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      A Global Initiative on Efficient Lighting

      Saturday, September 26th, 2009

      From the Global Environment Facility (GEF):
      Lighting Up the Climate Change Challenge
      A new global initiative to accelerate the uptake of low energy light bulbs and efficient lighting systems was launched today by the Global Environment Facility and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
      The close to $20 million initiative, the Global Market Transformation for Efficient Lighting [...]

      Jamaican Voices for Climate Change

      Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

      From UNDP Jamaica:
      Voices For Climate Change Project Launched
      Jamaican entertainers, including Lloyd Lovindeer, Queen Ifrica, Tony Rebel, Boris Gardiner, Pam Hall and many others, have come together for the Voices For Climate Change Project which was launched on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at the Mona Visitor’s Lodge, UWI. The project is a national public education campaign [...]

      UNDP to Help Fortify Venezuela’s National Park System

      Saturday, August 1st, 2009

      Venezuela has one of the oldest national park systems in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  However, most of the nation’s parks are under-funded, under-appreciated and misused by the average Venezuelan, and in serious need of investments in improvements and improved management.
      This week the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Venezuela’s Planning and Development Ministry (Ministerio [...]

      Recycling Ozone-Depleting Substances

      Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

      This week the Regeneration and Recycling Center of the Northeast (Centro de Regeneração e Reciclagem do Nordeste – CRN) will be inaugurated  in the capital of Pernambuco state, Recife. The principal purpose of the CRN is to collect, purify and recycle chlorofluorocarbon 12 (CFC-12), primarily taken from old refrigerators.  The Center can also regenerate other [...]

      Brazil and Uruguay Take the Lead in Implementing GHS

      Saturday, July 4th, 2009

      Yesterday Uruguay became the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to implement the Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS) (known in Spanish as the Sistema Globalmente Armonizado – SGA) through binding legislation.  President Tabaré Vázquez and his Council of Ministers signed Decree 307/009 on safety measures for chemical industry [...]

      Latin America’s First Hydrogen Bus

      Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

      Brazil is known for many “green” experiments and firsts in transportation.  Think of Curitiba’s groundbreaking work on bus rapid transit, Brazil’s pioneering work on sugarcane ethanol and use of flex-fuel vehicles, the country’s aggressive biodiesel program, Vale’s trains run on biodiesel, Itaipu’s development of electric cars that can be charged from biodigestors, and the use [...]

      Upcycling Raffia Sacks

      Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

      Ortigueira is a small municipality (about 24,000) in the rural interior of the southern Brazilian state of Paraná (PR), about 200 kilometers from the state capital.  Until recently it was perhaps best known as the city with lowest human development index (HDI)* ranking for the state.
      Now it’s becoming known as a center of an innovative [...]

      LAC Projects Receive 2009 SEED Award

      Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

      This year’s recipients of the SEED Awards were announced yesterday by the SEED Initiative at a reception linked to this year’s session of the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD), and several of the recipients were from Latin America.
      What is the SEED Award and who is the SEED Initiative? you ask.  The Initiative was founded [...]

      Brazil Launches HCFC Elimination Program

      Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

      Brazil has just launched the Brazilian Program for the Elimination of HCFCs (PBH) to end that nation’s use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs). HCFCs became the substitute of choice for many of the chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) controlled under the Montreal Protocol (on substitutes that deplete the ozone layer) used a refrigerants in such products as freezers and [...]

      Brazil’s Light for All Program Promotes Renewable Energy

      Friday, February 27th, 2009

      A six-year old program to bring electricity to all Brazil’s citizens has concluded that solar, wind or mini-hydro power, or in some cases power generated by natural gas, may be the most practical solution to bring power  to remote places in the Amazon or the Pantanal. To encourage the use of alternative forms of energy, [...]

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