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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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    The State of LAC’s Forests

    Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has just released State of the World’s Forests 2009 (English, Spanish), the latest update of its annual overview of forest resources worldwide.  While it does not shed significant new light or offer new data on forest cover and the state of deforestation in Latin America and the Caribbean […]

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    Temas Reading List: Mining

    Thursday, May 22nd, 2008

    International Human Rights Clinic, Harvard Law School. All That Glitters: Gold Mining in Guyana. 2007. English. 73 pp.
    A well-organized, easy-to-read, logically- and well-written report that looks at the shortcomings of the current gold mining regime in Guyana — its environmental, health and social impacts — as well as certain “structural impediments” (judicial system, […]

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    Temas Reading List: Hazardous Substances

    Tuesday, May 15th, 2007

    Cortinas de Nava, Dr. Cristina. Los Contaminantes Orgánicos Persistentes: Una Visión Regional. Published by the National Chamber of Deputies delegation of the Green Party of Mexico (PVEM). Spanish. 2003. 324pp.
    In a prior Mexican government, Dr. Cortinas was in charge of policy regarding wastes and hazardous substances, and knows well both […]

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    Combatting Deforestation I: How Bad Is It in LAC?

    Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

    In my “confession and foreword” to the series on deforestation in LAC, I promised to begin with a look at the current state of knowledge about the rate and magnitude of deforestation in in the region. Here is my stab at this topic, building on an entry I originally sketched out last November regarding […]

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    More LAC Wind and Solar Maps

    Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

    A few months back I did a post on what wind and solar power potential maps for the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) countries could be found on the internet, and promised updates on others as I found them. Well, it might take me awhile to do so, but I usually do come […]

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    “Up in Smoke” PostScript: Related Materials on Climate Change and LAC

    Saturday, September 30th, 2006

    It’s been suggested to me to post some recommendations for follow-up reading and resources related to the review I did on the “Up in Smoke” report on probable impact of global climate change on Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).
    I’m a bit hesitant to do so because

    I don’t consider myself to be an authority on […]

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