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    Mexico Launches Massive Refrigerator, Air Conditioner Exchange Program

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Mexico is joining Brazil and Colombia in launching programs to get citizens to hand in their old appliances for newer, more efficient models.  President Calderón and Mexico’s Energy Secretariat (SENER) have announced a 750 million peso expansion of its Ahorra Energía para Vivir Mejor (“Save Energy to Liver Better”) pilot program which it has run […]

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    US$5.44 Mil. for Mexico’s Protected Areas / US$5.44 millones más para las Áreas Protegidas en México

    Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

    From the World Bank:
    Additional US$5.44 Million For National Protected Areas System In Mexico
    Twelve new areas with invaluable biospheres will be incorporated
    The World Bank’s Executive Board of Directors approved today an additional grant for US$5.44 million from the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) in order to assist the Mexican government; Mexico’s Development Banking Institution, Nacional Financiera, and […]

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    US-Mexico State Partnership on Climate Change & Air Pollution?

    Friday, September 26th, 2008

    Last month Mexico’s Environment Secretary, Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada, suggested even closer cooperation on climate change and air pollution issues between the states on both sides of the US-Mexico border.  Speaking at the Border Governors Conference in Hollywood, California, Elvira Quesada proposed that the six Mexican border states (Baja California, Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo León, Sonora, […]

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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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    Tire Mountains as a Border Issue

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    If you you’re not a waste specialist (“garbologist”) or waste nut (like me), then you might have missed this one or not understood its significance even if you did hear of it.
    End-of-life (EOL) tires — called “scrap tires” by industry but often referred to as “waste tires” by regulators — have bedeviled environmental authorities and […]

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    Mexico to Take US to the Hague Over Border Wall…Because of Environmental Impact???

    Tuesday, July 31st, 2007

    The Environment Secretariat (SEMARNAT) of Mexico has announced that it may take the United States to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) at The Hague over the wall the US is trying to build along the border with Mexico. The rationale behind their case: alleged environmental damage to the desert ecosystem in Sonora and […]

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    Environment Provisions in LAC Constitutions

    Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007

    Enshrining the Green
    It is by now common to most constitutions in Ibero-American LAC — including many of the state and provincial constitutions in federal republics of Argentina, Brazil and Mexico — to have environmental provisions, although they differ in content, context, clarity and detail. Most of these provisions are minimal, and have one or more […]

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    New Grant for Mexico’s National Protected Areas

    Friday, June 29th, 2007

    From the World Bank:
    Mexico: World Bank Approves US$7.35 Million GEF Grant for National Protected Areas
    The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors today approved a supplemental US$7.35 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for Mexico to promote the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity through the consolidation of the National Protected Areas System.
    The new […]

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    The Basics II, Foundations: Is a Constitutional Provision on the Environment Necessary?

    Thursday, June 28th, 2007

    I had in the backlog queue a “Basics” piece on the importance of setting a solid environmental governance foundation through adoption of properly crafted and targeted laws, but held off publishing it for Temas administrative reasons I will not go into here. In the meantime, however, the Dominican Republic (DR) has come forward with […]

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    GEF Funds Solar in Mexico / FMAM Hace Donación a México para Energía Solar

    Friday, October 6th, 2006

    From the World Bank:

    World Bank Approves $49.35 Million for Solar Thermal Energy
    WASHINGTON, October 5, 2006—The World Bank’s Board of Directors approved today a $49.35 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) for Mexico to demonstrate the operation of a low greenhouse-gas-emitting innovative technology.
    The Solar Thermal Project Agua Prieta II seeks to demonstrate the […]

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