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    Modificar la Norma Andina sobre Plaguicidas

    Monday, August 31st, 2009

    Desde la Comunidad Andina (CAN):
    Elaboran propuesta para modificar norma comunitaria de plaguicidas
    Los responsables de los servicios oficiales de Sanidad Agropecuaria de los países de la Comunidad Andina se reunieron la semana pasada, en Lima, para elaborar una propuesta de modificación de la Norma Andina para el Registro y Control de Plaguicidas Químicos de […]

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    A Symbolic Ban of Asbestos

    Thursday, January 29th, 2009

    Brazil’s Environment Minister, Carlos Minc, just banned asbestos.
    Well, not quite.  He announced at the World Social Forum that has banned, through an administrative rule (portaria), the use of any product containing asbesto fibers in construction or goods acquired by the Environment Ministry (MMA) and its associated organs: the national environment agency, IBAMA, the Chico Mendes […]

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    Unique Customs Cooperation Pact on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month Ministers from Central America and the Dominican Republic responsible for the environment, agriculture, health, defense and customs signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Convention for the Control of Imports, Exports and Transit Related to Multilateral Environment Agreements.  The accord is supposedly the first of its kind in the world (I would be interested to […]

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    Colombia Gets Producer Responsibility Agreement for End-of-Life Lighting

    Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

    Colombia’s Environment Ministry (MAVDT) has signed a convenant with nine of the most important lamp manufacturers and importers — Osram, Philips, GE, Havells Sylvania Colombia, Carrefour, Greenlight, Mecanelectro, Sodimac Colombia — to take charge of electrical and electronic lighting at the end of their product life.  The companies agree to:

    Advance efforts to design and implement […]

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    An E-Waste/RoHS Bill For Uruguay

    Monday, September 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month a bill was introduced in the Uruguayan legislature to “create a management system for waste from electrical and electronic apparatuses.”  Uruguay, it seems, is joining Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Costa Rica among the Latin American nations finally moving to tackle the WEEE issue.
    The bill is relatively short (2 pages) and simple, apparently […]

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    Getting Mercury Out of Healthcare

    Tuesday, August 5th, 2008

    In July the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA) proudly announced that all public hospitals within city limits had eliminated their inventory of old fashioned mercury thermometers and replaced them with digital ones.
    Why is that significant?
    A 2006 study done by CABA’s Environmental Health office found that the City’s public hospitals emitted about 40 kg of […]

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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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    State of the North American Environment

    Saturday, June 21st, 2008

    The North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has just released a “state of the environment” (SOE) report entitled The North American Mosiac (English, Spanish, French). The CEC is the main vehicle for environmental cooperation between Canada, Mexico and the US, and as I stated in a prior post, like it or not, Mexico […]

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    If You Can’t Find It Here, You May Not Find It

    Friday, February 1st, 2008

    Quite a few Temas Blog readers noticed the absence of new posts for several weeks. I was fully occupied with work day-and-night on the final stages of the total revamp and re-launch of my main site, temasactuales.com Although work continues on the Spanish and Portuguese versions (coming soon!), the burden has lightened enough […]

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    Chile Reforms Its EIA System

    Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Last week in a joint press conference featuring the Chilean Ministers of Environment, Treasury, Economy, Energy and Mining presented a package of measures intended to make the national Environment Impact Assessment System (Sistema de Evaluación de Impacto Ambiental – SEIA) more “efficient” and “agile.” The measures were mostly drafted by the […]

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