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    Uruguay Closer to Plastic Bag Law

    Saturday, September 19th, 2009

    This week Uruguay came one step closer to restricting the use of plastic carry bags in the nation’s retail establishments.
    On the 17th the Chamber of Deputies approved a law that would require all supermarkets, hypermarkets, shopping centers, markets and stores in general to only use carry bags for their merchandise that is either degradable, biodegradable […]

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    Ceará Limits Public Smoking

    Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

    Today Ceará (CE) became the latest Brazilian state (after São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) to severely restrict smoking in public areas.  The governor signed a law that prohibits smoking any product, whether derived from tobacco or not, in “collective enclosures” except in segregated areas that have a physical barrier separating them from nonsmokers with […]

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    A Smokeless Rio?

    Monday, August 17th, 2009

    If you’ve ever been to Rio de Janeiro (RJ), you know that it’s not exactly a nonsmoker’s paradise.  Despite all the health warnings and studies issued over the years, quite a bit of smoking still occurs in public places within the state.
    Not for much longer.
    Or at least that’s the stated legislative intent of the measure […]

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    Brazil Bans Sale of Formaldehyde

    Friday, June 19th, 2009

    If you are a woman who goes frequently to a hair salon — and all latinas I know do –chances are very good that you have heard of, or have even had, the popular “Brazilian blowout,” also known as Brazilian keratin treatment or escova progressiva (progressive blow-dry).
    But did you know that many (if not most) […]

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    A Scorecard for Sustainable Palm Oil

    Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

    From the WWF:
    WWF to grade palm oil buyers
    Only one percent of the sustainable palm oil available on the market has been bought, according to new figures released by the WWF today.
    In a bid to speed up this “sluggish performance”, WWF will assess the world’s major users of palm oil over the next six months and […]

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    Challenges to Sustainable Agriculture in LAC

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    I am in New York attending the Seventh Session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD-17). This Session is focused on the thematic cluster of agriculture, rural development, land, drought, desertification and Africa. As is the case with the opening day of most such international fora, today all too many opening […]

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    Pesticide Residue Levels in Brazilian Food

    Wednesday, April 15th, 2009

    Which fresh food sold in Brazil has been found most likely to present “irregular” pesticide residues — levels higher than those permitted by regulation, or even residues of pesticides banned or not authorized for use on the foodstuff it is found on?
    Peppers.  In 2008 more than 64% of the pepper samples analyzed by the National […]

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    SEAM Proposes Supermarket Role in Changing Waste Management

    Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

    Paraguay’s Environment Minister José Luis Casaccia met with representatives of the Paraguayan Chamber of Supermarkets (CAPASU) to push for all supermarkets in the country to

    promote the use of reusable cloth bags for carrying away the products they buy, rather than polyethylene bags, which the Environment Secretariat (SEAM) considers a major sort of litter in the […]

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    Rio Gets Supermarkets to Become Recycling Centers

    Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

    The President of Rio de Janeiro’s State Environment Institute (INEA) just signed a “letter of intent” with the Association of Supermarkets of Rio de Janeiro State (ASSERJ) and the Federation of Cooperatives of Recyclable Material Collectors (Febracom) to install selective collection centers in all the state’s supermarkets. The centers will allow consumers to return plastic […]

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    DR Authority Criticizes Deceptive Advertising by Stores

    Friday, March 20th, 2009

    When you move to a new country, you immediately start noticing how it differs from your former home.  Differences that perhaps you knew about intellectually and maybe even noticed in visits before you moved, but they just did not truly sink in before you were actually confronted by them in daily life.  When my family […]

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