progressing successfully, ” declared Lozano, “because the trend now is, without a doubt, business strengthening that […]

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    CVRD Opts for Railroad Ties of Recycled Plastic

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Brazil’s largest logistics operator and owner of three of its railroads, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), has decided to start using ties made of recycled plastic and rubber rather than the traditional wood.  CVRD owns the railroads Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas (EFVM) and Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica (FCA), and […]

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    Brazilian Industry Attitudes About Environmental Regulation

    Wednesday, September 19th, 2007

    In a recent post I discussed the results for the southern Brazilian state of Santa Catarina (SC) of a special survey about industry’s environmental concerns conducted by the National Confederation of Industries (CNI). I’ve gotten my hands on the national level results for the survey, and thought I would pass them along.
    The survey updated […]

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