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  • Colombia’s Surprising New Tobacco Control Law

    Friday, July 24th, 2009

    Colombia has just passed a law on tobacco that is, well, surpising, given the language of the original bill and how strongly the industry lobby fought against against any amendments to toughen it.
    Among other things, the new law:

    bans sales to minors of any tobacco product, and requires vendors to check for proof of age;
    bans placement […]

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    The Outlook for Biodiesel in Central America

    Sunday, October 14th, 2007

    The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC/CEPAL) recently released a report* it commissioned from a consultant that evaluates the prospects for biodiesel development in Central America generally, and individually in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.  All four nations have expressed strong interest in replacing imported fossil fuels with locally […]

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    New Rules for Used Oil Recycling in Brazil

    Sunday, September 23rd, 2007

    At the end of August Brazil published an inter-ministerial portaria setting minimum parameters for the collection of used or contaminated oil (lubricants). A portaria is an administrative rule implementing a regulatory measure — usually adopted by a single ministry or agency, except where the subject matter (such as this one) cuts across several jurisdictions […]

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    A Sustainable Energy Plan for Barbados?

    Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

    In an earlier article, I looked at the sustainability of Brazil’s long-range energy plans. Today I examine Barbados’ recently announced 20-year plans.
    The government of Prime Minister Owen Arthur recently presented to Parliament a ambitious draft national energy plan that has numerous environmental elements in it. While some have applauded its stated intentions […]

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    Two ECLAC Technical Studies on Biofuels / Dos estudios técnicos de CEPAL sobre biocombustibles

    Tuesday, December 12th, 2006

    It’s the second week of December already, and I still have so many draft posts in the queue from this autumn (Sept.-Nov.) that I really should finish and publish, so don’t be surprised if entries start coming fast-and-furious, particularly shorter ones briefly presenting and/or commenting on studies and reports pertinent to environmental, health or consumer […]

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