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    Argentina Sets Minimum Efficiency Levels for Refrigerators

    Sunday, May 24th, 2009

    Argentina is one of the few Latin American nations (along with Brazil and Mexico) which has long (since 1999) had a mandatory energy efficiency labeling program for lighting and certain household appliances (refrigerators, freezers, air conditioners, clothes washers, clothes dryers, dishwashers, water heaters).  Even so, to date the mandatory labels have only been issued for refrigerators, […]

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    The Status of Global Renewables

    Saturday, May 16th, 2009

    The Vienna, Austria-based Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) has just released its latest review of the global state of adoption of renewable energy sources — solar (both photovoltaics and passive systems, such as solar water heaters), wind, geothermal, wave, biofuels and small hydro (REN21 excludes large hydropower projects from its review). […]

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    Chile Ratifies the Basel Ban

    Thursday, May 14th, 2009

    Chile’s Congress today approved ratification of the 1995 and 1998 amendments to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal.  Ratifying the 1995 amendment makes Chile a party to the so-called “Basel Ban,” bringing the Ban one step closer to taking effect for all Parties to the Convention.  The 1998 amendment […]

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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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    Colombian Palm Oil Industry Opts for Path to Certified Sustainable

    Thursday, July 17th, 2008

    Last week the group representing Colombia’s palm oil business, the National Federation of Palm Oil Growers (Federación Nacional de Cultivadores de Palma de Aceite – Fedepalma), announced their adherence to the Principles and Criteria of the Zurich-based Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).
    The RSPO arose from a concept first proposed by WWF in 2001. […]

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    Why is LAC Slow to Tap Carbon Funds?

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    The Dominican Republic’s Environment Secretariat (SEMARENA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently co-hosted an event in Santo Domingo designed to prompt Dominicans into tapping the many international funding opportunities for projects related, directly or directly, to climate change (“carbon markets”).
    And well they should! For some […]

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    World No-Tobacco Day: Chile’s “Smoke-Free Classroom” Initiative

    Thursday, June 12th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Chile is a good example of a LAC nation that “followed the script” for World No-Tobacco Day 2008. The idea behind the event held every year on 31 May is to focus on the tobacco control theme for the given year chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO); this year that […]

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    EU Grants Caribbean US$2.5 Mn. to Support Renewable Energy

    Monday, June 9th, 2008

    From the Caribbean Community (CARICOM):
    CARIBBEAN RECEIVES US$2.5M GRANT FROM EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO SUPPORT RENEWABLE ENERGY
    The Caribbean Forum of African Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States (CARIFORUM) and the European Commission, recently signed a Financing Agreement totalling US$ 2.45 million to support the Caribbean Region in the Sustainable Management of its Energy Resources. As part of this […]

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    EIB & IDB to Team Up on Climate Change Mitigation in LAC

    Thursday, June 5th, 2008

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    EIB & IDB to increase co-financing in Latin America, with special emphasis on climate change mitigation
    The European Investment Bank (EIB) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) have agreed to strengthen their cooperation and cofinancing to support strategic development projects in Latin America and the Caribbean.
    In their meeting in the […]

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    Regional Economic Integration and Consumer Protection

    Thursday, October 11th, 2007

    Next week the Research Group on International and Comparative Consumer Law (Groupe de recherche en droit international et comparé de la consommation – Gredicc) of the University of Quebec at Montreal (Université du Québec à Montréal – UQÀM) will be hosting an interesting international conference on "Regional Economic Integration and Consumer Protection in the Americas […]

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