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  • Economic Growth Model is Rapidly Transforming/Degrading the Amazon

    Thursday, February 19th, 2009

    From the UN Environment Programme (UNEP):
    A Strong Impact is Made on the Amazonia by its Economic Growth Model

    However, responses by the governments of Amazonian countries indicate that efforts are under way on concrete action to deal with their environmental challenges.
    The population is increasing, reaching a level of 33.5 million inhabitants in 2007.
    Cities grew at an […]

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    A Cempre for Colombia

    Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

    When I started research on the first edition of my book on waste and recycling policy in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) back in 1997, one of the first places I turned for information was Brazil’s Business Commitment to Recycling (Compromisso Empresarial para Reciclagem – Cempre).  It was still located in Rio de Janeiro […]

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    Helping Belize Clean Up Its Act

    Monday, November 24th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    Belize will improve Solid Waste Management with IDB Support
    Program will build new waste disposal facilities in the country’s Western Corridor
    Belize will receive a US$11,150,000 loan from the Inter American Development Bank (IDB) to improve solid waste management practices, reduce environmental pollution and enhance the image of Belize in the eco-tourism […]

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    IDB Grants to Jump-Start Water & Sanitation Projects / Donaciones del BID para impulsar proyectos de agua y saneamiento / Doações do BID para projetos de saneamento e água

    Sunday, September 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development (IDB):
    IDB offers grants to jump-start water and sanitation projects
    Aquafund will finance project preparation and technical assistance to develop solutions for pressing water and sanitation problems
    Latin American and Caribbean governments that want to improve water and sanitation services can now apply for grants from the Aquafund, a new source of financing approved […]

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    Mexico’s Eco-Partnership with California

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    In February, when this blog was on hiatus while I worked on projects and expanding/updating the main Temas site, Mexico and the State of California signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” (MOU) on cooperation in environmental matters.
    To be honest, I didn’t pay it much attention at the time. Not just because I was busy with […]

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    Uruguay Gets Its GEO

    Friday, July 25th, 2008

    Earlier this month Uruguay’s GEO was finally unveiled with much fanfare by top Uruguayan environment officials and the local representative of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
    What’s a GEO? It’s probably the best known type of comprehensive environmental diagnosis available. “GEO” was the acronym for “Global Environment Outlook” first prepared by the […]

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    The 2007 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Islands Magazine have announced the opening of nominations for the “Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award” for 2007.
    The award, open to persons, organizations and companies in CTO member countries, recognizes unique and attractive tourism products that embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values, and which help to enhance tourism product offerings.
    Tourism […]

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    São Paulo Requires Use of Recycled Construction Materials / Uso de entulho reciclado torna-se obrigatório em São Paulo

    Saturday, December 30th, 2006

    Synopsis in English: The new Mayor of the Municipality of São Paulo (MSP) has signed a decree making it mandatory for contractors providing paving services in the mega-city of over 11 million (and 588 sq. mi. of area) to utilize recycled materials — i.e., recovered construction and demolition (C&D) wastes. MSP generates about 17,000 […]

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    Welcome to the Temas Blog / Bienvenido al Blog de Temas / Bem-vindo ao Blog de Temas

    Saturday, August 26th, 2006

    Welcome to the Temas Blog!
    My name is Keith Ripley. I am launching this blog for the same basic reason I originally launched my website, temasactuales.com — because I couldn’t find anything like it on the web.
    This blog will be devoted to a discussion of evolving law and policy on consumer protection, environmental protection and public […]

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