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    LAC Health Stats, Trends and Trivia

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    Which Latin American or Caribbean nation smokes or drinks the most? In which are you more likely to die from cancer than infectious diseases such as malaria or dengue? Which has the highest percentage of obese people? Which spends the most on the health of their citizens? If you you’ve ever wondered about such questions, […]

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    Climate Change May Slam the Caribbean

    Friday, June 13th, 2008

    The Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) and Tufts University have just released a report commissioned by the group Environment Defense (EDF) on the potential economic impact of global climate change on the Caribbean. The report comes soon after another by the Andean Community (CAN) on climate change’s economic impact on four Andean nations. One of the […]

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    WHO Calls for Complete Tobacco Ad Ban

    Friday, June 6th, 2008

    It was only a matter of time. World Health Organization (WHO) officials have long expressed the belief that one of the most effective tools in decreasing tobacco consumption is a a complete ban on all forms of advertising, promotion and sponsorship of tobacco products and bands. They wanted it in the Framework Convention on Tobacco […]

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    OECS Needs to Get Serious About Environmental Management

    Friday, September 28th, 2007

    Temas Foreword: The OECS is a collection of nine small island states (Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines) and territories (Anguilla, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat) in the Eastern Caribbean that cooperate in a variety of areas, including the environment (wastes, watershed management, environmental planning, etc.).  […]

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    Tackling Chronic Diseases in the Caribbean / Atacando enfermedades crónicas en el Caribe

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO): Campaign against Chronic Diseases Set for the Caribbean A major new campaign to fight chronic disease in the Caribbean is getting underway in an effort to stem "the worst epidemic of chronic diseases like heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes and chronic respiratory disease in the Americas," with the […]

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    Country Profiles of Environmental Burden of Disease for LAC

    Friday, August 3rd, 2007

    Several weeks ago the World Health Organization (WHO) released what it billed as "the first ever country-by-country analysis of the impact environmental factors have on health."  It phrased it that way ("country-by-country") because it released a more global analysis of the issue last year — in fact, that report was the subject of one of […]

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    The Real Significance of the OAS Declaration of Panama on Energy

    Friday, June 22nd, 2007

    Let’s Keep It in Perspective If you read about it in Biopact, you could be forgiven for coming away with the impression that the Organization of American States’ (OAS) Panama Declaration on Energy for Sustainable Development (English, Spanish, Portuguese) focussed mostly on biofuels. (It didn’t.) If you read some of the region’s traditional media reports, […]

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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 […]

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    Is Meeting the MDGs for Water & Sanitation Good Enough?

    Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

    This month the World Health Organization (WHO) released a progress report on meeting the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as they apply to access to “improved” water and sanitation, using data collected by the WHO/UNICEF joint Monitoring Programme (JMP). As the WHO report I recently reviewed on the linkage between environmental conditions and health […]

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    Eco-Certification for Tourism: The Role of Green Globe, Part II

    Thursday, September 14th, 2006

    In Part I, I explained what Green Globe (GG21) is, what must be done to win its certification, and what are the benefits derived therefrom. Here I focus in on the program’s relationship with hotels/resorts/inns in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), current and prospective. In Part III I’ll look at what is happening with […]

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