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    Minas Releases Its Own Greenhouse Gas Inventory

    Sunday, November 30th, 2008

    Earlier this year the Brazilian state of MInas Gerais (MG) released an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in 2005.  I found this inventory interesting and this you might too.  MG has a more diverse economy than most Brazilian states, being a leader in agriculture, mining and industry, all with different impacts on GHG emissions.  […]

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    IDB Help for Sanitation & Waste Management in Manaus / Apoio do BID para Saneamento e Gestão dos Resíduos em Manaus

    Friday, August 8th, 2008

    Temas Observations: Two small points about this loan: (1) this loan comes close on the heels of Fiocruz’s announcement of a major program to assess the environment and health challenges facing Manaus; (2) the loan was made to Amazonas state, not the municipality or the federal government.
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    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Brazil’s Amazonas gets IDB […]

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    Improving Environment, Water & Sanitation Management in São Luís

    Friday, July 18th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Brazil: Improved Living Conditions and Employment Generation for over 40,000 Poor Urban Families in São Luís
    Project to promote city competitiveness and upgrade housing and sanitation in one of the Brazil’s poorest states
    The World Bank approved yesterday a loan of US$ 35.6 million for the São Luis Enhancing Municipal Governance and Quality of […]

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    Inequities in Water and Sanitation Services in Argentina

    Thursday, October 4th, 2007

    Not too long ago an Argentine think tank, the Center for the Implementation of Public Policies for Equity and Growth (Centro de Implementación de Políticas Públicas para la Equidad y el Crecimento – CIPPEC), released a report* analyzing the provision of potable water and sanitation services within Argentina. 
    The CIPPEC analysis demonstrates, to my mind, […]

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    Can a Huge Luxury Resort = Sustainable Tourism?

    Wednesday, September 26th, 2007

    Can a 650-acre seaside luxury resort in Costa Rica be a full-fledged "sustainable tourism" destination? 
    Steve Case, the co-founder of America Online (AOL), says it can.
    Case launched the company Revolution LLC  in 2005 "to build companies based on disruptive business models that give people more choice, control and convenience in the important aspects of their […]

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    Loan for Rural Sanitation in Chile / Préstamo para saneamiento rural en Chile

    Wednesday, July 18th, 2007

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB announces $100 million loan to Chile for rural sanitation program
    Project to reduce deficit of potable water and sewerage systems
    The Inter-American Development Bank approved today a $100 million loan to Chile for a rural sanitation program to improve the quality of life of people living in dispersed communities. The program […]

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    Improving Water and Sanitation in Minas Gerais / Melhorar tratamento de água e esgoto em Minas

    Tuesday, July 10th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Sanitation Company of Minas Gerais (Companhia de Saneamento de Minas Gerais – Copasa), the third largest water and sanitation firm in Brazil, just announced that it has obtained financing to improve water distribution and sewage systems for 26 municipalities in the state from two sources. The first, involving R$180 […]

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    Camisea Revisited

    Thursday, July 5th, 2007

    On 04 June a public hearing at Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) headquarters in Washington, D.C. was held on the recently released audit reports of the controversial Camisea project in Peru.
    The official IDB summary of the meeting (in Spanish only) is a bit difficult to find on the Bank’s special website on Camisea (unless of course […]

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    A Groundbreaking Carbon Deal for Bolivia / Un Convenio Innovador de Créditos de Carbono para Bolivia

    Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Bolivia: Innovative Approach Will Reduce Emissions Affecting the Climate
    World Bank’s Community Development Carbon Fund will purchase 200,000 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent
    Revenues will be used for improved social services
    An emissions reductions purchase agreement (ERPA) was signed today between the Community Development Carbon Fund (CDCF) which is managed by the World Bank, and […]

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    Bush Asks Senate to Ratify Caribbean Pact on Marine Pollution

    Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

    Been meaning to get this out for nearly three weeks!  This is actually rare good international environment news from the Bush White House.  Implementation of the 1983 Cartagena Convention's 1999 Protocol on Pollution from Land-based Sources and Activities (LBS) has been hampered by US hesitation to ratify the Protocol. 
    The LBS, in fact, has […]

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