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  • Brazil Creates 22 New National Research Institutes

    Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

    Brazil’s National Council for the Development of Science and Technology (CNPq) just announced the creation of 22 new National Institutes of Science and Technology (INCTs), bringing the number of such national institutes to 123, with total financial resources for R&D of R$581 million.  Nine of the new INCTs will go to São Paulo (SP), four […]

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    CVRD Opts for Railroad Ties of Recycled Plastic

    Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

    Brazil’s largest logistics operator and owner of three of its railroads, Companhia Vale do Rio Doce (CVRD), has decided to start using ties made of recycled plastic and rubber rather than the traditional wood.  CVRD owns the railroads Estrada de Ferro Carajás (EFC), Estrada de Ferro Vitória a Minas (EFVM) and Ferrovia Centro-Atlântica (FCA), and […]

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    O futuro é hoje!

    Thursday, September 27th, 2007

    It is a pleasure to welcome a second guest post by Brazilian Federal Deputy Arnaldo Jardim — for a full introduction please see his "Cidadania Ambiental."  As I mentioned in that post, for those of you who cannot read Portuguese, you can always use the handy translation button in the righthand column of this blog.
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    Toward a Brazilian Certification Program for Biofuel

    Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: At the end of July Brazil’s national certification authority, the National Institute of Meteorology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) held a consultation at their office in Rio de Janeiro on its plan to launch a Brazilian Biofuel Certification Program. The program primarily aims at helping Brazilian biofuel exports (particularly, but not […]

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    In Ethanol, as São Paulo Goes, So Goes Brazil?

    Thursday, May 10th, 2007

    The Governor of São Paulo State (SP), José Serra, recently announced the creation of a high-profile “Special Bioenergy Commission” to map out where the State goes in the production of “clean and renewable energy” in coming years. Within six months (i.e., before the end of October) the Commission is provide the Governor with an […]

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