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    30% of Cancers in Brazil Preventable

    Thursday, February 26th, 2009

    From World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF): Landmark report: many cancers could be prevented across the globe Over 40 per cent of bowel and breast cancer cases in the UK are preventable through healthy patterns of diet, physical activity and weight maintenance, according to estimates in a landmark report that has set out recommendations for policies […]

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    Brazilian Export of Organic Produce

    Sunday, January 11th, 2009

    Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry (MAPA) reports that between August 2006 and September 2008 Brazil exported 37,000 metric tons of organic produce worth about US$26.7 million, 32% of it to The Netherlands, 15% to Switzerland, 12% to the US and 7% to the UK.  Over half (56%) of the exports were organic soy.  Organic exports in 2007 […]

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    Finding More Funds for Global Health During Tough Economic Times

    Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

    From the World Bank: World Leaders Call for More Investment in Global Health A new high-level taskforce* set up to find new ways to finance better health results in poor countries has held its inaugural meeting in Doha at the UN Financing For Development Summit in Qatar. “This is a unique moment for us all. […]

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    IDB Finances Mexican Work on Climate Change / BID financiará agenda de México sobre cambio climático

    Friday, November 21st, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB): IDB supports climate change agenda in Mexico Finances innovations and reforms for climate change mitigation and adaptation, along with climate action plans in over 10 Mexican states The Inter-American Development Bank will finance the first national study on the economic impact of climate change, measures to mitigate that impact […]

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    More LAC Nations Covered by Forest Carbon Partnership Facility

    Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

    Temas Note: When the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility was first officially announced by the World Bank a few months ago, only five Latin American nations (Bolivia, Costa Rica, Guyana, Mexico, Panama) were to participate. Because of strong interest in the Facility, it has been decided recently to expand its developing country participants, and as a […]

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    Electric Cars for Colombia

    Monday, October 6th, 2008

    First Chile, now Colombia.  Where next for electric cars in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)? The American Multi-services Company (Compañía Americana de Multiservicios – CAM) — 100% owned by Enersis S.A., which in turn is a subsidiary of the Spanish energy multinational Endesa — has announced that it is bringing the REVA electric car […]

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    US$6.1 Billion Pledged for the Climate Investment Funds

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    From the World Bank: Donor Nations Pledge Over $6.1 Billion to Climate Investment Funds Funds boost global fight against climate change Leading industrialized nations today pledged more than US$6.1 billion to the Climate Investment Funds, a pair of international investment instruments designed to provide interim, scaled-up funding to help developing countries in their efforts to […]

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    Minas & São Paulo Adopt a Green Purchasing Program

    Sunday, September 28th, 2008

    Two of Brazil’s biggest markets — the states of Minas Gerais (MG) and São Paulo (SP) — each created in August a state program for sustainable public purchasing and contracting that, if done properly, can have a major impact on Brazilian markets — even more so if other states and the federal government follow their […]

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    The Economics of Climate Change in the Caribbean / La economía del cambio climático en el Caribe

    Sunday, September 14th, 2008

    From the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC): ECONOMICS OF CLIMATE CHANGE IN THE CARIBBEAN ECLAC study to review policy and provide country-by-country assessments of its impacts. A review of the economics of climate change in the Caribbean will be the subject of a study to be undertaken by ECLAC […]

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    Cell Phone Recycling in Brazil Weak?

    Wednesday, August 6th, 2008

    Last month Nokia publicized the results of a survey it commissioned of 6,500 consumers in 13 nations, among them Brazil (the only LAC nation included). By now you know the drill — this is The Temas Blog, so we care mostly about the LAC nation involved and very little about the other 12! [Besides, I […]

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