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    A Call for a Reality Check on Biofuel

    Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

    If you listen to their proponents, biofuels are the answer to many environmental, energy and economic ills and can do no wrong.  They are destined to unseat OPEC and free us all from hydrocarbon dependence.
    If you listen to their detractors, biofuels are a sham that may bring environmental disaster and servitude to multinational corporations, increase […]

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    Biofuel in Barbados?

    Thursday, August 23rd, 2007

    If you’re not familiar yet with Barbados Free Press but care about the West Indies, you should check out BFP.  Sometimes quirky, but always entertaining and usually informative, BFP loves to disclose and comment provocatively on what the island’s traditional press reports timidly or sometimes not at all.  And there’s always many, many comments to […]

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    Member States Ask CAN to Take the Lead on Climate Change

    Tuesday, June 5th, 2007

    Synopsis in English: Officials responsible for environmental protection and sustainable development in the member states of the Andean Community (Comunidad Andina – CAN), meeting recently in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, agreed with CAN’s new Secretary-General and called on CAN to assume the leadership role for the subregion on the issue of climate change.
    Recognizing that “Andean ecosystems […]

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    The 2007 Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award

    Friday, March 9th, 2007

    The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) and Islands Magazine have announced the opening of nominations for the “Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Award” for 2007.
    The award, open to persons, organizations and companies in CTO member countries, recognizes unique and attractive tourism products that embrace sustainable tourism concepts and core values, and which help to enhance tourism product offerings.
    Tourism […]

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    The Significance of the WTO Biotech Ruling for LAC

    Monday, March 5th, 2007

    When the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel on biotech products involving Argentina, Canada, and the US vs. the European Union (EU) released its report at the end of September, I sat down to start this entry with an outline and list of possible points, thoughts, items to check on, etc. — my usual […]

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    Greener Cell Phones?

    Saturday, January 13th, 2007

    Last weekend while catching up on my reading I ran across an article in TierrAmérica entitled “Cell Phones Getting Greener.” Its gist is that that the European Union’s (EU) RoHS Directive will result in cell phones with less toxic material circulating in Latin America and the Caribbean, and that more and more end-of-life (EOL) phones […]

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    Implications of the Stern Review for LAC, Part I

    Tuesday, December 26th, 2006

    Okay, I know what you’re thinking: the Stern Review — the analysis of the economic costs/benefits of coming to grips with global climate change that was commissioned by the UK Government and coordinated by the head of the Government Economic Service (and ex-Chief Economist at the World Bank) Sir Nicholas Stern — has been out […]

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    Recycling Coconuts II: Need Anything Be Wasted?

    Tuesday, October 31st, 2006

    In Part I I looked at how some projects have sprung up in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) to convert those “empty” coconut husks discarded after agua de coco is served or bottled/packaged into useful products, such as flower pots, plant basket liners or “growing walls.” But the market potential for such products […]

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    Toxics in Electronics Redux: Greenpeace Responds

    Monday, October 30th, 2006

    As I noted here previously on the Temas Blog, a few weeks back Treehugger invited me to guest blog about my reservations concerning Greenpeace’s handling of its report on the testing of laptops for certain substances. My entry drew quite a few comments, including a long, detailed reply reputedly penned by the scientist who […]

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    Judging the Electronic Firms

    Monday, September 4th, 2006

    Last week Greenpeace released an interesting report on the environmental performance of 14 major mobile and computer manufacturers. I recommend that anyone interested in environmental management, waste policy and corporate social responsibility to take a look at it, and I am adding it to the Temas reading list.
    To read and/or download the report yourself, […]

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