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    Prospects for Jatropha-based Biodiesel in LAC

    Saturday, September 26th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA):
    Jatropha touted as “one of the best alternatives” for biodiesel production in the Americas

    Argentina, Brazil and Costa Rica discussed the generation of fuels from Jatropha curcas, also known as physic nut or piñoncillo.

    According to Jamil Macedo, coordinator of a hemispheric agroenergy network, “Despite its limitations, the [...]

    A New Image for Chilean Cigarette Packs

    Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

    Chile’s Health Ministry (Minsal) today issued a decree adding a new health warning message and picture to those that must be displayed on cigarette packs sold in that country on a rotating basis.  As of 12 November, cigarette packs placed on the Chilean market must include the image at right on no less than 50% [...]

    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 [...]

    IDB Finances Venezuelan Hydroelectric Project

    Friday, July 31st, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    IDB approves financing for hydropower project in Venezuela

    Credit will enable completion of facility that will supply up to eight percent of the country’s electricity in a sustainable manner

    The Inter-American Development Bank today approved an $800 million supplementary loan to Venezuela for the completion of the Manuel Pilar (also known as [...]

    MERCOSUR Tackles Tobacco Advertising

    Saturday, June 20th, 2009

    At their Ministerial concluded today, the Health Ministers of the Common Market of the South (MERCOSUR) nations  (Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, plus Venezuela once Brazil and Paraguay ratify the Protocol of Adhesion regarding its membership) plus MERCOSUR associate member Chile reached an agreement [MERCOSUR/RMS/Acuerdo No. 01/09] committing themselves to cooperating toward the elimination of [...]

    Still Possible to Challenge Projects on Environmental Grounds in Trinidad

    Wednesday, June 17th, 2009

    Just read an interesting article in IPS News about the latest development in community efforts in Trinidad to stop plans for two aluminum smelters on the island.  Trinidad’s High Court quashed the Environmental Management Authority’s (EMA) grant of a Certificate of Environmental Clearance (CEC) for the construction by Alutrint of a smelter in La Brea.
    Alutrint [...]

    World No Tobacco Day 09: PAHO Calls for All LAC Nations to Adopt Pictorial Warnings

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    From the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO):
    PAHO Calls for Pictorial Warnings on Tobacco Packaging

    Countries urged to follow the lead of Brazil, Canada, Chile, Panama, Uruguay and Venezuela

    Graphic images depicting the sickness and suffering caused by tobacco use should be mandatory on packaging for all tobacco products, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said today on [...]

    Día Mundial sin Tabaco 09: Los logros y retos en Venezuela

    Friday, May 29th, 2009

    Desde el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud y Protección Social (MSPS):
    MIN-SALUD EXHIBIÓ AVANCES Y DESAFÍOS EN CONTROL DEL TABACO
    La celebración del Día Mundial de No Fumar impone la revisión de logros y retos en el control del tabaco, en virtud de lo cual el Ministerio del Poder Popular para la Salud y Protección [...]

    FONTAGRO to Fund IDB Studies on Climate Change Impact on Agriculture

    Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

    From the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB):
    FONTAGRO extends agreement with IDB

    The Bank will manage the Fund until 2011 and finance climate change impact studies

    The Inter-American Development Bank and the Regional Fund for Agricultural Technology (FONTAGRO, for its initials in Spanish) have extended until 2011 their agreement whereby the IDB will continue to manage the Fund, [...]

    Venezuela Toughens Cigarette Pack Images

    Thursday, April 16th, 2009

    Venezuela has just adopted newer, tougher images to be displayed on cigarette packs on a rotating basis.  Manufacturers have until 03 July to deplete their inventories of packs with the old images and switch to only using the new ones.
    The messages accompanying the images say:

    “This product is harmful to health and produces addiction”; “Smoking causes [...]

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