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  • FAO: Bioenergy Can Benefit Rural Poor / La bioenergía puede beneficiar a los pobres rurales

    Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

    The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has released a study showing that bioenergy projects can benefit the rural poor. The study looks at 15 case studies in 12 nations in six regions of Africa, Asia and Latin America to examine the impacts that different types of local level Bioenergy initiatives can have on […]

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    ECLAC on Elements for Formulating Public Policy on Biofuels

    Thursday, February 5th, 2009

    The biofuel programs in the developed countries — particularly those in the US and the European Union (EU) — represent a series of opportunities, challenges and risks for the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).  If biofuel production is to create economic growth in LAC nations without jeopardizing its natural capital and social […]

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    Three Rivers

    Sunday, June 10th, 2007

    Just read a nice review of the 3 Rivers Eco-Lodge in Dominica in today’s Washington Post (if you want to read the online version, you have to register, but it’s free to do so).
    3 Rivers is a good example of the small, rustic variety of Green Globe-certified lodging one can find in Latin America and […]

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    PAHO Throws Down the Gauntlet on Trans-Fats

    Friday, June 8th, 2007

    Temas Note: Although the task force report mentioned in these Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) press releases was actually approved several weeks ago, it was not formally released to the general public until today (07 June). Rather than release it quietly and let it be approved without much public discussion (outside of PAHO and […]

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    World’s First Power Transformers That Run on Vegetable Oil

    Thursday, May 31st, 2007

    Synopsis in English: The Minas Gerais Power Company (Companhia Energética de Minas Gerais – Cemig) — the main power company for Brazil’s central mining and industrial state of Minas Gerais, announced that it plans to switch its power transformers on its grid to utilizing solely vegetable oil as its insulating fluid. Cemig claims that […]

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    Temas Reading List: Energy

    Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

    European Renewable Energy Council (EREC) and Greenpeace International (GP). Working for the Climate: Renewable Energy & the Green Job [R]evolution.  English.  2009. 72 pp.
    GP undertook this study to determine whether there would be more jobs created by its “Energy [R]evolution” scenario (see below) — which called for a nine-fold increase in renewable energy and massive […]

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